The Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme (ELC) provides financial support towards retraining to those leaving the armed forces. This ELCAS funding can be used to obtain Level 3+ qualifications. As an approved ELCAS provider, Lynher Training offer a range of Level 3 qualifications and courses.

All training takes place in Devon and Cornwall. Lynher Training can provide these packages to service leavers from anywhere in the UK who wish to come and stay in the area (accommodation is not provided). Training can be arranged in weekly or fortnightly blocks.(Find the latest L3F&A theory course dates here > http://lynhertraining.com/l3fa/)

Find a sample learning plan at the bottom of this page; this shows a great example of how to work courses together to achieve good value and a great head start in your new career!

Updated July 2021
The Training Packages available are:

Level 3 City and Guilds Certificate in Forestry and Arboriculture (CODE – IFA30CRED)
A 30 Credit City and Guilds Qualification covering  training for NPTC 201,202,203 – Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross-cutting and Felling to 380mm, Woodchipper, Tree ID and Planting, Tree Planting and Aftercare.
£1250 Exc NPTC Assessment (NPTC 201/202/203 extra £250)

Level 3 City and Guilds Subsidiary Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture (CODE – 3FA60CRED)
A City and Guilds Qualification covering 60 credits which can be chosen from a variety of courses including training for NPTC 201,202,203 – Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross-cutting and Felling to 380mm, Woodchipper, Woodland Management, Tree and Shrub Pruning, Tree Survey, Inspection and Legislation, Tree Pests and Diseases, Tree ID and Planting, Tree Planting and Aftercare, Tree and Plant Science. Advanced Candidates can also include NPTC unit 307 Aerial Pruning.
£2500 excluding NPTC Assessments (NPTC 201/202/203 extra £250)

Level 3 City and Guilds 90-credit Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture (CODE – 3FA90CRED)
A City and Guilds Qualification covering 90 credits which can be chosen from a variety of courses including training for NPTC 201,202,203 – Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross-cutting and Felling to 380mm, Woodchipper, Woodland Management, Tree and Shrub Pruning, Tree Survey, Inspection and Legislation, Tree Pests and Diseases, Tree ID and Planting, Tree Planting and Aftercare, Tree and Plant Science. Advanced Candidates can also include NPTC unit 307 Aerial Pruning.
£3750 excluding NPTC Assessments (NPTC 201/202/203 extra £250)

Level 4 ABC Award in Arboriculture (CODE – L4AWARD)
An ABC Level 4 Qualification including Tree biomechanics and maintenance, Principles of woodland establishment and management. (Recommended Prerequisite – Level 3 or above in Forestry and Arboriculture depending on knowledge and experience)
Starting 29th November 2019 – more details here >>
£1250 – Contact us to discuss

NPTC Courses
(Note: ELCAs are no longer approving NPTC Courses as a Combined Package/Programme)

These individual courses can be mixed with the Level 3 Certificate to provide a balance of theory and pre-requisite courses – speak to us for details of how to personalise your plan.

Our approved courses are:
NPTC301 – Felling over 380mm – £495 inc ass (CODE – LYN-301)
(Pre-requisite Basic Chainsaw 201,202,203) NB: Please note this is only available until September 2021 – thereafter it will be Felling Medium Trees 380 to 760 mm, which has an independent NPTC assessment. This (with the chipper) will then be five days

NPTC302 – Sever Uprooted Trees – £575 inc ass (CODE – LYN-302)
(Pre-requisite Basic Chainsaw 201,202,203 + Felling over 380mm 301) NB: Please note this is only available until September 2021 – thereafter it will be replaced with three options. We will be aiming to offer the Level 3 Certficate of Competence in Indvidual Windblown Trees. – with the new courses we will have to re-apply to ELCAS to have the courses approved

NPTC307 – Aerial Tree Pruning – £425 inc ass (CODE – LYN-307)
(Pre-requisite 201,202,203 + 206,306,308 see above) NB: to be advised – new course from July and we will have to re-apply to ELCAS to have the courses approved

NPTC309 – Aerial Rigging – £775 inc ass (CODE – LYN-309)
(Pre-requisite 201,202,203,206,306,308,307) NB: to be advised – new course from July and we will have to re-apply to ELCAS to have the courses approved

Qualsafe Emergency First Aid at Work – £80 inc ass (CODE – LYN-EFAW)
Level 3 in Emergency First Aid at Work – 1 day

Qualsafe Forestry First Aid – £125 inc ass (CODE – LYN-EFAWF)
Level 3 in Emergency First Aid at Work(as above) plus additional Forestry First Aid Unit – 1 day

A Note on RPL Training

If during your Year1/CAN1 you complete the L3 Certificate for £1250; you can come back and complete the L3 Subsidiary Diploma in Year2/CAN2 for £1250 by using the RPL from your L3 Certificate. Simply get a booking form from us showing your learning plan and cost to present to your Resettlement Education Officer.

Similarly you can also come back to complete your 90-Credit Diploma for £1250 in Year 2/3 if you have completed the Subsidiary Diploma previously.

If using the Online Claim Wizard, adjust/notify your education officer of the adjustment to costs in Section 6.

Do get in touch with us to discuss and get a quote.

Example 2 year Personal Development Plan for Tier 2 Candidate – Updated July 2021

There are several options available in building your Personal Development Plan depending on your funding tier so we advise that you talk with us about what you would like to achieve and we can establish if we can work elements into your plan. See below an example of a Tier 2 funded plan over two years.

1st Claim

NOTE: Prerequisite Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue (complete before taking F&AUnit 308, either with another training centre or with us at a cost of £710 for the full course and assessment, or £135 for the assessment only if trained elsewhere)

1FA30CRED – Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture £2500 excluding NPTC Assessments extra £395)

To include:
Unit 327 – Basic Chainsaw (NPTC 201,202,203)
Unit 327 – Woodchipper (NPTC or Lantra – as available)
Unit 305 – Tree ID and Tree Planting (Theory)
Unit 306 – Tree Planting and Aftercare (Practical)
Unit 318 – Tree Science (Theory) (NB: Required to complete Aerial Unit308 below)
Unit 308 – Undertake Advanced Arboricultural practices 
                   includes training for Using Chainsaw in a Tree (excludes assessments)
                   and Lantra Basic Tree Inspection course
Unit 319 – Land based Machinery 
                  includes Powered Pole Pruner and Brushcutter (NB: Unit 327 required to complete this unit)

Total Cost for ELC courses = £2500
ELC Funding = £2000
Personal Contribution = £500
Additional Assessment – £250 + £135 = £395
Total for candidate to pay = £895
(Plus prerequisite of Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue – Total to pay £1605)

2nd Claim (with L3 Subsidiary Diploma above as RPL)

3FA90CRED – Level 3 90-Credit Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture (including RPL above) = £1250 exc NPTC assessments
Unit 312 – Tree Pests and Diseases
Unit 314 – Tree Survey and Inspection
Unit 309 – Woodland Management

Plus £1250 for Advanced NPTC Courses, Emergency First Aid, Level 4

Total Cost for ELC courses = £TBC on course selection

With this plan, at the end of CAN 2 you will achieve the Level 3 90-Credit Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture.

What our customers say:

Fantastic training provider, helpful and flexible enough to fit courses in around working full time.
Instructors very knowledgeable and provide an enjoyable learning environment. Everything learned is being used daily and all pitched at the right level.

Excellent communication and flexibility. Good instruction throughout.

Solid course with relevant content enabling me to retrain for a change in employment.