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 Arboricultureis an online program that will teach you thetechniques and practices used to cultivate healthy trees as well as diagnose and treat tree disorders.
In this professional development course, you will learn about tree biology, arboricultural equipment, planting techniques, tolerant plant species, and how to establish a tree plantation.
You will also 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 – Introduction to arboriculture
Trees in the garden
Transplanting a tree
Unit 2 – Tree physiology
What make foliage change colour in autumn?
How a tree grows
Compartmentalisation – How a tree rots
Water and plant growth
Factors affecting growth
Unit 3 – Soil in relation to trees
Tree health and drainage
Treating soil over winter
Changed soil levels around trees
Measuring soil organic content
Measuring water content
Determining fertiliser solubility
Testing affect of lime on soil
Laboratory testing of soils
Soil names and nutrition
Unit 4 – Diagnosing tree problems
Tree health disorders
Minimising frost and wind damage
Mulch and frost
Conducting a tree inspection
Unit 5 – Tree surgery
Tree surgery-do you need it
Review of techniques
Tree surgery safety
Safety and the worker
Tree climbing techniques
Unit 6 – Pruning of trees
Crown cleaning and thinning
Crown reduction and
Crown lifting and renewal
Fruit tree pruning
Felling a tree
Unit 7 – Arboriculture equipment
Safety with electricity
Engine and tool maintenance
Ladders, harnesses and ropes,
Pole belt Spurs
Unit 8 – Workplace health and safety
Duty of care
Lifting & manual handling
Handling tools and machinery
Auditing tools and equipment
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
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!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
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.