Certificate III in Arboriculture - AHC30820

Wodonga Institute of TAFE

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge for trade level roles in the arboriculture industry, including, climbing arborist, EWP arborist, crane specialist, environmental arborist and an arborist works coordinator.Individuals with this qualification perform a range of arboriculture activities including, shaping and canopy management, tree health and remediation, environmental and habitat development, to tree dismantling and removal. The work involves high risk operations either working at heights or conducting support works to individuals working above ground. Work practices operate within a strict safety regime to protect workers and public.\tLegislation, regulations and by-laws relating to the treatment and removal of trees apply in some States and Territories.


  • Inspect trees for access and work
  • Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
  • Implement a tree maintenance program
  • Access trees for inspection
  • Operate and maintain stump grinding machines
  • Use arborist climbing techniques
  • Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Carry out inspection of designated area
  • Perform a ground-based tree defect evaluation
  • Use cranes to access and dismantle trees
  • Operate a mobile chipper/mulcher
  • Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
  • Perform EWP controlled descent escape
  • Undertake aerial rescue
  • Transport and store chemicals
  • Fall trees manually (intermediate)
  • Perform ground-based rigging
  • Maintain chainsaws
  • Install tree support systems
  • Fall trees manually (advanced)
  • Conduct a safety audit
  • Coordinate work site activities
  • Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)
  • Recognise fauna
  • Perform pruning operations
  • Control weeds
  • Trim and cut felled trees
  • Maintain wildlife habitat refuges
  • Work safely at heights
  • Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
  • Implement a tree protection program
  • Working safely near live electrical apparatus as a non-electrical worker
  • Identify trees
  • Perform dogging
  • Control traffic with stop-slow bat
  • Supervise and audit tree operations
  • Provide first aid
  • Manage trees to create and maintain habitat refuges
  • Dismantle trees
  • Perform EWP rescue
  • Verify pruning specifications
  • Operate a pole saw
  • Apply biosecurity measures

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Wodonga Domestic: $7,380
  • Flexible Delivery : 2 years

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