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AHC30820 - Certificate III in Arboriculture (Elevated Work Platform – EWP Arborist)


AHC30820 Certificate III in Arboriculture 

Elevated Work Platform – EWP Arborist

Qualification Description

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge for trade level roles in the arboriculture industry, including, climbing arborist, EWP arborist, crane specialist, environmental arborist and an arborist works coordinator.

Individuals with this qualification perform a range of arboriculture activities including, shaping and canopy management, tree health and remediation, environmental and habitat development, to tree dismantling and removal. The work involves high risk operations either working at heights or conducting support works to individuals working above ground. Work practices operate within a strict safety regime to protect workers and public.

Legislation, regulations and by-laws relating to the treatment and removal of trees apply in some States and Territories.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Packaging Rules

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in:

  • 18 units of competency:
  • 9 core units plus
  • 9 elective units.


Tailored Training Plans

Contact us today for your individual Pre-Enrolment Consultation to review the volume of learning (time) and recognition of current skills to have your tailored quote developed to help you acheive your career goals sooner. 

The cost of the Certificate III in Arboriculture ranges from $3500 for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to $9,800.00 for an Apprenticeship Pathway.



The volume of learning is reviewed at your time of enrolment when you can select one of the following pathways to acheive your goals to become a Qualified Arborist:

  • Apprenticeship Delivery is typically 4 years
  • Skills Gap Training is typically 3-9 months
  • Recognition of Prior Learning is typically 2 months
  • Workplace Based Training (group bookings)

Contact us to find out which pathway is the best way for you to get recognised in Proffessional Tree Care!



A minimum Deposit of $1,500.00 is required prior to commencement of the program. 

Payment plans are available for monthly or quarterly installments with our accounts team. 

Student Educational Loans are available for those who qualify.  

Wait list
  • Upcoming Course Dates
  • Workplace Based Training
  • Recognition Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Skills Gap Training
  • Units of Competency
  • Training and Assessment Strategy

2024 Course Schedule

DNA Training runs every Term for AHC30820 Certificate III in Arboriculture programs so that you can plan ahead upskilling your team or gaining your qualifications


Course Start Date Enrol Before
19/02/2024 24/01/2024
29/07/2024 19/07/2024


Delivery includes 2-3 consecutive days per month so that you can easily plan your attendance.


Can you claim Priority List Apprenticeship?

Yes you can still claim the Employer Benefits for the Australain Apprenticeship Priortity Listing for Enrolling Apprentices in this Apprenticeship Pathway and receive up to $15,000.00 per apprentice over 3 years. 

For further details on how to claim the Priority Listing Employer Benefits please follow the link below. 

MEGT Apprenticeship Priority Benefits


Yes we are able to provide you with an Individual Training Plan for each Apprentice and coordinate with your chosen Apprenticeship Board. 


Become an Arborist Today!


Workplace Based Training

This is a terrific spin on the traditional apprenticeship delivery for Medium to Large Organisations who would like to train five (5) or more employees in AHC30820 Certificate III in Arboriculture. 


What are the benefits of Workplace Based Training

  • Less Employee Down Time!
  • Increased Productivity as we assess them on the job!
  • Cost effective!
  • Targeted Specific Training to their roles!
  • Minimised course duration 
  • Reduction in Volume of Learning
  • Supplementary Evidence from the Workplace
  • Selection of electives
  • Days and Time of Delivery

The benefits far outway the traditional delivery for those who would like to take this opporuntity for upskilling their employees through the Apprenticeship Pathway. 


For a personalised Training Proposal for your team contact Belinda on 0405 781 459 or belinda.t@dnatraining.com.au 

We look forward to aiding you in upskilling your team!


What is recognition of prior learning?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process through which non-formal learning and informal learning are measured, mediated for recognition across different contexts, and certified against the requirements for credit, access, inclusion or advancement in the formal education and training system, or workplace.
Forms of evidence for RPL in Cert III in Arboriculture may include some of the following examples:
  • Resume
  • Job/Work Orders
  • Videos
  • Photos
  • Social Media
  • Website
  • Job Description
  • Case Studies
  • Third Party Results
  • Customer Testimonies 


What is a credit transfer RTO?

What is a credit transfer? A credit transfer is when a student has previously completed study and wishes to receive recognition for the previous study they have completed.
This usually entails a Statement of Attainment that has been certified by a JP to verify the Award. The Unit code and Name needs to be equivalent or may be equivalent and superseded to be applied. 
What is Recognition of Current Competencies?
Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) is an assessment process that enables people to gain formal qualifications for the skills and knowledge they already have. The process includes an assessment of evidence supplied by the candidate against the outcomes of the relevant unit standard(s).

Skills Gap Training and Assessment Strategy

This is a refined process using a combination of using methods to minimise the course content reducing the volume of learning. 

