Become a qualified Consulting Arborist at Interlink
Complete your Diploma of Arboriculture (AHC50520) with Interlink to become a qualified Consulting Arborist.
Consulting Arborists create reports assessing the health and any risks identified to trees. Their reports are used, by diagnosing any defect, to make recommendations to manage the the ongoing health of the tree via canopy management, remediation work or habitat development withing a legislative and regulatory framework.
Within the Diploma of Arboriculture (AHC50520), participants will identify species of trees, examine/assess and perform ground based evaluations, diagnose tree diseases, learn to understand key legislation and use their knowledge to prepare arborist reports for clients.
What will I study in the Diploma of Arboriculture?
To meet the requirements for the Diploma of Arboriculture (AHC50520) you need to satisfactorily complete 10 units.
You must demonstrate your competency in 8 core units plus 2 elective units.
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- Perform a ground-based tree defect evaluation (AHCARB408)
- Identify, select and specify trees (AHCARB508)
- Develop an arboricultural impact assessment report (AHCARB509)
- Specify and audit tree work (AHCARB510)
- Prepare arborist reports (AHCARB511)
- Examine and assess trees (AHCARB513)
- Diagnose tree diseases (AHCARB514)
- Interpret legislation (AHCWRK508)
What do I get for completing the Diploma of Arboriculture?
Completing Interlink’s course meets the national requirements for the Diploma of Arboriculture (AHC50520).
You will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment when you successfully complete this course as well as an official qualification.
What can I expect in the Diploma of Arboriculture?
Interlink’s Diploma of Arboriculture course is delivered via a combination of face to face sessions as well as online synchronous training via Microsoft Teams video meetings with your trainer and other participants.
As this qualification will involve a combination of face to face training alongside online synchronous training, it will be expected participants will have a device (preferably a computer/laptop) with access to the internet, and possess the following skills and abilities:
- Use of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel)
- Able to upload/download documents, photos and video files
- Know how to send/access emails
- Capacity to participate in online video meetings/classes via Microsoft Teams
The course contains a combination of written and practical assessments as well as assignment work to prepare you for the day to day requirements of a consulting arborist.
All Interlink trainers have industry experience as well relevant qualifications.
Safety is a priority at Interlink so we ask all students to provide the following personal protective equipment for any units that have PPE requirements:
- Long sleeve hi-vis shirt and pants
- Steel capped boots
- Safety glasses
If you have any questions about the protective equipment requirements please call Interlink on 1300 731 669.
This course is available through all Interlink training centres.
Call Interlink on 1300 731 669 to discuss your training options and any special access needs you might have in relation to our training facilities.
The Diploma of Arboriculture (AHC50520) is usually completed within 12 months but may take longer if non-standard electives are chosen.
Entry Requirements and Study Pathways
To commence in the Diploma of Arboriculture (AHC50520), participants must have gained competency in the following units, or their equivelant:
- Implement a tree maintenance program (AHCARB314)
- Perform pruning operations (AHCARB316)
- Identify trees (AHCARB323)
The Diploma of Arboriculture (AHC50520) is available through direct entry.
To successfully complete this course participants will need intermediate literacy and numeracy skills.
Call Interlink on 1300 731 669 to discuss your training options.
Contact Interlink on 1300 731 669 for more information
Please note: Interlink Training is not VET FEE-HELP approved. Government training subsidies are available for this course via User Choice within Tasmania only.
- Face-to-face sessions with trainer.
- Microsoft Teams meetings with trainers and other participants (synchronous sessions)
- Online message board to post questions to the trainer and/or other participants
- Scheduled chat sessions with the trainer
Complete your Diploma of Arboriculture (AHC50520) to become a qualified Consulting Arborist.
Possible job outcomes (depending on you chosen elective stream) include work as:
- Consulting Arborist
- Tree Manager
Arborists are in high demand by councils, developers and home owners.
As communities spread further into previously rural areas, living safely amongst trees and maintaining the balance between development and natural habitats requires skilled arborists.
Attendance at this course does not automatically guarantee attainment of competency, nor does satisfactory completion of assessment and attainment of competency guarantee employment.