Arboriculture Project

Menu: Click across the green arrows to view active and completed project stages. Consultation takes place at every stage of the project.

Case for change

Arborists are currently on the National Skills Needs List and with falling training enrolment numbers, employers are facing severe challenges in attracting skilled staff. The current qualifications have been identified as having structural barriers to entry, which make them exceptionally difficult to deliver.

Expert members of the Amenity Horticulture, Landscape, Conservation and Land Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) identified that enrolments in the arboriculture training packages are unlikely to rise unless significant barriers to training are removed, both for learners and registered training organisations (RTOs). This project will review the existing arboriculture qualifications and 42 related units of competency to update the content to reflect current industry practice, remove significant and unnecessary barriers to training and assessment, and satisfy the Standards for Training Packages 2012.

Skills Impact and the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation and Land Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will manage this project, consistent with the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download the Case for Change

 

 

Project Plan

Project Scope

This project will review the existing six arboriculture qualifications and 42 related units of competency to update the content to reflect current industry practice, remove significant and unnecessary barriers to training and assessment, and satisfy the Standards for Training Packages 2012.

Arborists are currently on the National Skills Needs List and with falling training enrolment numbers, employers are facing severe challenges in attracting skilled staff. Some of the current qualifications have been identified as having structural barriers to entry. Some of the current units contain prerequisites and content which make them exceptionally difficult to deliver.

Scroll down to view the qualification and list of units that will be reviewed in this project. They will be incorporated in the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.

 

Register your interest in the project

Subscribe to the Skills Impact newsletter to keep informed about project updates and opportunities to provide input and feedback. Make sure to select ‘Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation & Land Management’ as your industry of interest on the subscription form.

 

Relevant Occupations
  • Arborist, including:
    • Climbing Arborist
    • Elevated work platform (EWP) Arborist
    • Ground-based Arborist
  • Supervising Arborist
  • Consulting Arborists
  • Senior Arborist

 

Key deliverables

Review of the six existing arboriculture qualifications and 42 existing arboriculture units of competency in the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package. The project may develop up to five new units and/or five new skill sets.

 

Timeline

September – October 2018
Initial scoping

October 2018 – January 2019
Development of draft qualifications, skill sets and units

February 2019 
Drafts available for broader consultation

March – April 2019
Validation of final drafts

April – May 2019 
Finalisation of Training Package components

May – June 2019
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

June 2019
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

 

Project Team
Tom Vassallo Industry Skills Standards Manager tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au
Kate Vanson Industry Engagement Manager, Skills Impact kate@skillsimpact.com.au
Ron Barrow Industry Skills Standards Contractor, Nestor Consulting

 

The Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation and Land Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will oversee this project, as part of their responsibilities to support engagement with the sector, and to ensure projects meets industry stakeholder needs.

 

Qualification and units

Below is a list of current qualifications and units proposed for revision as part of this project. In preparation for the review of these components, we invite you to provide your input on the current qualifications and units. We would like to know what changes or updates should be made to the components so that they meet the skills needs of the industry.

To provide feedback, please use our feedback form. Alternatively, you can email Tom Vassallo tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au.

 

Units that will be reviewed as part of this project include:

 

Stakeholder Consultation Process

A list of key stakeholder organisations is being developed for this project. Skills Impact will ensure contact is made with each of these organisations during the development of this project to seek their involvement and their views on the draft qualifications and units.

If you are aware of an organisation that you think should be involved, please contact the project team to ensure they are contacted by us.

Of course, all and any interested industry participants are encouraged to engage in the consultation of this project, when the draft qualifications and units are available for feedback via this webpage and workshops that take place around Australia. Consultation is not limited to the organisations on this list. This list simply helps us to identify those organisations that, because of their industry role, size or specialty, are likely to have a key interest in the development and outcomes of this project.

 

Opportunities for stakeholder input

Stakeholder input is appreciated throughout the duration of this project. The documents will be drafted in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and their networks. Opportunities to provide targeted feedback will occur when the draft materials are made available, which is expected in October 2018, and again for validation of final drafts which is expected in February 2019. However, your feedback is welcomed at any time, and will help us in drafting the qualification and units. It is important that training provides a skilled and flexible workforce for the future. The qualification and units need to reflect real work experience. So if you work in the sector, Skills Impact would appreciate your input and help. Please feel free to register your interest for project updates and consultation opportunities by following the newsletter subscription link below. Alternatively, please feel free to contact the project manager, Tom Vassallo on 03 9321 3526 or tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au.

 

Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts will be drawn on throughout this project to help review and draft the revised units, skill sets and qualifications.

If you are interested in applying to be a subject matter expert and are able to volunteer your time to this project, please email details of your expertise to tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au.

Development

Work has progressed in the review and redesign of the six existing Arboriculture qualifications and 42 related units of competency in the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package. This work is assisted by input from a Subject Matter Expert Working Group that includes representatives from various sectors of the Arboriculture industry across Australia.

Please feel free to register your interest to keep informed of project updates and when draft units are available for feedback.

Public consultation workshops – Registrations open!

The revised draft qualifications, skill sets and units will be made available on this webpage for public consideration and feedback throughout all of February 2019 (under the ‘Drafts Available’ menu above). Face-to-face consultation workshops will also take place, across states and territories, with two webinars planned for those unable to attend in person. Registrations for these workshops are now open. Please feel free to register for a workshop near you or a webinar by clicking the corresponding link.

