AHC30816 Certificate III in Arboriculture

Course Code and Name:
AHC30816 Certificate III in Arboriculture

Qualification Description:
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
  • EWP Arborist
  • Ground-based 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.
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.

Entry Requirements:
There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Packaging Rules:
Requirements for completion of the qualification;
To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in:

  • 23 total units, consisting of:
    • 14 core units plus
    • 9 elective units.

Core Units:

Core Units of Competency
AHCARB302* Inspect trees for access and work
AHCARB303* Perform pruning operations
AHCARB311 Tie, dress, set and finish arborist knots
AHCARB313 Identify trees
AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities
BSBWOR204 Use business technology
CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
FWPCOT2237 Maintain chainsaws
FWPCOT2239 Trim and cut felled trees
FWPCOT3238 Operate a pole saw
FWPFGM3212 Fall trees manually (intermediate)
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
TLID1001 Shift materials safely using manual handling methods
UETTDREL14A Working safely near live electrical apparatus as a non-electrical worker



Elective Units:
An asterisk (*) next to the unit code indicates that there are prerequisite requirements which must be met when packaging the qualification. Please refer to the Prerequisite requirements table for details.
Elective units must ensure the integrity of the qualification’s Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) alignment at Certificate III level and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome in Arboriculture. The electives are to be chosen to provide a specialisation.
The testamur issued for this qualification is to be titled AHC30816 Certificate III in Arboriculture with an additional descriptor added by the RTO to reflect unit selection for a specialisation:

  • Climbing Arborist
  • EWP Arborist
  • Ground-based Arborist

Climbing and EWP Specialisation:
In order to achieve the climbing and EWP specialisation:

  • select all 6 units from Group C
  • an additional 3 units may be selected from Group D, or from the Prerequisite Requirements list if a unit is a required for packaging the qualification, or from any currently endorsed Training Package or Accredited Course.

Units of Competency
AHCARB305* Dismantle trees
AHCARB306* Undertake aerial rescue
AHCARB307* Use advanced climbing techniques
AHCARB310* Perform aerial rigging
AHCARB312* Use standard climbing techniques to access trees
TLILIC2005 Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)



Units of Competency
AHCARB207* Perform ground based rigging
CPCCDO3011A Perform dogging
HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
RIIWHS205D Control traffic with stop-slow bat


Prerequisite requirements:
Note: Units listed in the Prerequisite requirement column that have their own prerequisite requirements are shown with an asterisk (*)

Units of Competency Prerequisite requirement
AHCARB206 Operate and maintain stump grinding machines AHCARB210 Work effectively in the arboriculture industry
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
AHCARB207 Perform ground based rigging AHCARB311 Tie, dress, set and finish arborist knots
AHCARB301 Implement a tree maintenance program AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCARB302 Inspect trees for access and work AHCARB313 Identify trees
AHCARB303 Perform pruning operations FWPCOT2237 Maintain chainsaws
FWPCOT2239 Trim and cut felled trees OR FWPCOT3238 Operate a pole saw
AHCARB305 Dismantle trees HCARB310 Perform aerial rigging*
AHCARB307 Use advanced climbing techniques* OR TLILIC2005 Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)
FWPFGM3212 Fall trees manually (intermediate)
AHCARB306 Undertake aerial rescue HLTAID003 Provide first aid
AHCARB310 Perform aerial rigging*
AHCARB307 Use advanced climbing techniques AHCARB312 Use standard climbing techniques to access trees*
AHCARB310 Perform aerial rigging AHCARB207 Perform ground based rigging*
AHCARB307 Use advanced climbing techniques* OR TLILIC2005 Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)
AHCARB312 Use standard climbing techniques to access trees AHCARB311 Tie, dress, set and finish arborist knots