Diploma of Arboriculture

National Code: AHC50520
TAFE SA Code: TP01178


Make trees your business and develop your specialist arboriculture knowledge and skills with this nationally recognised qualification for professional arborists. Learn all about advanced skills in arboriculture techniques and practice such as identifying and examining trees, diagnosing tree diseases, implementing tree maintenance programs, and performing pruning operations. You’ll also learn key business practices such as producing an arboricultural impact assessment report, interpreting relevant legislation, and how to prepare estimates, quotes, and tenders. It’s your career, you choose where it can take you with TAFE SA.

Please note that students must complete these three core units of the Certificate III in Arboriculture before commencing the Diploma if they do not satisfy the requirements for RPL (recognised prior learning):
- AHCARB314 Implement a tree maintenance program
- AHCARB316 Perform pruning operations
- AHCARB323 Identify trees.

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36 months 

Part Time

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Course Admission Requirements

  • You must be working in a relevant industry

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Entry Recommendations
Before an offer is made, you will be contacted by TAFE SA to confirm that you are currently employed in a relevant industry.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Classes are held face to face.

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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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 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 Subject Code National Code
    Collect and manage data 120 LABCF AHCWRK502
    Develop an arboricultural impact assessment report 90 LABKC AHCARB509
    Diagnose tree diseases 120 LABKG AHCARB514
    Examine and assess trees 120 LABKF AHCARB513
    Identify trees 90 LABHW AHCARB323
    Identify, select and specify trees 120 LABKB AHCARB508
    Implement a tree maintenance program 40 LABHM AHCARB314
    Interpret legislation 100 LAALP AHCWRK508
    Perform a ground-based tree defect evaluation 100 LABHZ AHCARB408
    Perform pruning operations 80 LABHP AHCARB316
    Prepare arborist reports 90 LABKE AHCARB511
    Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders 120 LABHD AHCBUS515
    Specify and audit tree work 100 LABKD AHCARB510
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