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The Royal Forestry Society has been offering qualifications & certifications in arboriculture and forestry for over 100 years


 

 

 

Certification Overview

 

Each RFS Certification comprises:

  • A theory course in a relevant field at level 2 or higher for example Level2 ABC/RFS award in Arboriculture
  • A suite of 8 practical modules of competency from NPTC or Lantra.
  • The above combine to a "portfolio" of academic and practical competencies.

 

Theory Qualifications

 

  • The theory qualification standard for the RFS certification in Arboriculture or Forestry is the ABC Level 2 Certificate in Arboriculture or Forestry

  • Equivalency recognition. We recognise that not all applicants will have completed the ABC award to fulfil the theory requirement of the RFS Certificate.
  • For this reason, we are always prepared to consider alternative theory qualifications on a case-by-case basis, so long as the relevant award is at Level 2/3, or above and in a closely alligned field.

 

Practical Certificates of Competency


The practical requirement for the RFS Certification is a suite of 8 or more NPTC or Lantra certificates of competency..

Four of these modules are compulsory units (CS30/31 & Woodchipper), two more must be completed at level 2 and two more at level 3 to qualify.

 

AN EXAMPLE OF A SUCCESSFUL  SUITE OF QUALIFICATIONS IS BELOW


Compulsory Practical Modules

Name of Award

NPTC code

Lantra Code

Award date

Certificate/ Qualification number

Chainsaw Maintenance

0020-01 (CS 30.1)

600/5699/X

23.12.2011

xxxxx

Cross-cut Timber using a Chainsaw

0020-02 (CS 30.2)

600/5700/2

23.12.2011

xxxxx

Processing Trees up to 380mm

0020-04 (CS31)

600/5703/8

23.12.2011

xxxxx

Manually Fed Wood Chippers

0305-09 (AO6)

Not Offered

21.11.2017

xxxxx


Optional Practical Modules

Name of Award

NPTC code

Lantra Code

Award date

Certificate/ Qualification number

Accessing a Tree using a Rope and Harness

0020-07 (CS38.1)

600/5709/9

01/12/2011`

xxxxx

Safe Use of a Powered Pole Pruner

0020-06 (CS 48)

600/5708/7

20/11/2017

xxxxx

Aerial Tree Rescue Operations

0021-06 (CS 38.2)

600/5711/7

01/12/2011

xxxxx

Aerial Cross Cutting of Trees using Free-Fall Techniques

0021-08 (CS 39)

600/5713/0

10/03/2012

xxxxx

 

Candidates must complete the full Certificate of Competency in each practical skill from a recognised awarding/examination body and obtain the official completion certificate (license to practice). RFS does not accept lesser certificates of training or attendance. Recognised awarding and examination bodies include NPTC (City & Guilds) and Lantra.

 

Correspondence relating to RFS Qualifications


All enquiries and correspondence relating to RFS qualifications should be addressed to Adam Todd at RFSCertifications@rfs.org.uk

 For the certificates of competency in practical skills, RFS recognises qualifications awarded through NPTC (City & Guilds) and Lantra. These are the leading awarding bodies for land-based and environmental training courses and qualifications in the UK. Titles and coding for compulsory and optional certificates of competency are provided on our course pages.

We only accept certificates of competency that are formally assessed as licenses to practice, not lesser certificates of training or attendance. 


RFS does not provide direct delivery of any course material. Candidates are responsible for completing each element at their own pace, and with approved educational and training providers of their own choice. There are several learning routes, including full-time, part-time and distance learning options. Many of the practical training courses are offered through colleges or independent training providers on a day or block-release basis. Candidate should ensure that the courses and training they take will meet RFS requirements, see relevant information on specific course pages. 


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  • PLEASE NOTE THAT BOTH THE SUCCESFUL COMPLETION OF JUST THE THEORY COURSE DOES NOT ENTITLE THE HOLDER TO USE THE RFS POST-NOMINAL ACCREDITATION