This course in ecology is designed to develop your skills in vegetation removal and pruning if you are a worker or operator who currently undertake pruning and removal of vegetation by operating elevating work platforms (EWPs).

You’ll cover topics such as:

  • recognise fauna
  • rescue animals and apply basic first aid
  • respond to wildlife emergencies
  • maintain wildlife habitat refuges
  • recognise plants
  • apply vegetation management techniques to create and maintain habitat refuges
  • inspect and clean machinery for plant, animal and soil material
  • cut materials with a hand-held chainsaw
  • licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)



National Code 22464VIC
Study Areas Conservation & Land Sciences
Study Level Certificate II
Study Type Local
Study Mode

FT: 6 months
PT: 12 months

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses Lilydale, Workplace

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $1,170.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $234.00
Full Fee $4,290.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $195.00
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies


* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

February and July

Full time: 6 months

Part time: 12 months

Lilydale, Workplace

There are no entry requirements for this course

PRE-TRAINING REVIEW

To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs the Institute and CAE will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.

On successful completion of this qualification you may wish to apply for the Certificate III in Ecology

Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 2

After the successful completion of this course you may wish to apply for a number of roles in the arboriculture and utility sector

To be eligible for the award of the Certificate II in Ecology with a specialisation in Aerial – Elevating Work Platform, competency must be demonstrated in 10 units:

 9 core units and 1 aerial elevating work platform specialisation unit.

The qualification also requires 80 hours of work placement in an appropriate industry-recognised workplace/environment.

Last updated: December 13, 2018 09:03am