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AHC30816 Certificate III in Arboriculture (Ground Base Stream)

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 an arborists in the arboriculture industry.
Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include the general title Arborist, and the specialisation title:

 Ground-based Arborist

The qualification stream “ground base” covers  ground-based workers . This stream does not require a person to work at heights, 

An example of what you will learn and be able to apply in the workplace:

  • chainsaw use and tree felling
  • operate a polesaw
  • ground base rigging 
  • perform pruning operations
  • tree identification
  • mobile chipper operation

Course Start Dates

Study & Career Pathways

Upon completion of this program you’ll receive a nationally recognised trade qualification in arboriculture and will be qualified to work as a ground base arborist. Pathways from this qualification Diploma in Arboriculture.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the AHC30816 Certificate III in Arboriculture. However all students will be required to have completed and Australian Senior Secondary Education (or similar). An LLN assessment will also be undertaken.


To receive AHC30816 Certificate III in Arboriculture learners must achieve 23 units of competency as specified in the Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package, as described in the packaging rules for AHC30816 Certificate III in Arboriculture. The twenty three units of units of competency  consist of “ fourteen core” and “nine elective” which are delivered by means of face to face instructions and demonstrations, with hands on practical training/classroom sessions, as well as assignments/self study that are set by Training For Trees to be supervised practised and completed within the workplace


Assessments are completed both during classroom sessions and after the completion of the unit. The structured assessment process is designed to meet the needs of each individual participant within the requirements of the unit of competency and the respective Performance Criteria.

Assessment will be conducted using a variety of methods including:

  • practical demonstrations
  • written responses to questions
  • observation
  • third party reports
  • oral questioning


This exciting course in AHC30816 Certificate III in Arboriculture (ground base stream) is delivered upto 12  months and is within the AQF guidelines regarding the amount and volume of learning expected. The timescale may vary and is very much dependent on the candidates competence/standard of performance.



Training For Trees have several practical  training venues within Queensland. The theory and part practical,  will be conducted at our training centre Unit 10 38 Limestone Street Darra with additional practical training being held at Wacol,  This course is also available for on site “workplace”  training for  corporate clients (group training) upon request.

Our Commitment

Training For Trees guarantees their commitment to assisting learners in achieving the required outcomes throughout and at the completion of their training as per the requirements of industry in accordance with the SRTO 2015 and Vet Quality Framework.


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