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Arboriculture

Diploma of

Code: AHC50516 Cricos: 095909B

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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

Duration

2 years part time

Duration

2 years part time

Next Intake

February

Next Intake

February

Branch out while studying arboriculture.

If you are passionate about sustainability and the health of our trees, a career in arboriculture may be just what you’re looking for. Arboriculture is an important industry in Australia, specialising in one of our most precious natural resources. The arboriculture industry employs over 40,000 workers with an annual turnover of over $1 billion. As you study arboriculture at Melbourne Polytechnic our qualified, professional teachers will train you in identifying and selecting trees, diagnosing and treating their health, and preparing tenders and report

Be guided by teachers with deep roots in the industry.

At Melbourne Polytechnic, our arboriculture teachers are industry connected, with expertise and up-to-date knowledge about an ever-changing field. Our Diploma of Arboriculture allows students to access industry-standard equipment and world class facilities. You will take part in theory-based and practical field based learning, preparing you to be job-ready for your career in arboriculture. Melbourne Polytechnic’s strong industry links to the Victorian Tree Industry Organisation ensures that the skills you acquire with us will reflect the needs of the industry.

Grow into a dynamic new career.

Qualified and skilled arborists are in high demand throughout Australia. At the conclusion of the course you could branch out into a number of careers, from researching urban development benefits, to completing risk assessments for councils.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Become an Arborist and work anywhere in the country. Spend your days in botanical gardens and large parks or pursue contract and consultancy roles, such as an urban planning specialist or timber analyst
  • Arborist

Pathways

The Diploma of Arboriculture may lead to further study including degrees in science and horticulture

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

1 day per week over 2 years

Assessment Methods

A competency based course assessment is built on your ability to achieve unit outcomes. Assessment methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios, oral activities and third party reports. 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
AHCARB302 INSPECT TREES FOR ACCESS AND WORK Elective 80
AHCARB313 IDENTIFY TREES Elective 90
AHCARB403 PERFORM A GROUND-BASED TREE DEFECT EVALUATION Elective 100
AHCARB502 IDENTIFY, SELECT AND SPECIFY TREES Core 120
AHCARB504 DEVELOP AN ARBORICULTURAL IMPACT REPORT Core 90
AHCARB505 DOCUMENT AND AUDIT TREE WORK Core 90
AHCARB506 PREPARE ARBORIST REPORTS Core 90
AHCARB601 EXAMINE AND ASSESS TREES Core 120
AHCARB602 DIAGNOSE TREE DISEASES Core 120
AHCWRK508 INTERPRET LEGISLATION Core 100

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
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $ 5800 $13800
Maximum annual amenities $ 250 $250
Total payable $ 6050 $14050
Per year $17352
Per semester $8676

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.

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Requirements

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

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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