  • Credit Transfers
  • Recognition of Current Competencies 
  • Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Competency Based Assessment Tasks


Each candidate is review individually to see how their past experience and prior learning can be applied in line with the Training Package to formulate an individual training plan that is cost effective and helps you gain your qualification. 

The Skills Gap Training strategy is delivered as an Apprenticeship pathway that is tailored to your organisations needs. 


For further information please call Belinda on 0405 781 459  or email belinda.t@dnatraining.com.au

AHC30820 Certificate III in Arboriculture 

Elevated Work Platform – EWP Arborist

The following units of competency and modules have been selected to aid you in starting your career as an Arborist Cutting from an Elevated Work Platform. 

Packaging Rules

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in:

  • 18 units of competency:
  • 9 core units plus
  • 9 elective units.

Elective units must ensure the integrity of the qualification’s Australian Quality Framework (AQF) alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome. The electives are to be chosen as follows:

  • 7 units must be from groups A, B, C, D, E or F, with all the units from at least one specialisation selected from the specialisations listed below
  • the remaining 2 units may be selected from units listed in groups A, B, C, D, E or F or any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course.

No more than 3 of the 9 electives selected can be coded with an AQF indicator below level 3 or reflect outcomes below AQF level 3.

Electives are to be packaged to provide a qualification with one or more specialisations as follows:

  • All 3 electives from Group A must be selected for the award of the Certificate III in Arboriculture (Climbing Arborist)
  • All 4 electives from Group B must be selected for the award of the Certificate III in Arboriculture (Crane Specialist)
  • All 4 electives from Group C must be selected for the award of the Certificate III in Arboriculture (Elevated Work Platform – EWP Arborist)
  • All 4 electives from Group D must be selected for the award of the Certificate III in Arboriculture (Environmental arborist)
  • All 3 electives from Group E must be selected for the award of the Certificate III in Arboriculture (Works Coordinator)
  • Electives from Group G can only be selected where required as a prerequisite.


Core Units of Competency


Perform ground based rigging


Implement a tree maintenance program


Inspect trees for access and work


Perform pruning operations


Identify trees


Maintain chainsaws


Trim and cut felled trees


Fall trees manually (intermediate)


Provide first aid


Elective Units of Competency

Group C Elevated Work Platform (EWP) specialist


Dismantle trees


Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)


Perform EWP rescue


Perform EWP controlled descent escape


Group F General Electives


Transport and store chemicals


Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases


Operate a mobile chipper/mulcher


Control traffic with stop-slow bat


Working safely near live electrical apparatus as a non-electrical worker


Training and the Award is issued through Thoughtplanters Australia RTO40739 and is recorded on the ESI Worker Portal at successful completion



Our training has been designed to aid the visual and audio learners through structured tutorials and a good balance of practical skills formation so that you can have a hands on skills building activities. 

Assessment Methods include:

  • Written Questions
  • Questions and Answers
  • Role Plays
  • Scenario Case Studies
  • Practical Observations


Practical Training Locations

Immerse yourself in the simulated training environment with DNA Training Solutions at over 200 acres of lush vegetation. We provide practical training location access all year round at our varies sights in the Yarra Ranges

  • Macclesfield
  • Avonsleigh
  • Gembrook
  • Beaconsfield

Practical Skills Formation is an important part of your learning journey so we take you off site to apply your skills under the safe direction of your Trainer and Assessor. We limit 6 student per Trainer and Assessor to ensure you have quality skill instruction and essential one on one time to formulate your technique. 


Please bring relevant PPE to your practical training days including the following items:
• Chaps
• Hard hat
• Safety glasses
• Hearing protection
• Cut class 5 gloves
• Sunscreen
• High Visibility Clothing
• Safety boots



We use the STIHL MS 261 C-M Professional Chainsaws as our chainsaw of choice for forming your skills from the STIHL SHOP in DANDENONG

We own our VERMEER BC700XL Wood Chipper to take onsite so that you can chip what you prune on the day! The BC700XL is the smallest machine in Vermeer's wood chipper line, the BC700XL design is based on operator feedback and focuses on productivity advantage and ease-of-use.


Theory Training Rooms

Our Theory Training Rooms are designed for comfort and easy access so that you can sit back and tune in to what the Trainers are guiding you through using our Projector along with each student receiving a copy of the Workbook so that you can easily keep track and follow along. 

Our Training Room has access to DNA Trainings Student Wi-Fi so that you can go online in the Learner Portal to read through the digital Workbook at any time and complete your written assessments. 


Group Training Events

Our Trainers and Assessors will come to your business to train your staff on your selected courses which we can tailor to suit your industry. When we train your staff on your site you will have the benefits of minimising risk in the workplace and have the knowledge that your employees can act
in case of an incident occurring to minimise the loss of lives or serious injury.


Contact us for your tailored group booking quote on 03 7050 1111 or email Belinda at belinda.t@dnatraining.com.au 


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