Offering Info

Certificate III in Arboriculture (Climbing)

  • National Course Code: AHC30816
  • TAFE NSW code: AHC30816-02V02-21YLH-065

Location – Yallah

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

15 Hours per week


2 Years

  • 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This course is superseded.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.

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


This is a Part time day Block delivered course. You will need to attend approximately 32 hours of class, 4 days a week, for 2 years over 8 Blocks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 15 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 1 hour of additional study each week outside of class hours, including self-directed study and assessment preparation.


This course offering is designed for people who are wanting to enter the Arboriculture industry. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include the general title Arborist, and the specialisation titles:

  • Climbing Arborist


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 the new course.


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 for Block delivery. Students will attend 8 blocks per year for 2 years consisting of 4 days per block. The Block starts on Monday and will go through to Thursday from 7.30am to 3.30pm.

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?


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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

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
AHCARB302 Inspect trees for access and work
AHCARB303 Perform pruning operations
AHCARB311 Tie, dress, set and finish arborist knots
AHCARB313 Identify trees
BSBWOR204 Use business technology
CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
FWPCOT2237 Maintain chainsaws
FWPCOT2239 Trim and cut felled trees
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
AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities
FWPCOT3238 Operate a pole saw
Elective Units
Number Title
AHCARB207 Perform ground based rigging
AHCARB301 Implement a tree maintenance program
AHCARB305 Dismantle trees
AHCARB307 Use advanced climbing techniques
AHCARB310 Perform aerial rigging
AHCARB312 Use standard climbing techniques to access trees
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCARB306 Undertake aerial rescue

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

138 Marshall Mount Road, Yallah
Phone 131 601

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