Diploma of Arboriculture

The Diploma of Arboriculture reflects the role of personnel working as consultant arborists.


Packaging Rules

Completion of ten (10) units made up of five (5) core units and five (5) elective units.


a minimum of three (3) units must come from the elective units list

a maximum of two (2) units may be selected from the elective units or from units aligned to Certificate IV or above in AHC10 or from any other currently endorsed training package or accredited course. Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in the arboriculture industry.



add topic AHCARB501A Assess trees

add topic AHCARB502A Identify, select and specify trees

add topic AHCARB503A Diagnose tree diseases

add topic AHCARB504A Develop a tree protection program

add topic AHCARB505A Document and audit tree work



add topic AHCBUS503A Negotiate and monitor contracts

add topic AHCBUS504A Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders

add topic BSBRES401A Analyse and present research information

Occupational health and safety

add topic AHCOHS501A Manage Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) processes


add topic AHCPCM601A Develop and implement a plant health management strategy


add topic AHCWRK503A Prepare reports

add topic AHCWRK504A Assess new industry developments

add topic AHCWRK507A Implement professional practice

add topic AHCWRK508A Interpret legislation

add topic AHCWRK509A Provide specialist advice to clients

add topic AHCWRK510A Audit site operations


    Qualification pathways

    Pathways into the qualification

    This qualification may be accessed by direct entry or completion of the Certificate III in Arboriculture or equivalent qualification.

    Pathways from the qualification

    Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to, Advanced Diploma of Horticulture.

    Australian Apprenticeships

    This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship.

    Job roles

    Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

    Consulting arborist

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Listening and understanding

Speaking clearly and directly

Reading and interpreting workplace related documentation

Writing to audience needs

Interpreting the needs of internal/external customers

Applying numeracy skills to workplace requirements

Establishing/using networks

Sharing information

Negotiating responsively


Working as an individual and a team member

Working with diverse individuals and groups

Applying knowledge of own role as a part of a team

Applying teamwork skills to a range of situations

Identifying and using the strengths of other team members


Developing practical and creative solutions to workplace problems

Showing interdependence and initiative in identifying problems

Solving problems individually or in teams

Applying a range of strategies in problem solving

Using numeracy skills to solve problems

Testing assumptions and taking context into account

Initiative and enterprise

Adapting to new situations

Being creative in response to workplace challenges

Identifying opportunities that might not be obvious to others

Generating a range of options in response to workplace matters

Translating ideas into actions

Developing a strategic, creative long-term vision

Planning and organising

Collecting analysing and organising information

Using basic business systems for planning and organising

Being appropriately resourceful

Taking initiative and making decisions within workplace role

Participating in continuous improvement and planning processes

Working within or establishing clear project goals and deliverables

Determining or applying required resources

Allocating people and other resources to tasks and workplace requirements

Managing time and priorities

Adapting resource allocations to cope with contingencies


Taking responsibility at the appropriate level


Defining own learning needs

Carrying out independent learning to improve capability


Using technology and related workplace equipment

Using technology to organise data