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.
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
International Students NB: Part-time only: 1 day per week for 2 years
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 Course Advisor
Modes of Delivery
Off-campus, Practical Work, Classroom
Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. 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
Assessment MethodsThis 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
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.
- 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 studyTake your skill set 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.
|AHCARB207||PERFORM GROUND BASED RIGGING||60|
|AHCARB302||INSPECT TREES FOR ACCESS AND WORK||80|
|AHCARB303||PERFORM PRUNING OPERATIONS||80|
|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|
|AHCWRK305||COORDINATE WORK SITE ACTIVITIES||70|
|BSBWOR204||USE BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY||20|
|CPCCWHS1001||PREPARE TO WORK SAFELY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY||6|
|FWPCOT2239||TRIM AND CUT FELLED TREES||40|
|FWPCOT3238||OPERATE A POLE SAW||40|
|FWPFGM3212||FALL TREES MANUALLY (INTERMEDIATE)||40|
|FWPHAR2206||OPERATE A MOBILE CHIPPER/MULCHER||30|
|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|
You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
This qualification aligns with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3.