Tree Surgeon Beckenham,
While anyone can call themselves a tree surgeon, the vast majority of tree surgeons have professional qualifications which show they can work safely and effectively with trees. In the UK, there is professional training available for tree surgeons up to the level of a Masters degree. However, very few tree surgeons will study to this level. Most tree surgeons will have practical qualifications from a land-based or agricultural college, such as a national certificate or national diploma, along with compulsory chainsaw-related safety certificates, known as NPTCs.
When employing a tree surgeon, it’s vital that you check their levels of qualification to ensure they have the skills and experience to carry out the kind of work you require. Some tree surgeons are more qualified than others, but all tree surgeons should have experience of working safely in and around trees. Many tree surgeons also have particular specialisms, such as diagnosis and treatment of trees, climbing and pruning, working near cabling, lightning protection, or consultation and report writing. This means that if you have a particular kind of problem that needs the attention of a tree surgeon, you’re likely to be able to find a suitably qualified person. If you’re in doubt, ask the tree surgeon for evidence of their qualifications.
You should also ask your tree surgeon about whether they participate in any ongoing education to further improve their skills. A tree surgeon who’s serious about keeping their skills and techniques as good as they can be will be open and willing to take part in continuing education and training.