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Part Time: 2 years


Glen Waverley

This course provides you with the necessary skills and knowledge that, when combined with workplace skills, will enable you to perform the function of an arboriculture tradesperson.

It has been designed for employees and employers in the arboriculture industry or those who are wishing to gain employment in the arboriculture industry.

After completion of this course, you may be employed by arborists, tree care companies, local councils and parkland operators.

During your study, you will experience tree climbing, aerial rescues and pruning at Holmesglen's Rural Learning Centre, near Eildon, as well as gaining practical experience in bush, rural and metro settings. 

These training camps will be held over one week. We also provide courses for industry that are delivered at various times throughout the year, including but not limited to, chainsaw, chipper, tree felling and trim and cross cut training and licence to operate a boom.

Other skills sets related to the arboriculture industry may be delivered on request.

Course structure

To receive this qualification you must complete 14 core units and nine elective units.

Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from industry and staff qualifications.

If you have already completed other eligible elective units, these may be counted towards completion of this program. Electives will vary according to which stream has been chosen.

The electives displayed are for the Climbing and Elevated Platform stream. There are four specialisation streams: climbing, climbing and elevated work platform, elevated work platform, ground-based arborist.


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards





Install cable and bracing


Identify trees


Use business technology


Work safely in the construction industry


Provide first aid


Shift materials safely using manual handling methods


Working safely near live electrical apparatus as a non-electrical worker


Use standard climbing techniques to access trees


Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)


Tie, dress, set and finish arborist knots


Coordinate work site activities


Maintain chainsaws


Trim and cut felled trees


Inspect trees for access and work


Fall trees manually (basic)


Fall trees manually (intermediate)


Dismantle trees


Undertake aerial rescue


Perform aerial rigging


Perform pruning operations


Operate a pole saw


Perform ground based rigging


Use advanced climbing techniques

Code Name
AHCARB308Install cable and bracing
AHCARB313Identify trees
BSBWOR204Use business technology
CPCCOHS1001AWork safely in the construction industry
HLTAID003Provide first aid
TLID1001Shift materials safely using manual handling methods
UETTDREL14AWorking safely near live electrical apparatus as a non-electrical worker
AHCARB312Use standard climbing techniques to access trees
TLILIC2005Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)
AHCARB311Tie, dress, set and finish arborist knots
AHCWRK305Coordinate work site activities
FWPCOT2237Maintain chainsaws
FWPCOT2239Trim and cut felled trees
AHCARB302Inspect trees for access and work
FWPCOT2236Fall trees manually (basic)
FWPFGM3212Fall trees manually (intermediate)
AHCARB305Dismantle trees
AHCARB306Undertake aerial rescue
AHCARB310Perform aerial rigging
AHCARB303Perform pruning operations
FWPCOT3238Operate a pole saw
AHCARB207Perform ground based rigging
AHCARB307Use advanced climbing techniques

Entry requirements

Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.

To undertake as a traineeship, you will need a training agreement with a registered employer from a relevant industry.


You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.



After completing this course, you will receive the nationally endorsed AHC30816 Certificate III in Arboriculture.


At the completion of this course you may undertake further studies in the AHC40416 Certificate IV in Horticulture and AHC50416 Diploma of Horticulture.


- Local government arborist
- Arborist
- Urban planning assistant
- Aboricultural supervisor

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A training contract must be completed by the employer and trainee within the first two weeks of employment.

If you have further questions about your application, please contact the department:


03 9564 1699


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Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

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Horticulture Open Days

Visit us on Open Day for an overview of the Horticulture industry, starting at 4.30pm. You'll get to tour the horticulture department's facilities (at the Waverley campus), talk to teachers and get the information you need to study a course in horticulture, arboriculture, landscape construction and design, parks and gardens, nursery, turf or sustainability. We'll even help you apply on the night!

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Holmesglen Glen Waverley Campus, 595 Waverley Road Glen Waverley Australia

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