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Certificate III in Arboriculture

Code: AHC30816 CRICOS: 095907D

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Overview

Campus
Campus
Duration

2 years part time

Next Intake

February

Next Intake

February

Branch out with a Certificate III in Arboriculture AHC30816

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 the Certificate III in Arboriculture AHC30816 take me?

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

Study Pathways

Take your skill set even further by going on to the Diploma of Arboriculture AHC50516 or branch out into other streams of horticulture, including the Diploma of Horticulture AHC50416.
The day I walked in to Melbourne Polytechnic, everything turned around. Studying here gave me confidence, and opened doors for my future and for my work career.
Steve Mclean
Arboriculture Graduate
Portrait of Steve Mclean

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Practical Work

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.

On-campus

Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute.

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 30
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

Attend an Information Session

Our information sessions will give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and answer your questions about your course.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $1260 $6300 $15500
Materials fee $65 $65 $65
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $1500 $6615 $15815
Per year $
Per semester $

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.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

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 2021. 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

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

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

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

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.

Courses in horticulture at Melbourne Polytechnic

Certificate II in Horticulture AHC20416
Horticulture - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Fairfield
Free Tafe Horticulture - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Fairfield
Our Certificate II in Horticulture AHC20416 is a hands-on course that will prepare you for a career in Horticulture. This pre-apprenticeship program provides the basic skills and knowledge necessary for employment in the industry and provides a foundation for moving into an horticultural apprenticeship or to undertake additional studies in other Horticulture certificates.
Certificate III in Parks and Gardens - Apprenticeship AHC31016
Horticulture - Apprentice, Full Time - Fairfield
Horticulture - Apprentice, Full Time - Fairfield
Become a qualified Horticulturalist in with our Certificate III in Parks and Gardens AHC31016 - Apprenticeship stream. This course is for Apprentices already learning and working in the Horticulture industry.
Certificate III in Horticulture AHC30716
Horticulture - Full Time, Part Time - Fairfield, Epping
Free Tafe Horticulture - Full Time, Part Time - Fairfield, Epping
Nurture your interest in all things green with a Certificate III in Horticulture AHC30716. A flourishing and rewarding career is bound to follow.
Diploma of Horticulture AHC50416
Horticulture - - Fairfield
VTAC Horticulture - - Fairfield
Nurture your interest in all things green by gaining a well sought after qualification in the Diploma of Horticulture AHC50416. Be the one dispensing advice on plant suitability, health and design, and become the expert this ever changing and dynamic industry needs - a rewarding career awaits.
Certificate II in Floristry (Assistant) SFL20115
Horticulture - Full Time, Part Time, Pre Apprentice - Fairfield
Horticulture - Full Time, Part Time, Pre Apprentice - Fairfield
Develop your trade skills and let your creativity bloom. The Certificate II in Floristry SFL20115 (Assistant) is a national qualification teaching you skills to work as a florist in a shop or studio. Put your love of flowers, creative flair and eye for detail to work with a beautiful and rewarding career in Floristry.

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

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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