Representing Arborists in Queensland & Nth NSW

At the QAA, our aim is to provide information that makes the industry safer and more efficient, all the while providing continual learning to improve skill sets and quality of work. 

We believe that by increasing the number of qualified, experienced, and insured businesses, the number of dangerous businesses who risk the safety of themselves, their staff and the public while completing work will decrease.

This, in turn, will make the industry safer for those working in it while also giving the general public confidence that work is being carried out by accredited and professional businesses. 

That’s why we are committed to providing continuous learning opportunities for those in the arboricultural industry. These include educational workshops, practical training, climbing competitions, industry discussions, and community networking sessions.

An arboricultural accreditation is a nationally recognised trade that can be used to work around the world. 

The QAA recommends that all Contractors hold a minimum of a Certificate III qualification while a Consulting Arborist should be Diploma qualified.

Further information on courses can be found below.

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AHC30820 - Certificate III in Arboriculture 

Qualification Description

This qualification provides occupation outcomes with a range of specialised knowledge and skills to undertake skilled work and as a pathway for further learning required for arborists in the arboriculture industry.

Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include the general title Arborist, and the specialisation titles:

  • Climbing Arborist
  • EWP Arborist
  • Ground-based Arborist.

The qualification covers both ground-based workers and those working at heights. This qualification does not require a person to work at heights, however, units that include the skills and knowledge required to work at heights, both from an elevated work platform (EWP) and by climbing trees, are included as elective streams.

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship.

Occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements may apply to this qualification in some jurisdictions. Specific determination should be sought through the relevant State or Territory.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Detailed course information can be located here:

294 KBAHC30820 Certificate III in Arboriculture


 📌 To find a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) near you, please visit the website.


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AHC50520 - Diploma of Arboriculture

Qualification Description

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge for consulting arborists and tree managers.

Graduates with this qualification assess trees and produce reports and documentation attesting to the health and risks related to trees. They diagnose tree disorders and defects, document and communicate recommendations for tree establishment, canopy management, tree remediation, environmental and habitat development and tree removals, within a legislative and regulatory framework.

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

Entry Requirements

To commence this qualification an individual must have achieved the following units of competency or their equivalent:

  • AHCARB314 Implement a tree maintenance program
  • AHCARB316 Perform pruning operations
  • AHCARB323 Identify trees.

Detailed course information can be located here:

249 KBAHC50520 Diploma of Arboriculture

 📌 To find a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) near you, please visit the website.


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Graduate Certificate in Arboriculture


Course overview

  • 1 year part time

  • On Campus (Burnley)

  • Available to domestic and international students

  • Summer Intake - February, Mid-Year Intake - July, and Spring Intake - November

Entry requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Arboriculture

To be considered for entry, you must have completed:

  • An undergraduate degreeor
  • A relevant TAFE or higher education advanced diploma (or equivalent), and 3 years of documented, relevant professional experienceor
  • A relevant TAFE diploma and 4.5 years of documented, relevant professional experience, or
  • At least 6 years of documented, relevant professional experience, including at least 3 years in a demonstrated supervisory role.

This course is not available to international students who require a student visa to study in Australia.


Cities all over the world, from Melbourne to New York, from Beijing to Los Angeles, are looking to boost the number of trees in their public spaces.

The Graduate Certificate in Arboriculture is designed for professionals managing trees or wanting to learn how to manage trees in the urban forest.

In this course, you will study urban forest management, tree growth and function, plant identification and selection, pests and diseases, and environmental stresses - such as climate change.

Study while you work.

To accommodate your existing work commitments, all classes are delivered in an intensive format with online assessment elements.

Learn from a garden campus.

You'll spend your time with urban forestry experts at our beautiful Burnley campus, where you’ll find an extensive collection of trees – both native and exotic – with an urban forestry and arboriculture research station.

This course is not available to international students who require a student visa to study in Australia.

For more course details, please head to the University of Melbourne Website