Becoming a "Tree Doctor" (Arborist) - HKU SPACE: Heritage Conservation & Management, Architecture courses
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Architecture, Environment & HousingHeritage Conservation & Management

Becoming a "Tree Doctor" (Arborist)

New Course
Course Code
Application Code
Study mode
Start Date
20 Jul 2020 (Mon)
6 days
English supplemented with Cantonese
Course Fee
How to Apply
Deadline on 13 Jul 2020 (Mon)
3416 6413
2508 6403

Do you want to do more for our trees? An arborist specializes in the cultivation, management and study of trees. His/her main focus is on the proper caring to ensure the health and structural conditions of trees, hence the term “tree doctor”. This course gives you a glimpse into the career in arboriculture.

A series of tree collapsing accidents since 2008, the need for a qualified arborist is in demand for local tree management, as trees are not only a natural part of the greenery but living members of the community embodying historic, cultural and even emotional meanings.





Learning Objective


20 JUL 



Introduction to becoming a “Tree Doctor”


i. Understand the works of arborist and the significance of tree management works

ii. Understand the importance of trees, particularly urban trees

iii. Understand the challenges of urban trees


21 JUL    (TUE)

Field Visit to an Urban Park

i. Understand basic plant classification

ii. Recognize 20 common urban trees in Hong Kong


22 JUL 


Tree risk assessment

i. Distinguish tree risk and hazard

ii. Understand basic components and procedures for tree risk assessment(TRA) by using visual tree assessment (VTA)

iii. Explain how trees adopt different environmental situations and carry out correctional growth


23 JUL  (THU)

Field Practice - Tree risk assessment 1

i. Apply VTA knowledge to conduct TRA

ii. Appraise the condition of trees

iii. Provide feasible and reasonable mitigation for various tree problems


24 JUL (FRI)

Field Practice - Tree risk assessment 2 and exploring urban forest 

Part 1: Tree risk assessment 2 (tree doctor assessment)

Part 2: Exploring urban forest

i. Consolidate TRA knowledge

ii. Apply TRA knowledge independently

iii. Describe and explain the importance and benefit of urban trees



25 JUL (SAT)

Reflection and conclusion



Application Code 1892-1065NW -
Start Date 20 Jul 2020 (Mon)

Days / Time
  • Mon - Sat, 9:30am - 12:30pm

Applicants should be aged 15 or above


Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$4,300
Enrolment Method


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Applicants shall

a)  complete the enrolment form and enrol in the course(s)

(i) at the Enrolment Centres of HKU SPACE (please refer to the ‘Enrolment Centre’ section) by cash, EPS, cheque/bank draft or credit cards (VISA / MasterCard);


(ii) by mail with cheque/bank draft to ‘HKU SPACE Summer School Office, 11/F, 250 King’s Road, Hong Kong’

Cheque/Bank draft should be made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ with applicant’s name and course(s) applied written on the back.  A photo of the applicant (in plain colour background, 45mm(W) x 55mm(H)) is also required.

b)  apply through the School’s online enrolment system and pay by credit card or PPS.

All applicants who are below age 18 on 13 July 2020 MUST complete and submit the ‘Parent/Guardian Consent Form’ together with the Enrolment Form.

If you are applying for more than one course, please check to ensure that there is no clash of class schedules before submitting your application.


  1. Fees and places on courses cannot be transferred from one applicant to another. Once accepted to a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on approved transfers.
  2. Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  3. Receipts will only be issued once. For additional copies of proof of payments, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a completed form and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’. Such copies will only normally be issued at the end of a course.

For details of admission, information for students, enrolment centres and other information related to HKU SPACE Summer School, please visit our Summer School webpage.