Take your career to new heights as you learn to cultivate, maintain and protect trees and treescapes. Learn everything you need to know about being an arborist from the ground up while promoting environmental sustainability.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Implement care and maintenance of trees and treescapes
Manually fall trees and operate and maintain stump grinding machines and mobile chippers
Perform pruning operations
Use arborist climbing techniques
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Gain your experience on-the-job with your employer or in simulated workplace environments
A sound understanding of rigging techniques
The ability to inspect sites for correct access and dismantling space
Experience in pruning established amenity trees
Be comfortable with working safely in the arboriculture industry
Confidence in your plant and tree management
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.
Check the campus page for requirements to take this course as an apprenticeship
This course may also be offered as a non-apprenticeship. Enquire today to discuss your eligibility
During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:
To complete this course, you must have the physical capability to climb trees to heights of up to 30 metres using industry climbing equipment. You must also be able to safely complete tasks while working at heights and ensure your safety and the safety of others.
Your teacher will let you know when you’ll be assessed on these capabilities as part of the following Climbing Arborist specialty units:
AHCARB317 – Dismantle trees
AHCARB318 – Undertake aerial rescue
AHCARB319 – Use arborist climbing techniques
It’s important to note that if you are assessed not to meet the physical requirements of these units, you will not be able to complete this course. Your teacher will direct you to a more appropriate course in arboriculture.
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Confidence working at heights
Intermediate level fitness to manage physical demands such as using chainsaws, safely climbing trees up to 30m in height, carrying materials, working on uneven surfaces with tree debris
Steel-capped boots, long sleeve shirts and pants in drill cotton
A class C - Car licence, to transport tools and vehicles around a range of TAFE NSW simulated environments that may be distant from your campus location
Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 12 high school level, in order to read arboriculture references, chemical labels, safety data sheets, and perform basic mathematical calculations
TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test. This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Arborists maintain and care for trees and shrubs by lopping limbs and shaping branches, treating trees with fertilisers and insecticides, removing dead or decaying trees, and advising on general tree care.
Other jobs include: Climbing arborist, Elevated work platform arborist, Crane specialist arborist, Environmental arborist and Arborist works coordinator
Arborists do not need a licence to practise arboriculture in Australia, yet SafeWork NSW, the Tree Contractors Association of Australia, Arboriculture Australia and the Local Government Tree Resources Association recommend that professional arborists meet several requirements. Arborists practising in Australia should represent a professional business, hold proper worker's compensation insurance, and have minimum qualifications of Certificate II in Arboriculture for carrying out ground and climbing work, and/or Certificate III in Arboriculture for supervising climbing work. To successfully work within the arboriculture industry, you will also need a Pesticide Licence, to demonstrate you have a safe and ethical understanding of chemical applications, handling and storage. Visit NSW Environmental Protection Agency for licensing requirements and guidelines before you apply.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate III in Arboriculture (Climbing Arborist) does not have any post-graduate courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Arboriculture (Climbing Arborist) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 18 Units of competency, including 9 core and 9 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.
TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)
TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
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