Certificate III in Arboriculture

National Code: AHC30816
TAFE SA Code: TP01079


This qualification supports occupation outcomes with a range of specialised knowledge and skills to undertake skilled work and as a pathway for further learning required for arborists in the arboriculture industry.

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Up to 36 months 

Part Time

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Course Admission Requirements

  • You must be working in a related industry and will be required to provide evidence of this before an offer is made
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 36 month course

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

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Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include: Arborist.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Arboriculture (AHC30816)
    This course provides skills in inspecting trees for access and work, pruning operations, business technology, chainsaws, first aid and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 14 core units and 9 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Coordinate work site activities 70
    Fall trees manually (intermediate) 100
    Identify trees 90
    Inspect trees for access and work 80
    Maintain chainsaws 20
    Operate a pole saw 40
    Perform pruning operations 80
    Prepare to work safely in the construction industry 6
    Provide first aid 18
    Shift materials safely using manual handling methods 20
    Tie, dress, set and finish arborist knots 30
    Trim and cut felled trees 40
    Use business technology 20
    Working safely near live electrical apparatus as a non-electrical worker 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Conduct photography for fieldwork 20
    Control traffic with stop-slow bat 20
    Implement traffic management plans 20
    Operate a mobile chipper/mulcher 30
    Operate and maintain stump grinding machines 10
    Operate machinery and equipment 40
    Prepare and apply chemicals 70
    Transport and store chemicals 50
    Work effectively in the arboriculture industry 60
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