About the course

About the course

If you're a worker or operator currently undertaking pruning and removal of vegetation by operating elevated work platforms (EWPs), our ecology course is designed to develop your skills in monitoring and managing wildlife habitat in the arboriculture industry. 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.

During our ecology course you'll learn how to:

  • release native animals to their 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
  • obtain a licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February, July 

Full time: 12 months (Mondays and Tuesdays 9am-4pm) including 160 hours of work placement

Fast track: 12 months (Saturday's 9am-4pm) - only for people working in the industry

Part time: 2 years (the time taken to complete this course will vary depending on your input) may include night sessions or weekends

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

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 employment with arboriculture enterprises and local governments as vegetation assessors or support crew supervisors

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Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements


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 entry into the Diploma of Ecology at Box Hill Institute. You may also apply for entry into the Diploma of Conservation & Land Management or Diploma of Horticulture

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

Fees & Finance Options

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

Government Subsidised StandardFull FeeGovernment Subsidised Concession or Job Trainer
Tuition Fee$2,144$8,844$429
Service Fee$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83
Material Fee$335$335$335
Retain Course Items$40$40$40
Total Course Estimate$2,768$9,468$1,053
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$2,768$9,468$1,053

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 2021 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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