Courses

Certificate III in Arboriculture

AHC30816

Do you have a special connection to trees and an interest in urban environments? Branch out with our Certificate III in Arboriculture and combine your love of the outdoors and passion for conserving nature with a fascinating career as an arborist.

Direct Entry and Traineeship in Arboriculture

You will learn appropriate trade skills in Arboriculture – an advantage to your employer and an aid to getting ahead in the industry.

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 VTIO – Victorian Tree Industry Organisation. The VTIO covers a broad range of disciplines within the industry including ongoing training.

Employment outcomes

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

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.

Local Students

Code

AHC30816

Campuses

FAIRFIELD

Department

Horticulture and Landscaping
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: available
International Students 4 days per week for 1 year

Part-time: 2 years
NB: Part-time only: 1 day per week
Traineeship - you will need to be employed before entering this course
(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

Modes of Delivery

Off-campus, Practical Work, Classroom

Fees

Eligible:$5050
Ineligible:$12500
Concession:$1,010
Materials:$95

The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

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Assessment Methods

This is a competency-based course where assessment is based on the your ability to achieve unit outcomes. Assessment methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, oral activities, and third party reports

Materials

All 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.

Entrance Requirements

  • this course is a Traineeship and also available for direct entry
  • as a Trainee, you will be eligible for this course if you are employed in the aboricultural/horticultural industry and have a signed Training Agreement with your employer and Melbourne Polytechnic
  • prospective direct entry and trainees students will be interviewed to establish if this course is suited to their needs
  • we look forward to welcoming you to this course, at Melbourne Polytechnic

Pathways to further study

Take 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 Pathways

Become 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

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July

International Students

Code

AHC30816

CRICOS Code

095907D

Duration

Full-time: available
International Students 4 days per week for 1 year

Modes of Delivery

Off-campus, Practical Work, Classroom

Fees

  • Tuition fees per semester: $10668
  • Tuition fees per year: $16000
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Entrance Requirements

Academic: Australian Year 11 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.

Assessment Methods

This is a competency-based course where assessment is based on the your ability to achieve unit outcomes. Assessment methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, oral activities, and third party reports

Materials

All 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 study

Take 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 Pathways

Become 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

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July
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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.

Code Subjects Hours
AHCARB207 Perform ground based rigging 60
AHCARB301 Implement a tree maintenance program 40
AHCARB302 Inspect trees for access and work 80
AHCARB303 Perform pruning operations 80
AHCARB305 Dismantle trees 120
AHCARB306 Undertake aerial rescue 60
AHCARB307 Use advanced climbing techniques 120
AHCARB308 Install cable and bracing 60
AHCARB310 Perform aerial rigging 90
AHCARB311 Tie, dress, set and finish arborist knots 30
AHCARB312 Use standard climbing techniques to access trees 40
AHCARB313 Identify trees 90
AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities 70
BSBWOR204 Use business technology 20
CPCCOHS1001A WORK SAFELY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY 6
FWPCOT2237 Maintain chainsaws 20
FWPCOT2239 Trim and cut felled trees 40
FWPCOT3238 Operate a pole saw 40
FWPFGM3212 Fall trees manually (intermediate) 40
HLTAID003 PROVIDE FIRST AID 18
TLID1001 Shift materials safely using manual handling methods 20
TLILIC2005 Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more) 30
UETTDREL14A WORKING SAFELY NEAR LIVE ELECTRICAL APPARATUS AS A NON-ELECTRICAL WORKER 40

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.