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

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

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $2,130.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $426.00
Full Tuition Fee $9,230.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $355.00
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


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 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 our ecology 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 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

You will study 15 units (13 core units and 2 aerial tree climbing specialisation units)

Last updated: April 18, 2019 04:43pm