National code: AHC50520

Diploma of Arboriculture

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Overview About this course

Take your love of trees and the outdoors and turn it into a career as you take your arborist career to the next level. Work in nature and the built world to shape beautiful treescapes and use your advanced skills to work as a consultant, supervisor or manager in this growing industry.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Advanced arboriculture techniques and practice

  • Business operations, such as preparing estimates, quotes, tenders and reports

  • Prepare computer-aided drawing (CAD) arboriculture plans

  • Identify, select and specify trees for landscapes

  • Work, health and safety and risk assessments

  • Interpret and apply legislative requirements

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Participate in projects such as tree disease diagnosis and treatment, tree risk management assessments, developing tree assessment and impact assessment reports and developing quotes

  • Skills and knowledge to start your own consultancy practice

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

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.

  • You have completed AHCARB314 - Implement a tree maintenance program, AHCARB316 - Perform pruning operations and AHCARB323 - Identify trees, or equivalent units, as evidenced by a copy of your transcript

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Conceptualisation skills and appreciation of the aesthetics and form of trees

  • An aptitude for identifying tree and understanding tree physiology

  • Effective communication skills

  • Problem solving and planning skills

  • Steel-capped boots, long sleeve shirts and pants in drill cotton

  • Intermediate level fitness to manage physical demands such as working on uneven surfaces with tree debris

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 12 high school level

  • 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.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: head arborist, tree manager, consulting arborist and senior arborist.


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. The hazard and risk assessment of trees at NSW Public Schools requires the Diploma of Arboriculture as a minimum qualification.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Diploma of Arboriculture does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 0 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

The Diploma of Arboriculture does not have any post-graduate courses.

Related study 0 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Diploma of Arboriculture does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

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.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Arboriculture qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 10 units of competency, including 8 core and 2 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.

  • Specify and audit tree work AHCARB510

  • Examine and assess trees AHCARB513

  • Develop an arboricultural impact assessment report AHCARB509

  • Prepare arborist reports AHCARB511

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

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

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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