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Diploma of Arboriculture

National Course Code: AHC50516


The nationally recognised Diploma of Arboriculture is a specialist qualification that prepares you to become a professional arborist. Work in nature and the built world to create beautiful treescapes and use your advanced skills to work as a consultant, supervisor or manager in this growing industry.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework learn:

  • To diagnose tree diseases and their treatment
  • How to identify, select, and specify plants for landscapes
  • To develop work, health and safety plans and tree risk assessments
  • To develop impact assessment reports
  • To prepare computer-aided drawing (CAD) arboriculture plans
  • How to prepare estimates, quotes, tenders and reports


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Conceptualisation skills and appreciation of the aesthetics and form of trees
  • Effective communication, problem solving and planning skills


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at diploma level
  • Skills and knowledge to start your own consultancy practice

Career opportunities:

  • Head arborist
  • Tree manager
  • Consulting arborist

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • Excellent work, health and safety, risk assessment and amelioration skills
  • Conceptualisation skills and appreciation of the aesthetics and form of trees
  • Effective communication
  • Problem solving
  • Planning and development skills

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development. In this course you will undertake:

  • Knowledge assessments: extended response, research tasks
  • Practical skills assessments: demonstrations under observation
  • Simulated workplace projects: scenario-based problem solving
  • Begin your study with a Certificate III in Arboriculture and gain your trade level qualification
  • Advance your existing skills and knowledge with the Diploma of Arboriculture and launch your career as a professional arborist in consulting, management or supervisor roles

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Advanced arboriculture techniques and practice
  • Business operations, such as preparing estimates, quotes, tenders and reports
  • Preparing computer-aided drawing (CAD) arboriculture plans
  • Identifying, selecting and specifying plants for landscapes
  • Work, health and safety and risk assessments

At TAFE NSW, we understand the importance of practicing your hands-on skills learnt in authentic workplace scenarios. Throughout your arboriculture course, you will participate in projects such as:

  • Tree disease diagnosis and treatment
  • Tree risk management assessments
  • Developing tree assessment and impact assessment reports
  • Developing quotes

TAFE NSW offers you a range of online and on-campus study environments like industry specific computer rooms, simulated arboriculture workplaces, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities - to enhance your learning and employability.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • 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
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

Job trends in the field of arboriculture include:

  • Worldwide demand for sympathetic tree management
  • Remote working and the harnessing of digital technologies to reach customers and to consolidate various operational needs
  • An increase in demand for consultant arborists to plan and develop green spaces and urban parks in conjunction with NSW Government policy and to mitigate the effects of a warming climate

Urban growth is becoming denser and the push for more outdoor spaces requires landscapes to be created, developed and maintained. This requires trees and vegetation and these need to be actively managed for both aesthetic and safety purposes.

Commercially, the management of vegetation around infrastructure such as roads and powerlines, and ongoing development and redevelopment means that demand for professional arborists will continue into the future.

Residentially, most properties have vegetation of some description, and sometimes its management requires professional input and advice. An increasingly hot climate will have the effect of damaging more vegetation, which will also need to be managed by professional arborists.

  • Nationally Recognised Training

This course is superseded

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