Certificate III in Arboriculture (Climbing)

National Code AHC30816 Available Campus
Course Code AHC30816-02V01
Qualification Certificate III (NRT)
Industry Area Environment And Conservation
Training Package AHCR1.0 Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package
Course Brochure - PDF 1425KB

Nationally Recognised Training Nationally Recognised Training is available for this course       Government Subsidised Government Subsidised Training is available for this course      


This qualification provides 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.

Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include the general title Arborist, and the specialisation titles:
- Climbing Arborist

The qualification covers both ground-based workers and those working at heights.This qualification does not require a person to work at heights, however, units that include the skills and knowledge required to work at heights, both from an elevated work platform (EWP) and by climbing trees, are included as elective streams.

The testamur issued for this qualification is to be titled AHC30815 Certificate III in Arboriculture (Climbing)

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship.

Occupational Licensing, legislative or certification requirements may apply to this qualification in some jurisdictions. Specific determination should be sought through the relevant State or Territory.

This course may also be offered as a traineeship. Please contact your campus for more information.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

New enrolments

Select your preferred campus to enrol. If you would prefer to enrol in person, or online enrolment is not available for your course, please visit your chosen campus or call 131 674. See Enrolling and registering for more information on enrolling in a Government Subsidised course.

Please note that in addition to your formal training you may need to allow for additional study time. Your teacher will guide you in what is appropriate for you.


Subsidised fee

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government under Smart and Skilled.

To be eligible for the Smart and Skilled subsidised fee you must be an Australian or NZ citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder. You must also be over 15, no longer at school, and live or work in NSW. See our Smart and Skilled page for full details.

The subsidised fees shown below are indicative only. What you will actually pay depends on your individual circumstances.You will be able to estimate your fee before completing your application or enrolment.

Full fee

If you are not eligible for subsidised training, you can still choose to enrol in the course but will need to pay the full (non-subsidised) fee.

If you are granted recognition of prior learning or credit transfer for one or more units in this qualification, your student fee will be reduced.

For more information about eligibility, fees, payment plans, exemptions and concessions go to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Course related charges

You may be required to pay a course related charge in addition to the course fee. Course related charges cover the cost of materials, resources, equipment or services you may need to participate in your course.

Early school leavers and TVET

Prospective students under 17 years of age who have not completed Year 10 or equivalent should go to the Early School Leavers page or contact their school. Prospective TVET students should contact their school regarding enrolling in this course.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

All students studying a nationally recognised qualification must have a Unique Student Identifier before enrolling. If you do not already have a USI, go to www.usi.gov.au to create one.

Course outcomes

Career options

Climbing Arborist

TAFE NSW courses run only if there is sufficient demand and resources.

Course availability

Important Dates

An Information session is being held on Monday 22nd of January 2018 from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm in the Auditorium at Ryde campus,building A, level 4. All students in this course must attend Ryde campus - Acacia building - Room AC4 on Tuesday 30th January 2018, between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm to finalise enrolment and timetables prior to classes commencing.


For further information contact us on 131 674 or (02) 9942 0333.

Government Subsidised

Part Time Evening
Course Units
This course has face to face classes for approximately 3 to 13 hours per week for 18 months (or one year for students who already hold a Certificate 2 in Arboriculture). You can expect to do an additional 3 hours/ week self-directed practice and study, which may include practical climbing, written, online and /or field or workplace based activity. For your first semester, Wednesdays 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for 18 weeks PLUS Fridays 7:00 am to 3:30 pm for 9 weeks from 13th April to the 22nd of June 2018. The FIRST CLASS is on Wednesday evening 7th February 2018 in room B22 (Banksia building) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. It is essential that you attend this first class. Please bring pens and a notepad. Make sure you talk to a teacher as soon as possible about applying for credit for previous study or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Commences 07 February 2018 - Classes held on Wednesday and Friday between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM
Length 18 months, 8 hours per week
Entry requirements
This is a highly practical course. You will require a moderate level of physical fitness, and the ability to carry out moderate physical labour. To gain a Certificate lll in Arboriculture qualification (Climbing) you need to complete 23 units of competency. This will normally take eighteen months, or one year for students who already hold a Certificate 2 in Arboriculture which includes prior climbing training.
Subsidised fee From $2,190.00
The fee shown is indicative only. Click on CALCULATE FEE to check your eligibility and estimate your fee.
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