Offering Info

Certificate III in Arboriculture (Climbing)

  • National Course Code: AHC30816
  • TAFE NSW code: AHC30816-02V02-21RYD-468

Location – Ryde (Traineeship)

Study Type

PT Evening

Course Start Date

14 Jul 2021

Study Commitment

16 Hours per week


18 Months

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate III in Arboriculture (Climbing) gives you access to new heights. Shape urban landscapes by identifying hazards, highlighting natural beauty and restoring balance to plants, both on the ground and at heights.


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

  • Rig and climb trees
  • Perform and assist aerial rescues
  • Dismantle trees with chainsaws
  • Prune branches and manage the shape of trees
  • Chemical application for pesticide, weedicide and vegetation control


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A desire to work primarily outdoors and get their hands dirty
  • Interest in plant and tree management
  • A love for the botanical world
  • Good communication and effective collaboration skills
  • Ability to work in solitude


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • 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:

  • Diploma of Arboriculture
  • 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This course is superseded.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 (Climbing) as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

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

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


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

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.

Discover the skills you need for the job you want at the TAFE NSW Information Sessions, 21-25 June 2021.


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 16 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, assignment and test preparation, plus knot tying, rigging and climbing practice, work experience and research.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • 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.


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 is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


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 climbing equipment-Handsaw, 2x climbing strops; 2 x tool karabiners; cost approximately $120.


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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

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Core Units
Number Title
AHCARB302 Inspect trees for access and work
AHCARB303 Perform pruning operations
AHCARB311 Tie, dress, set and finish arborist knots
AHCARB313 Identify trees
AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities
BSBWOR204 Use business technology
CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
FWPCOT2237 Maintain chainsaws
FWPCOT2239 Trim and cut felled trees
FWPCOT3238 Operate a pole saw
FWPFGM3212 Fall trees manually (intermediate)
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
TLID1001 Shift materials safely using manual handling methods
UETTDREL14A Working safely near live electrical apparatus as a non-electrical worker
Elective Units
Number Title
AHCARB207 Perform ground based rigging
AHCARB301 Implement a tree maintenance program
AHCARB305 Dismantle trees
AHCARB306 Undertake aerial rescue
AHCARB307 Use advanced climbing techniques
AHCARB310 Perform aerial rigging
AHCARB312 Use standard climbing techniques to access trees
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals

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

Climbing 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

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