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HORT424 – Tree Pruning

Module code
Module title
Tree Pruning
The aim of this module is to develop students ability to identify tree pruning requirements and undertake appropriate tree pruning.
  • SX1703
NZQA Level
Level 4
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Identify the tree form and features to be emphasised, and describe pruning.
Prune mature amenity trees with hand tools while above ground.
Prune mature trees with a chainsaw while above ground.
-Tree forms, pruning objectives
-Tree features and client requirements
-Three step cuts
-Target pruning
-Hazard identification and control
-Pruning; crown reduction, crown lifting, crown thinning, deadwooding, formative or restoration, removal of damaged branches and stems
-Hand tools; handsaw, pole prunner loppers, secateurs, pole saw
-Working techniques and progression, ground staff role
-Tree accesses
-Codes of Practice
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Teaching and learning methods will be face to face delivery including workshops, project based interactive tasks, with group sessions, tutorials, and creation of portfolios of evidence.

Assessment Criteria
Assessment in this module is mixed mode. Students must gain a minimum mark of 50% in the achievement-based assessments and meet all the requirements of the competency-based assessments including carrying out all tasks in a safe manner and to industry standard to be eligible for a final grade for this module. The final grade will be based on the marks from the achievement-based assessment tasks.

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