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13.02.19 - 12.06.19
FSC Centre, Epping Forrest, Nursery Rd, High Beech, Waltham Abbey, Loughton IG10 4AF

Arbtech ASSET ecology training course.


ASSET began in 2017 and was originally an acronym for Arbtech Summer Starters Ecology Training, designed to take ecology graduates and bring them up to a standard where they could earn money as a sub-contracting assistant working alongside full-time Arbtechers at our larger sites. It involved an ASSET candidate shadowing a full-time Arbtecher for a period of time before being allowed to assist on a (paid) survey.

In 2018, ASSET evolved. Arbtech ran two ASSET courses in Staffordshire for 50 trainees and aspiring consultants. Many of the course participants have since been engaged on a variety of ecological tasks with Arbtech, and one of the participants is now working as a full-time consultant with us.

The course is led by Chris Formaggia and various senior consultants at Arbtech. ASSET consists of five classroom sessions of 5 hours - a total of 25 hours of taught content. There are also 3x field survey elements, providing further contact hours with tutors and extremely valuable real-life survey experience with licenced consultants.


The ASSET ecology training course has been developed to train you to an adequate standard to undertake various ecological services as a sub-contractor for Arbtech, and to introduce individuals to a career in ecological consultancy. ASSET is intended to help bridge the industry's key failing: the gap between graduating in a relevant environmental subject and undertaking professional work as a consultant.

What You'll Learn

Day 1:
Key skills of ecological consultants, on and off-site decision making, and a practical introduction to report writing. Individual homework assignment.

Day 2:
Combined introduction to amphibian and reptile surveys. The day includes in-field practical survey sessions and an evening survey for GCN. Individual and group homework assignment.

Day 3:
Introduction to bat surveys and techniques. The day includes bat handling, in-field practical survey session and a dusk emergence survey. Individual and group homework assignment.

Day 4:
Introduction to PEA/Phase 1 Habitat Survey and the desk study, a GIS drawing skills session and practical, in-field PEA survey session. Individual and group homework assignment.

Day 5:
Close out day: Sessions on "Working for Arbtech", various mammal surveys, birds, in-field practical survey session, presentation of best student award, distribution of USB-pen drives, company apparel etc, and leaving drinks!

Further Details

For further information and to book your place, please visit the Arbtech website.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

This event is approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and may be counted as 75 CPD credits.

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