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 (this course will begin as online delivery and then move into face to face delivery - Mondays and Tuesdays, 9am-4pm)

Fast track: 12 months (this course will begin as online delivery and then move into face to face delivery - Thursdays 6pm-9pm)

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

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.


Direct entry

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

* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, 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).

Student tuition & materials fees published are indicative, and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are at 2020 rates 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.

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