Busy arborists remain reluctant to train online, survey finds

Travel distances and lack of time are the main impediment to arborists taking training, a survey by the Arboricultural Association has found.

Yet fewer than a third expressed support for e-learning, compared with the three-quarters who backed single weekday courses as a training format. Barely one in eight respondents favoured residential format courses.

A total of 647 practitioners submitted responses, of whom 568 were AA members. Of these, 56 per cent said training was an important part of AA membership, second only to its role in providing publications and news.

However business skills training came out as more important for non-members, with established members rating the provision of business skills and marketing very low in comparison.

Over 70 per cent of respndents were aged 40 or above. Nearly 22 per cent have been members for 20 years or more.

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