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Certificate III in Arboriculture

Jobtrainer Code: AHC30816 Cricos: 095907D

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Overview

Campus

Fairfield

Campus

Fairfield

Duration

2 years part time

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

Branch out into a career in arboriculture

Grow your passion for conserving nature into an outdoor career with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Arboriculture AHC30816. Arboriculture is the study of tree cultivation and management, with outdoor work and tree climbing part of the day-to-day job. Arborists are in very high demand, with only 15% of advertised job opportunities filled in the past several years. With increased focus on parks and green spaces in our urban area, arboriculture is a career that is set to grow over the next five years.

Learn industry best practice with official accreditation

The Certificate III in Arboriculture AHC30816 is designed to train you in the latest techniques, using highly-specialised equipment. You’ll learn how to safely access trees, and carry out maintenance and removal works, whilst identifying trees and assessing their health, suitability and longevity. This qualification has been developed with industry body, the Victorian Tree Industry Organisation, to ensure that all graduates enter the workforce with industry-standard skills. Melbourne Polytechnic has a strong reputation for excellence in Arboriculture, with previous students winning awards, including the Victorian Training Award for Trainee of the Year in 2018.

Work with the environment in an in-demand industry

This nationally recognised qualification will allow you to gain employment as an arborist anywhere in the country. Australia is experiencing a skill shortage, and arborists are in high demand. You might find employment with local government, tree maintenance contractors, botanical gardens, large parks or even private homes. Your specialised knowledge might also lead to indoor work, including consultancy roles in urban planning or timber analysis.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

This nationally recognised qualification will allow you to gain employment as an arborist anywhere in the country.
  • Urban Planning Specialist
  • Arborist
  • Timber Analyst

Pathways

Take 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.

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Off-campus
  • Practical Work
  • Classroom

Class Schedule

Traineeship - you will need to be employed before entering this course. Monday to Thursday - AM and PM. Delivered over four semesters.

Assessment Methods

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.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
AHCARB207 PERFORM GROUND-BASED RIGGING Elective 60
AHCARB302 Inspect trees for access and work Core 80
AHCARB303 PERFORM PRUNING OPERATIONS Core 80
AHCARB305 DISMANTLE TREES Elective 120
AHCARB306 UNDERTAKE AERIAL RESCUE Elective 60
AHCARB307 USE ADVANCED CLIMBING TECHNIQUES Elective 120
AHCARB308 INSTALL CABLE AND BRACING Elective 60
AHCARB310 PERFORM AERIAL RIGGING Elective 90
AHCARB311 TIE, DRESS, SET AND FINISH ARBORIST KNOTS Core 30
AHCARB312 USE STANDARD CLIMBING TECHNIQUES TO ACCESS TREES Elective 40
AHCARB313 Identify trees Core 90
AHCWRK305 COORDINATE WORK SITE ACTIVITIES Core 70
BSBWOR204 USE BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY Core 20
CPCCWHS1001 PREPARE TO WORK SAFELY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Core 6
FWPCOT2237 MAINTAIN CHAINSAWS Core 20
FWPCOT2239 TRIM AND CUT FELLED TREES Core 40
FWPCOT3238 OPERATE A POLE SAW Core 40
FWPFGM3212 FALL TREES MANUALLY (INTERMEDIATE) Core 40
FWPHAR2206 Operate Mobile Chipper/Mulcher Elective 30
HLTAID003 PROVIDE FIRST AID Core 18
TLID1001 SHIFT MATERIALS SAFELY USING MANUAL HANDLING METHODS Core 20
TLILIC2005 LICENCE TO OPERATE A BOOM-TYPE ELEVATING WORK PLATFORM (BOOM LENGTH 11 METRES OR MORE) Core 30
UETTDREL14A WORKING SAFELY NEAR LIVE ELECTRICAL APPARATUS AS A NON-ELECTRICAL WORKER Core 40

Recognition of Prior Learning

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.

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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Job Trainer Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $1160 $1160 $5800 $14300
Materials fee $65 $65 $65 $65
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $1475 $1400 $6115 $14615
Per year $16800
Per semester $8400
Materials fee $65

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 19 November 2020. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees explained

Eligible students will pay 20 per cent of the standard Government subsidised tuition fee. Students can access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund, including Free TAFE courses.

Who is eligible for JobTrainer?

To qualify for a non-traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or unemployed. 

To qualify for a traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or
    have been unemployed at the commencement date of the Training Contract; or became employed within 31 days before the commencement date of their Training Contract

To find out if you are eligible for Job Trainer or Free TAFE, call us on 03 9269 8400.

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking 

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

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.
All students will need to provide their own personal protective equipment (PPE). 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.

Scholarships on offer

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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
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.

Next Steps

Traineeships are coordinated via the Trade and Traineeship Support Unit (TSU) where you will provide details of your employer, who will register you with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.

The AASN will register your training contract on EPSILON and you will be allocated a EPSILON number. Melbourne Polytechnic will then be able to enrol you into your training program.

If you have any questions about the application procedures for an Apprenticeship, please contact the TSU.

Application procedure

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