About the course

About the course

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

In our 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, July and October

Full time: 12 months (Mondays and Tuesdays, 9am-4pm)

Fast track: 12 months (Thursdays 6pm-9pm - you must be working in industry to be eligible)

Part time: 2 years (the time taken to complete this course will vary depending on your input) may include evening sessions and 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 the successful completion of our ecology course you may wish to apply for a range of employment opportunities as crew supervisors working in the field, and spotter-catcher roles as vegetation assessors and pre-scopers

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Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for our ecology course but employment in a climbing capacity with an arborist or local government authority 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.


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Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

On successful completion of our ecology course you may wish to apply for entry into the Diploma of Ecology at Box Hill Institute

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 ConcessionsGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$440$2,201$9,301
Service Fee$160$160$160
Core Skills Support Fee$80$80$80
Material Fee$355$355$355
Retain Course Items$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$1,035$2,796$9,896
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$1,035$2,796$9,896

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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