Diploma of Arboriculture

National Code: AHC50520
TAFE SA Code: TP01178


Become a professional arborist, and join the growing arboriculture industry. The nationally recognised Diploma of Arboriculture will give you the advanced skills and knowledge required to work independently in the arboriculture sector as a consultant, supervisor or manager.

3 core units of Certificate III in Arboriculture must be completed before commencing diploma studies if RPL cannot be granted.
- AHCARB314 Implement a tree maintenance program
- AHCARB316 Perform pruning operations
- AHCARB323 Identify trees.

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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

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 36 month course
Full Fee

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. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • Upfront Payment

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

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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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

    Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:
    • Consulting 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

    Diploma of Arboriculture (AHC50520)
    This course will cover everything you need to make trees your business, including:

    • Advanced skills in arboriculture techniques and practice
    • Business operations
    • Work Health and Safety
    • Industry work practices To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 8 core units and 2 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 elective 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 elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Develop an arboricultural impact assessment report 90
    Diagnose tree diseases 120
    Examine and assess trees 120
    Identify, select and specify trees 120
    Interpret legislation 100
    Perform a ground-based tree defect evaluation 100
    Prepare arborist reports 90
    Specify and audit tree work 100


    Name Nominal Hours
    Collect and manage data 120
    Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders 120
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