Our 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 is 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 specialised 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 VTIO – Victorian Tree Industry Organisation. The VTIO covers a broad range of disciplines within the industry including ongoing training.
On successful 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 your ability 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
Class Schedule: *
1 day per week over 2 years
*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 MethodsA competency based course assessment is built on your ability 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.
- entry to this course is reliant on you having complete the Certificate III in Arboriculture (minimum entry)
- all applicants will be interviewed to establish if this course is suited to your needs
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 hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|AHCARB302||INSPECT TREES FOR ACCESS AND WORK||80|
|AHCARB403||PERFORM A GROUND-BASED TREE DEFECT EVALUATION||100|
|AHCARB502||IDENTIFY, SELECT AND SPECIFY TREES||120|
|AHCARB504||DEVELOP AN ARBORICULTURAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT REPORT||90|
|AHCARB505||DOCUMENT AND AUDIT TREE WORK||90|
|AHCARB506||PREPARE ARBORIST REPORTS||90|
|AHCARB601||EXAMINE AND ASSESS TREES||120|
|AHCARB602||DIAGNOSE TREE DISEASES||120|
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 5.