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Diploma of Arboriculture

Code: AHC50520

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Overview

Campus
Duration

2 years full time

Next Intake

Rolling

Next Intake

February, March

Branch out while studying a Diploma of Arboriculture AHC50520.

If you are passionate about sustainability and the health of our trees, seek out a career in arboriculture.

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.

Learn from skilled arborists in Melbourne who are industry connected, have expertise and up-to-date knowledge about an ever-changing field. Our Diploma of Arboriculture AHC50520 allows students to access industry-standard equipment and facilities such as our Yarra Edge Nursery.

You will take part in theory-based and practical field-based learning, preparing you to be job-ready for your career as an arborist. 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 as an Arborist.

Qualified and skilled arborists are in high demand throughout Australia. At the conclusion of our Diploma of Arboriculture AHC50520, you could branch out into a number of careers with help from our Skills and Job Centre. Explore opportunities such as researching urban development benefits or completing risk assessments for councils.

Career Pathways

Where will the Diploma of Arboriculture AHC50520 take me?

Complete our Diploma of Arboriculture AHC50520, 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

Study Pathways

The Diploma of Arboriculture AHC50520 may lead to further study including degrees in science and horticulture.

I was fortunate enough to have some fantastic teachers. They taught me everything that I know and I think that if you were to sit there and get taught by these teachers, then you'll be in great stead in the industry.
Caleb Johnson
Certificate III in Sports Turf Management Graduate and Outstanding Apprentice/Trainee of the Year 2022
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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 / Virtual classroom

A blend of both face-to-face and virtual learning with scheduled classes taking place on-campus and in virtual classrooms. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

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
AHCARB408 Perform a ground-based tree defect evaluation Core 100
AHCARB508 Identify, select and specify trees Core 120
AHCARB509 Develop an arboricultural impact assessment report Core 90
AHCARB510 Specify and audit tree work Core 100
AHCARB511 Prepare arborist reports Core 90
AHCARB513 Examine and assess trees Core 120
AHCARB514 Diagnose tree diseases Core 120
AHCWRK507 Implement professional practice Elective 100
AHCWRK508 Interpret legislation Core 100
AHCWRK509 Provide specialist advice to clients Elective 100

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
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $6800 $16200
Materials fee $50 $50
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $7100 $16500
Per year $0
Per semester $0

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.

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. 

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

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.

A list of equipment and reference material that needs to be purchased by you will be distributed early in the course.
A list of equipment and reference material that needs to be purchased by you will be distributed early in the course.

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Certificate III in Sports Turf Management - Apprenticeship AHC31319
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Certificate IV in Horticulture AHC40416
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Nurture your interest in all things green by a gaining a well sought after qualification with our Certificate IV in Horticulture AHC40416. 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 III in Landscape Construction - Non-Apprenticeship AHC30921
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Certificate III in Arboriculture - Climbing Arborist Traineeship AHC30820
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Horticulture - Part Time, Traineeship - Fairfield
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Requirements

To commence this qualification an individual must have achieved the following units of competency or their equivalent:

  • AHCARB314 Implement a tree maintenance program
  • AHCARB316 Perform pruning operations
  • AHCARB323 Identify trees

If you need to achieve one or all of these units of competency, please enquire.

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 from the Apply Now page.

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 our Skills and Job Centre, 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 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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