National course code: AHC30816

Certificate III in Arboriculture (Climbing)

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Overview About this course

Access new heights when learning how to safely cut and trim trees while climbing. Shape urban landscapes by identifying hazards, highlighting natural beauty and restoring balance to plants, both on the ground and at heights. Gain the confidence to operate chipping machines and maintain equipment.

This course is superseded.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.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, 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

Course Outcomes

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

  • Gain your experience on-the-job with your employer or in simulated workplace environments

  • Learn rigging techniques

  • Inspect sites for correct access and dismantling space

  • Prune established amenity trees

  • Work safely in the arboriculture industry

  • Strong pathways to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

  • First Aid certificate

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol.

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

  • This course is also offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the traineeship eligibility requirements.

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

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

Entry recommendations

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

  • A passion for contributing to a greener world

  • Confidence working at heights

  • A high level of fitness in order to climb trees and operate chainsaws

  • Interest in working to high industry-standards

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

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 Certificate III in Arboriculture (Climbing) does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 0 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

The Certificate III in Arboriculture (Climbing) does not have any post-graduate courses.

Related study 1 Course

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

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 Subjects in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Arboriculture (Climbing) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 23 Units of competency, including 14 core and 9 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.

  • Working safely near live electrical apparatus as a non-electrical worker UETTDREL14A

  • Operate a pole saw FWPCOT3238

  • Tie, dress, set and finish arborist knots AHCARB311

  • Identify trees AHCARB313

  • ... 4

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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