Personalised for LOCAL students.
Local student means; you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.
Personalised for INTERNATIONAL students.
International student means; you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.
}

Arboriculture

Certificate III in

Code: AHC30816 Cricos: 095907D

Sorry, this course is not available for international students.

If you are a local student you may be eligible.

Switch to local student

To find a course that's available to international students, please visit the search page:

Go to search page

Our courses are being delivered remotely
Melbourne Polytechnic is recognised as an essential service and continues to operate. Due to the coronavirus restrictions, the way our courses are delivered will look a little different for the foreseeable period.

Most of our courses are being taught remotely with an interactive and supportive learning environment, including assessments wherever possible.

Limited activity or training which cannot be delivered entirely remotely will be delivered on campus, with strict health and safety measures in place.

Overview

Campus

Fairfield

Campus

Fairfield

Duration

2 years part time

Duration

2 years part time

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February

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. 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 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.

Akolda Bil

"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."

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.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
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
Per year $16800
Per semester $8400
Materials fee $65

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.

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.

Attend an Info Session 

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.
;

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 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.

Application procedure

Recognising Organisations

}