AHC50520 Diploma of Arboriculture

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Course Outline and Structure

Applicants must have access to a workplace and are required to have successfully completed at least Australian high school year 12, or equivalent, posses computer skills sufficient to undertake research, use database and word processing programs and download and upload files.

Applicants are required to complete a suitability appraisal and language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment prior to enrolment.

Ideally, applicants should have achieved a Certificate III in Arboriculture or related horticulture qualification, have at least two years industry experience as a practicing arborist and must have access to a workplace.

Applicants must have achieved the following units of competency or their equivalent, prior to enrolment:

  • AHCARB314 Implement a tree maintenance program
  • AHCARB316 Perform pruning operations
  • AHCARB323 Identify trees

Training and assessment, assessment only and RPL pathways are available for these prerequisite units.

Training is delivered via a blend of face-to-face in a classroom and online webinars. Training is designed to be completed in 5 terms over a total of 57 weeks (including 12 weeks holidays), depending on prior experience and training (36 contact days – 2 days per month plus one 2-hour online session per month). Some units may be delivered and/or assessed at alternate locations depending on practical tasks.

Work placement and independent study between contact days is required.

Up to 960 hours volume of learning depending on existing knowledge, skills and experience.

Course Resources

  • Learner Guides
  • Online Learner Portal
  • Helpful resources (Templates and extra handouts)
  • A simulated workplace environment as required of specific activities
  • WHS templates (including risk management resources)
  • Relevant sections of Acts, Regulations, Standards and Codes of Practice.
  • a workplace where they can develop their skills and knowledge and complete their assessments under a supervisor

  • Laptop with web camera and software such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • Internet access

  • Email account

  • Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel and PowerPoint

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

  • Desktop scanner/printer

  • video recording equipment (e.g. mobile phone or video recorder) to record roleplay activities and presentations.

  • at least three (3) people to participate in various assessment activities including meetings, role plays, and providing feedback

  • Work boots
  • Long-sleeved hi-visibility shirt
  • Long pants/trousers
  • ANZI Standard helmet
  • Eye protection
  • Written questions assessments
  • Reports
  • Portfolios
  • Presentation
  • Assignments
  • Observation via demonstration or role play


Australian Institute of Arboriculture has a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy, to ensure that an individual’s prior learning, achieved through formal and informal training, work experience or other life experiences, is appropriately recognised. This recognition may assist students to progress faster through their course.

Face-to-face training will be delivered from our Nerang venue on the Gold Coast.
Other locations may be used as required by the activities being delivered or assessed.

Course Units

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 10 units of competency

(8 core units and 2 elective units).

AHCARB510 Specify and audit tree work
AHCARB408Perform a ground-based tree defect evaluation
AHCARB511Prepare arborist reports
AHCWRK508Interpret legislation
AHCARB508Identify, select and specify trees
AHCARB509 Develop an arboricultural impact assessment report
AHCARB513Examine and assess trees
AHCARB514Diagnose tree diseases
AHCARB509 Provide specialist advice to clients
AHCBUS515 Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders

(5 terms over a total of 57 weeks, including school holidays)

Enroll Now for $10,035

Deposit of $1,035 and 13 monthly payments of $695 paid by Direct Debit

*Please read the Australian Institute of Arboriculture Student Handbook containing the Refund policy, Appeals, Complaints, and other learner and course information.