Trees are the forgotten giants of our gardens because stature-wise they are often out of sight, and therefore out of mind. However, trees can cause significant problems compared to other plants, simply because of their bulk (especially if they fall over!). That’s why arboriculture – the science of how trees grow and respond to their environment – is so valuable. This course is ideal for gardeners, farmers, horticulturalists, arborists or those who simply love trees!
The Certificate of Arboriculture (Advanced)is an online program that follows on from the Certificate of Arboriculture and will teach you thetechniques and practices used to cultivate healthy trees as well as diagnose and treat tree disorders.
You will study how to prune and fell trees, diagnose and control tree problems including soil issues, strengthen weak trees and perform tree surgery safely.
On completion of this course, you will know how to care for and nurture a variety of tree types, which will give you the confidence to extend your tree-loving career or even plant your own tree plantation!
Unit 1 – Planting techniques
Soil and water
Climate and maintenance
Matching a tree to the site
Plant at the right time
Plant size and age
Buying a tree
How to plant a tree
Transplanting a large tree
Preparing for transplanting
Aftercare, small feature trees
Transplanting deciduous trees
Pruning at planting
Planting on arid sites
Trees with berries,
Unit 2 – Controlling plant problems
Temperature – frosts and winds
Fire damage and fire-resistant trees
Pollution and toxic reactions
Treating foliage burn
Trees to extract soil contaminants
Soil chemical composition
Air pollution and tree growth
Pollutant tolerant trees
Pollution intolerant trees
Trees to control urban air pollution
Symptoms of drought stressed trees
Dry soil tolerant trees
Trees for hot sites
Drainage problems and trees
Wet tolerant trees
Tree health problems
Resistant plant species
Choosing and using pesticides safely
Biological controls of pest and disease
Tree nutrition and nutrition management
Unit 3 – Strengthening weak trees
Adverse responses to trimming
Modern bracing systems
How strong is dead wood
Unit 4 – Controlling damage caused by plants
Tree root problems
Trees that can cause problems with drains
Precautions with drains
Selecting and using trees near drains
Limiting root problems
Trees and the water table (Aquifers)
Trees and power lines
Unit 5 -Tree felling and stump removal
Tree evaluation systems
Calculating tree value
Why remove a tree
Tree felling methods
Axe, saws, winches, chain saw
Controlling the fall
Different methods or removing stumps
National tree registers
Measuring tree height
Keeping a work site safe
Duty of care
Unit 6 – Tolerant plant species
What to plant where
Tree data required
Influence of trees on buildings
Frost protection and frost resistant trees
Wind protection and wind tolerant trees
Saline tolerant trees
Lime and acid tolerance
Hardy trees for inner city
Unit 7 – Establishing a tree plantation
Choosing windbreak species
Designing tree plantations
Producing drawings to scale
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
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Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
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All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
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Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.