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

In this 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

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 $1,290.00
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 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

Off campus: The time taken to complete this course may vary depending on the individual input

Lilydale, Workplace

There are no entry requirements for this qualification, 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 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 entry into 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 successful completion of this course you may wish to apply for positions with arboriculture enterprises, and local government authorities as ground crew or line clearing workers.

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.

Last updated: February 22, 2019 12:54pm