Offering Info

Certificate III in Arboriculture

  • National Course Code: AHC30816
  • TAFE NSW code: AHC30816-01V02-21RYD-478

Location – Ryde (TRAINEESHIP)


Part Time



Course Start Date

Enquire Now

Study Commitment

13 Hours per week


18 Months

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Arboriculture takes your career to new heights as you learn to cultivate, maintain and protect the environment around you. Learn everything you need to know about being an arborist from the ground up, while promoting environmental sustainability.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Identify trees
  • Manually fall trees
  • Operate and maintain stump grinding machines
  • Implement tree maintenance programs
  • Perform pruning operations
  • Use arborist climbing techniques


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Interest in plant and tree management
  • A love for the botanical world
  • Good communication skills
  • Effective collaboration skills
  • Ability to work in solitude


Completing this course provides you with:

  • Strong pathways to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
  • First aid certificate

Career opportunities:

  • Arborist (ground based tree worker)
  • Arborist (climbing and/or elevated work platform)
  • Head arborist
  • Consulting arborist


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate IV in Horticulture
  • Certificate IV in Production Horticulture
  • Diploma of Horticulture

This course is superseded.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.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol now.


TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate III in Arboriculture as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in? the arboriculture industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed? traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


During your study, you will need to meet specific requirements to complete your coursework.

You need to meet the following requirements to be able to undertake work placement. Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:

  • A general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card) you will need this before you can enter a construction site


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

  • A passion for contributing to a greener world
  • An intermediate level of fitness
  • Confidence to work at heights
  • An interest in working to high industry standards
  • A computer with internet access, and Microsoft Word

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • To be reasonably physically fit, prepared for hard work, and complete 14 core and 9 elective units.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date Time Location
Tuesday, 22 June 2021 06.00pm to 8.30pm Ryde campus, Building A, level 5, Auditorium


This is a Part-Time Evening, Blended course. You will need to attend approximately 13 hours of class, over 2-3 days a week, for 54 weeks.

You may also be required to complete approximately 10 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study and research, worksheets outside class time, assignment and test preparation, plus knot tying and rigging practice.


The target participants for this cohort are:

  • A combination of people wishing to work as well as people who may have work experience in the arboriculture sector.
  • LLN support will be provided to the learners who need extra support to course complete.
  • Additionally, some students may enter the course with pre-existing knowledge and may be eligible for recognition of prior knowledge.


There is a new version of this course coming soon. If it is available before you complete your studies, you will be notified of your options and may be transferred to AHC30820.

The first term is Wednesday nights from 6-9pm plus Saturday workshop for First Aid and a Saturday workshop on Electricity awareness, which both cover core units, plus one other Saturday morning field day. You start practical classes on the last Friday of term one from 7am to 3:30pm . The second term is Wednesday nights from 6-9pm plus eight (8) Friday practical sessions from 7am to 3:30pm, plus two more Saturday morning field days. The third and fifth terms are Monday nights from 6-9pm plus Tuesday nights from 6-9pm plus 9 Friday practical ground based rigging and cutting sessions from 7am to 3:30pm. The fourth term has Monday nights from 6-9pm plus Tuesday nights from 6-9pm. Saturday field days are also spread across the second and third semesters.


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Wednesday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and Friday from 7:00am to 3.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • Basic consumable equipment-Handsaw, cost approximately $40, and Chemical Applications Manual and Workbook (2 units), cost approx. $80


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

Learn about TAFE NSW Payment/Funding


Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
FWPFGM3212 Fall trees manually (intermediate)
AHCARB313 Identify trees
FWPCOT2237 Maintain chainsaws
FWPCOT3238 Operate a pole saw
AHCARB303 Perform pruning operations
CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
TLID1001 Shift materials safely using manual handling methods
AHCARB311 Tie, dress, set and finish arborist knots
FWPCOT2239 Trim and cut felled trees
UETTDREL14A Working safely near live electrical apparatus as a non-electrical worker
AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities
AHCARB302 Inspect trees for access and work
BSBWOR204 Use business technology
Elective Units
Number Title
AHCPMG301 Control weeds
FWPCOT2236 Fall trees manually (basic)
AHCARB301 Implement a tree maintenance program
FWPHAR2206 Operate a mobile chipper/mulcher
AHCARB207 Perform ground based rigging
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals
HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCARB312 Use standard climbing techniques to access trees
AHCARB210 Work effectively in the arboriculture industry
RIIWHS205D Control traffic with stop-slow bat

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Climbing Arborist
EWP Arborist
Ground-based Arborist

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

250 Blaxland Road, Ryde
Phone 131 601

Fees information

We understand that many students are confused by different fees for similar courses, and want to reassure you that studying with TAFE NSW won't damage your hip pocket.

Learn more about Fees information.

Payment options and assistance

Explore payment methods, pay by instalment, scholarships and VET Student Loans.

Learn more about Payment options and assistance.


Unsave Course

Download Course Brochure

Enter your details to make an enquiry and receive the course brochure