About the course

About the course

This ecology course is designed for vegetation removal and pruning workers/operators who perform work involving pruning and removal of vegetation by climbing.  

In our ecology course you'll learn how to:

  • recognise fauna
  • rescue animals and apply basic first aid
  • respond to wildlife emergencies
  • recognise plants
  • maintain wildlife habitat refuges              
  • apply vegetation management techniques to create and maintain habitat refuges
  • tie, dress, set and finish arborist knots
  • use standard climbing techniques to access trees
  • inspect and clean machinery for plant, animal and soil material
  • participate in work health and safety processes
  • cut materials with a hand-held chainsaw

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February and July

Full time: 6 months

Part time: 12 months

Off campus: variable

Part time & Off Campus: the time taken to complete this course may vary depending on the individual input

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

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion of our ecology course you can apply for positions with arboriculture enterprises and local government authorities as ground crew or line-clearing workers

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Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements but employment in a climbing capacity with an arborist or local government authorities is highly recommended as a log book of climbing hours is required


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.


Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

On successful completion of our ecology course you can apply for entry into 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

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $1,290.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $258.00
Full Tuition Fee $4,730.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material Fees$215.00
Retain Course Items***No fee applies
* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, 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.
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Course Structure

To be eligible for the award of the Certificate II in Ecology with a specialisation in Aerial – Tree Climbing, competency must be demonstrated in 11 units (9 core units and 2 aerial tree climbing specialisation units)

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

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