National ID: AHC20516 | State ID: BCX6


Certificate II in Arboriculture is designed to equip students with a wide range of theoretical and practical skills specifically required by the tree care industry.
The course also aims to develop student awareness of safety issues in the industry, particularly in regards to climbing and equipment use.

The course requires a high level of physical participation in practical tree climbing activities.

This qualification is delivered at South Metropolitan TAFE over 2 semesters, which equates to 1 year of full-time study.

This course is only available to people who are employed in the Arboriculture industry.

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

For information about jobs and pathways, please see

Further study opportunities:

Certificate III in Arboriculture

Course overview

Course details

Course Overview

Where Murdoch

One year full-time

How Full Time (On Campus)
Part Time

For information about jobs and pathways, please see

Further study opportunities:

Certificate III in Arboriculture

Please contact the college to receive an indicative price for this course.

These fees are estimates only for students enrolling in government funded courses on a full time basis.

The indicative fees for a course may differ between training providers due to the units they have included in the course outline. These differences generally result from adapting courses to meet local industry needs. The actual cost of a course will also vary if different electives are chosen by the student.

Nominal hours are not hours of training or instruction. They are used to determine course fees and subsidy levels to reflect the cost to deliver quality training.

Other charges may apply.

Indicative Tuition Fees in 2017

VET Student Loans 

Students in an eligible diploma qualifications and above may be assisted through a loan under the Commonwealth Government's VET Student Loan scheme. For more information on entrance requirements and eligible course list please see www.education.gov.au/vet-student-loans 

For information on VET Student Loans at South Metropolitan TAFE please visit the Student Loans page.

International students

Fees, charges, available locations, applications, and enrolment procedures for international students are different to those applicable to local students.

International students can only study full-time.

For information on international student fees and application, please follow this link to the  TAFE International WA website 

The units in Traineeships and Apprenticeships are customised according to the individual Training Agreement that is negotiated with the employer and may vary (within the Qualification rules) in each case.

Core Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Assist with aerial rescue from the ground AHCARB209 BAP75
Fall trees manually (basic) FWPCOT2236 AXL67
Maintain chainsaws FWPCOT2237 AXL66
Operate a mobile chipper/mulcher FWPHAR2206 AXK40
Perform ground based rigging AHCARB207 BAM85
Perform pruning operations AHCARB303 BAR61
Provide first aid HLTAID003 WG732
Recognise trees AHCARB208 BAL32
Shift materials safely using manual handling methods TLID1001 AVJ76
Tie, dress, set and finish arborist knots AHCARB311 BAR22
Trim and cut felled trees FWPCOT2239 AXL63
Work effectively in the arboriculture industry AHCARB210 BAO13
Work safely in the construction industry CPCCOHS1001A W9434
Working safely near live electrical apparatus as a non-electrical worker UETTDREL14A WD652

Elective Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing AHCSOL202 BAS70
Operate a pole saw FWPCOT3238 AXL25
Operate and maintain stump grinding machines AHCARB206 BAP40
Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation HLTAID001 WG730


Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Plant trees and shrubs AHCPGD201 BAP80
Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders AHCPMG202 BAO90
  • For TAFE Admissions full-time courses, apply at tasonline.tafe.wa.edu.au/ when applications are open. Semester One applications open in September of the prior year, Semester Two (mid-year) applications open in May.
  • For apprenticeships and traineeships (where available), you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study.
  • For international students (where available), contact
  • For all other courses, or if you need help or have questions please call us on
    1800 001 001 or email us at info@smtafe.wa.edu.au

Please note: All enrolling students will require a Unique Student Identifier number.

If you are unsure if you have the entry requirements (meet one of the three columns below, where applicable), please apply anyway with as much information as you can provide, alternatives such as literacy or numeracy tests, or entry based on past experience may be possible. 1800 001 001 for more information.

South Metropolitan TAFE maintains strong relationships with a number of universities. On completion of diploma and advanced diploma courses, students may be eligible for credit towards a bachelor degree at one of our university partners. For details of our university pathway options, visit our Uni Pathways page.

Please note: Different university entrance arrangements may apply to international students. For further details please contact the individual Universities directly.


Page last updated August 23, 2017