About the course

About the course

Our ecology course is designed to develop your skills in vegetation removal and pruning if you're a worker or operator currently performing pruning and removal of vegetation by operating elevating work platforms (EWPs).

You'll cover topics such as:

  • recognising fauna
  • rescuing animals and apply basic first aid
  • responding to wildlife emergencies
  • maintaining wildlife habitat refuges
  • recognising plants
  • applying vegetation management techniques to create and maintain habitat refuges
  • inspecting and cleaning machinery for plant, animal and soil material
  • cutting materials with a hand-held chainsaw
  • obtaining a licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February and July 2020

Full time: 6 months

Part time: 12 months (the time taken to complete this course will vary depending on your input) may include evenings and weekends

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

After the successful completion of our ecology course you can apply for a number of roles in the arboriculture and utility sector

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Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute 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.


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Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

On successful completion of our ecology course you can apply for the Certificate III in Ecology

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

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

Fees & Finance Options

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

Government Subsidised ConcessionsGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$242$1,209$4,329
Service Fee$160$160$160
Core Skills Support Fee$80$80$80
Material Fee$195$195$195
Retain Course Items$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$677$1,644$4,764
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$677$1,644$4,764

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2020 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

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

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