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

It relates to roles in urban or disturbed environments such as rural roads, urban streets and parks, above and below ground utility easements, rail corridors, and forestry coupes.

You’ll cover topics such as:

  • release native animals to natural environment
  • respond to wildlife emergencies, rescue animals and apply basic first aid
  • maintain wildlife habitat refuges
  • 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 22465VIC
Study Areas Conservation & Land Sciences
Study Level Certificate III
Study Type Local
Study Mode

FT: 1 year
PT: 2 years,

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses Lilydale, Workplace

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $2,010.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $402.00
Full Tuition Fee $8,710.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $335.00
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: 1 year (Mondays and Tuesdays 9am-4pm)

Part time: 2 years

Lilydale, Workplace

There are no entry requirements


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 course you may wish to apply for entry into the Diploma of Ecology at Box Hill Institute.

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 3

After successful completion of this qualification you may wish to apply for employment with arboriculture enterprises and local governments as vegetation assessors or support crew supervisors.

To be eligible to receive this qualification, you must successfully achieve a total of 14 units (13 core and 1 aerial elevating work platform specialisation unit as listed below). 

Last updated: February 22, 2019 01:02pm