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2 years part time
This is the traineeship version of the course. See the non-traineeship Certificate III in Arboriculture AHC30820 course here.
Grow your passion for conserving nature into an outdoor career with our Certificate III in Arboriculture AHC30820 (Climbing Arborist). Arboriculture is the study of tree cultivation and management, with outdoor work and tree climbing part of the day-to-day job.
The Certificate III in Arboriculture AHC30820 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 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.
Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.
Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.
Traineeship - you will need to be employed before entering this course. Monday to Friday. Delivered over four semesters.
Assessment methods include written assessment, observation and project/folio.
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.
|Perform ground-based rigging
|Implement a tree maintenance program
|Inspect trees for access and work
|Perform pruning operations
|Undertake aerial rescue
|Use arborist climbing techniques
|Install tree support systems
|Implement a tree protection program
|Access trees for inspection
|Manage trees to create and maintain habitat refuges
|Trim and cut felled trees
|Fall trees manually (intermediate)
|Operate Mobile Chipper/Mulcher
|Provide First Aid
|Work safely in the vicinity of live electrical apparatus as a non-electrical worker
Attend an Information Session
|Government subsidised fee
|Maximum annual amenities
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 1st of November. 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.
The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment.
The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.
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:
The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:
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:
Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.
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 trainees will be interviewed to establish if this course is suited to your needs.
As a general guide to entry, learners will be best equipped to achieve the course outcome if they have a minimum level of literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) Level 3.
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.
Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.
Local student means; you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.