Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Arboriculture will facilitate your fascinating and unique career as an arborist. Be part of a well-respected sector of the horticultural industry called upon to assess and repair damage to our trees.
Climb high and gain a rewarding career
Arboriculture is your first choice if tree maintenance and sustainability are important to you. You will learn how to identify and select trees, diagnose and treat their health, and prepare tenders and reports. You will be trained in the most up to date techniques available to this trade, using highly specialled equipment that meets industry best practice and all 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). They cover a broad range of disciplines within the industry including ongoing training.
On the completion of this course you will be a qualified arborist.
This course is specifically targeted at those interested in tree assessment and sustainability. Career opportunities can vary from researching urban development benefits to risk assessment for councils.
A competency based course assessment is built on student’s abilities to achieve unit outcomes. Methods of assessment include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios, oral activities and third party reports. 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
One day per week over two years.
Class Schedule: *
Tue - PM
Wed - PM
**Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor
Modes of DeliveryOther, Classroom
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
Entrance RequirementsProspective students will have completed the Certificate III in Arboriculture as a minimum entry to the course. Applicants will be interviewed to establish if this course is suited to their needs.
Assessment MethodsA competency based course assessment is built on student’s abilities to achieve unit outcomes. Assessment methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios, oral activities and third party reports. 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.
MaterialsA list of equipment and reference material that needs to be purchased by you will be distributed early in the course.
Pathways to further studyThe Diploma of Arboriculture may lead to further study including degrees in science and horticulture.
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 Units of Study listed below have been approved for VET FEE-HELP. You may be required to undertake additional Units of Study in order to obtain the qualification. You will need to determine your particular combination of Units of Study with the department.
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|AHCARB502A||IDENTIFY, SELECT AND SPECIFY TREES||120|
|AHCARB503A||DIAGNOSE TREE DISEASE||120|
|AHCARB504A||DEVELOP A TREE PROTECTION PROGRAM||90|
|AHCARB505A||DOCUMENT AND AUDIT TREE WORK||90|
|AHCBUS504A||PREPARE ESTIMATES, QUOTES AND TENDERS||120|
|AHCOHS501A||MANAGE O.H. & S. PROCESSES||90|
|AHCPCM601A||DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PLANT HEALTH MANAGEMENT STRATEGY||200|
|AHCWRK509A||PROVIDE SPECIALIST ADVICE TO CLIENTS||100|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.