Do you have a special connection to trees and an interest in urban environments? Branch out with Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Arboriculture and combine your love of the outdoors and passion for conserving nature with a fascinating career as an arborist.
Reach high and achieve a rewarding career
Arboriculture is your first choice if tree maintenance and sustainability are important to you. Work outdoors and climb trees for a living. You will learn how to safely access trees and carry out pruning, maintenance and tree removal works. Identify trees and assess their health, suitability and longevity. The Certificate III in Arboriculture is designed to train you in the most up to date techniques available to this trade, using highly specialised equipment that meets industry best practice and legislative standards.
Industry connections and resources
Our qualified and industry-experienced teachers will guide you through your studies with professionalism and current knowledge. You will have access to all the right gear and exceptional facilities.
The industry body is the Victorian Tree Industry Organisation (VTIO). The VTIO covers a broad range of disciplines within the industry including ongoing training.
Incorporated with a trade certificate, this nationally recognised qualification will allow you to gain employment as a qualified Arborist in the tree maintenance industry. This could be with local government or tree maintenance contractors who often service government authorities as well as the private sector.
There is currently a high demand for industry professionals within Australia and overseas.
Assessment is based on your ability to achieve unit outcomes. Assessment methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments. At the commencement of each unit, you will be given an outline of what is to be covered in that unit and how the unit will be assessed.
DepartmentHorticulture and Landscaping
Full-time: NB: Part-time only: 1 day per week Apprenticeship: Australian apprentices undertaking this course may be eligible for the Commonwealth Government’s Trade Support Loan (TSL) program
(delivered over four semesters)
Class Schedule: *
Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
Entrance RequirementsProspective students will be interviewed to establish if this course is suited to their needs.
Assessment MethodsAssessment is based on the student’s abilities to achieve unit outcomes. Assessment methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments. At the commencement of each unit, you will be given an outline of what is to be covered in that unit and how the unit will be assessed.
MaterialsAll students will need to provide their own personal protective equipment (PPE), as per the Melbourne Polytechnic Student Code of Conduct. Minimum requirements are, safety helmet with ear protection, protective footwear, protective eyewear, Hi Vis clothing and cut resistant leg protection. You will be given a list of items required at the beginning of the course.
Pathways to further studyTake your skillset even further by going on to the Diploma of Arboriculture or branch out into other streams of horticulture, including the Diploma of Applied Horticultural Science.
Career PathwaysBecome an Arborist and work anywhere in the country. Spend your days in botanical gardens and large parks or pursue contract and consultancy roles, such as an urban planning specialist or timber analyst.
Units Of Study
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|AHCARB204A||UNDERTAKE STANDARD CLIMBING TECHNIQUES||40|
|AHCARB301A||IMPLEMENT TREE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM||40|
|AHCARB302A||CONDUCT TREE INSPECTIONS||80|
|AHCARB303A||IMPLEMENT A TREE PRUNING PROGRAM||80|
|AHCARB305A||REMOVE TREES IN CONFINED SPACES||120|
|AHCARB306A||UNDERTAKE AERIAL RESCUE||60|
|AHCARB307A||UNDERTAKE COMPLEX TREE CLIMBING||120|
|AHCARB308A||INSTALL CABLE AND BRACING||60|
|AHCARB310A||PEFORM AERIAL RIGGING||90|
|AHCMOM304A||OPERATE MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT||40|
|AHCPCM303A||IDENTIFY PLANT SPECIMENS||80|
|CPCCCM3001A||OPERATE ELEVATED WORK PLATFORMS||32|
|CPCCOHS2001A||APPLY OHS REQUIREMENTS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY||20|
|FPICOT2221B||TRIM AND CROSS CUT FELLED TREES||40|
|FPIFGM3204A||FALL TREES MANUALLY (INTERMEDIATE)||100|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.