Writtle University College and ARU have merged. Writtle’s full range of college, degree, postgraduate and short courses will still be delivered on the Writtle campus. See our guide to finding Writtle information on this site.

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Short courses and CPD

We offer a range of short courses, from certified training for health and social care professionals, to craft and hobby courses, and accredited programmes that support technical skills. Disover the benefits of studying with ARU.

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Aerial Tree Rigging (NPTC)

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Get the knowledge, understanding and skills required to carry out aerial tree rigging in line with current legislation. This Level 3 Certificate of Competence is NPTC City & Guilds approved.
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Gain an NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence in using a chainsaw from a rope and harness. Our accredited course at Writtle College is ideal if you use chainsaws as part of your work in arboriculture, forestry or other industries.
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Maintain your levels of competence and make sure you're working to current industry best practice, with our one-day refresher course in Chainsaw from a Rope and Harness, at Writtle College.
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Get the knowledge, understanding and skills required to maintain a chainsaw and crosscut timber safely to industry standards, in line with current legislation, in this intensive practical course at Writtle College.
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Demonstrate you have up-to-date knowledge and skills by refreshing your chainsaw maintenance and cross-cutting qualification. This course is NPTC City & Guilds approved.
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Get the knowledge, understanding and skills required to climb trees and perform aerial rescue safely, to industry standards, in line with current legislation. This Level 2 Certificate of Competence is NPTC City & Guilds approved.
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Get the knowledge, understanding and skills required to fell medium trees up to 760mm safely, to industry standards, in line with current legislation. This Level 3 Certificate of Competence is NPTC City & Guilds approved.
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Get the knowledge, understanding and skills required to fell small trees up to 380mm safely, to industry standards, in line with current legislation. This Level 2 Certificate of Competence is NPTC City & Guilds approved.
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Demonstrate you have up-to-date knowledge and skills by refreshing your Felling and Processing Small Trees (up to 380mm) qualification. This course is NPTC City & Guilds approved.
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Learn to work from a MEWP in this one day integrated training and assessment programme, which is NPTC City & Guilds approved.

Powered Pole Pruner (Lantra)

CPD and short courses

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Writtle
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Learn to safely use and maintain a Powered Pole Pruner in this two day integrated training and assessment programme, which is Lantra Awards approved.

Powered Pole Pruner NPTC

CPD and short courses

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Writtle
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Short course
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Learn to safely use and maintain a Powered Pole Pruner in this two day integrated training and assessment programme, which is City and Guilds NPTC approved.
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Refresh your training in safely using and maintaining a Powered Pole Pruner in this one day course which is approved by Lantra Awards.

Professional Tree Inspection

CPD and short courses

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Writtle
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Learn to recognise hazardous trees as part of your work, and implement control measures in an appropriate timescale. Our three-day course is accredited by Lantra.
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Update your tree inspection skills with our one-day refresher course at Writtle College, accredited by Lantra Awards.
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Writtle
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Demonstrate you have up-to-date knowledge and skills by refreshing your tree climbing and aerial rescue qualification. This course is NPTC City & Guilds approved.
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Learn to identify common signs and symptoms that may lead to tree or limb failure, and how to report issues. Our short course at Writtle College is accredited by Lantra Awards.
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Writtle
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Gain a Level 3 Certificate of Competence in using a chainsaw from a MEWP as part of your work in arboriculture, forestry or other industries. Our course is accredited by NPTC City & Guilds, and offers a student-tutor ratio of 2:1.

Woodchipper (NPTC)

CPD and short courses

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Writtle
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Short course
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Learn to prepare, use and maintain a woodchipper safely in this one day City & Guilds NPTC integrated training and assessment programme.