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2 years part time
2 years part time
Grow your passion for conserving nature into an outdoor career with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Arboriculture. 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.
The Certificate III in Arboriculture 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.
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.
"It means 'future' to me. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... Studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."
Traineeship - you will need to be employed before entering this course. Monday to Thursday - AM and PM. Delivered over four semesters.
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.
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.
|AHCARB207||PERFORM GROUND-BASED RIGGING||Elective||60|
|AHCARB302||INSPECT TREES FOR ACCESS AND WORK||Core||80|
|AHCARB303||PERFORM PRUNING OPERATIONS||Core||80|
|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|
|AHCWRK305||COORDINATE WORK SITE ACTIVITIES||Core||70|
|BSBWOR204||USE BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY||Core||20|
|CPCCWHS1001||PREPARE TO WORK SAFELY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY||Core||6|
|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|
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.
Studying at Melbourne Polytechnic
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Our Student Life at Melbourne Polytechnic (SLAM) team run the fun stuff on campus: things like movie nights, bake sales, cook-offs, career expos, spring markets, and much more.Student Life at Melbourne Polytechnic
Melbourne Polytechnic has a large range of specialist training facilities in health and community, construction, hospitality, education and more.Specialist Training Facilities
One of the most common misconceptions about scholarships is that you have to be 'top in your class' to apply. Melbourne Polytechnic scholarships are awarded on a range of criteria such as merit, your area of study and personal circumstances.Scholarships
|Concession||Government subsidised fee||Non-subsidised fee|
|Tuition fee||$1110||$ 5550||$13750|
|Materials fee||$65||$ 65||$65|
|Maximum annual amenities||$175||$ 250||$250|
|Total payable||$1350||$ 5865||$14065|
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 1 November 2019. 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.
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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 DELTA and you will be allocated a DELTA 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.
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