Face-to-Face Consultation Workshops

Fri 8 Feb19, 2pm to 4pm – Launceston – register here

Mon 11 Feb 19, 2pm to 4pm – Melbourne – register here

Tue 12 Feb 19, 2pm to 4pm – Brisbane – register here

Wed 13 Feb 19, 2pm to 4pm – Sydney – register here

Thu 14 Feb 19, 2pm to 4pm – Canberra – register here

Tue 19 Feb 19, 1pm to 2.45pm – Darwin – register here

Wed 20 Feb 19, 1pm to 3pm – Perth – register here

Thu 21 Feb 19, 2pm to 4pm – Adelaide – register here

Consultation Webinar

25 Feb 19 10am to 11am – Webinar – register here

25 Feb 19 1pm to 2pm – Webinar – register here

Register your interest in the project

Subscribe to the Skills Impact newsletter to keep informed about project updates and opportunities to provide input and feedback. Make sure to select ‘Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation & Land Management’ as your industry of interest on the subscription form.

 

Drafts Available

Thank you to those who provided feedback on the draft qualifications, units of competency and skill sets relating to arboriculture management. The documents were made available on this webpage for broad stakeholder review from 8 February – 11 March 2019.

In particular, feedback was requested on some of the major changes proposed, including:

  • Significant redesign of the Certificate III and Diploma qualifications
  • The Certificate IV in Arboriculture is proposed for deletion based on industry advice. There were no enrolments in the qualification in 2016 and only seven enrolments in 2017. It had five Arboriculture specific units with an AQF level 4 identifier in the code. Three of these units have been revised are now electives in the redesigned Certificate III of Arboriculture.
  • Significant changes to many of the Arboriculture sector units listed in the Certificate III and Diploma qualifications, including the removal or prerequisite units
  • The addition of a statement in some units (listed in the Certificate II and III qualifications) that requires the work described in the unit to be carried out according to industry standards. Using AHCARB307 Use arborist climbing techniques as an example –  “The arboriculture industry requires that all climbing work is undertaken according to current industry standards, including Minimum Industry Standard MIS305 Tree Climbing and other relevant Minimum Industry Standards” (Note – The MIS can be purchased from Arboriculture Australia).
  • Two proposed new skill sets

Feedback was sought on any issues with the drafts, with a focus on whether the draft qualifications, skill sets and units reflect the current skills standards and practices of industry, and whether job functions are accurately described.

Feedback will inform the work on the final drafts which will be available for industry validation in April 2019.

Summary of consultation to date

Feedback on the draft documents was collected via the online feedback hub, face-to-face consultation workshops and a webinar. To view the draft documents, including comments that were made on them from people using the feedback hub, please click on the expandable document menus below.

The draft qualifications, skill sets and units have been developed in consultation with a Subject Matter Expert (SME) working group that includes representatives from various sectors of the Arboriculture industry across Australia. Four SME meetings were held between October and December 2018, and the SMEs have also been  in between meetings. After undertaking a Workforce Functional Analysis, the SMEs provided detailed information on the skills and knowledge required to perform the job roles and functions, which has informed the development of the drafts now available.

 

Qualifications

AHC2XXXX Certificate II in Arboriculture View qualification
AHC3XXXX Certificate III in Arboriculture View qualification
AHC5XXXX Diploma of Arboriculture View qualification
AHC6XXXX Advanced Diploma of Arboriculture View qualification
AHC8XXXX Graduate Diploma of Arboriculture View qualification

AHC41916 Certificate IV in Arboriculture The Certificate IV in Arboriculture is proposed for deletion. Industry advised that it should be deleted, as it no longer meets the needs of industry. There were no enrolments in the qualification in 2016 and only seven enrolments in 2017.

The existing Certificate IV has five Arboriculture specific units with an AQF level 4 identifier in the code. Three of these units have been revised are now electives in the redesigned Certificate III of Arboriculture to support a ‘leading hand’ specialisation as requested by industry SMEs:

  • AHCARB401  Verify pruning specifications
  • AHCARB402 Supervise and audit tree operations
  • AHCARB404 Conduct a safety audit

Based on SME advice, AHCARB403 Perform a ground-based tree defect evaluation has been added to the core of the redesigned Diploma of Arboriculture. AHCARB405 Perform geospatial data collection has been proposed for deletion – refer to the comments in under the heading ‘Units Proposed for Deletion’.

View qualification

Skill Sets

AHCSSXXXXX Introduction to arboriculture skill set

 

 

This new skill set provides skills for entry-level arborist work and provides direct credit into the Certificate III in Arboriculture.

Attainment of this skill set also meets the proposed entry into the Diploma of Arboriculture.

View skill set
AHCSSXXXX Basic tree worker skill set This new skill set provides basic skills for individuals entering the arboriculture industry without a full qualification, including essential skills to perform basic work performed as a grounds person safely in arboriculture work environments.

The units in this skill set also provide credit transfer into the Certificate II or Certificate III in Arboriculture.

View skill set

Units of Competency

AHCARB2XX Apply treatments to trees View unit
AHCARB206 Operate and maintain stump grinding machines View unit
AHCARB207 Perform ground based rigging View unit
AHCARB208 Recognise trees View unit
AHCARB209 Assist with aerial rescue from the ground View unit
AHCARB210 Work effectively in the arboriculture industry View unit

Please note there will be an additional two units at this level, that will be made available to feedback mid February 2019.

AHCARB301 Implement a tree maintenance program View unit
AHCARB302 Inspect trees for access and work View unit
AHCARB303 Perform pruning operations View unit
AHCARB3XX Dismantle trees View unit
AHCARB306 Undertake aerial rescue View unit
AHCARB3XX Use arborist climbing techniques View unit
AHCARB3XX Install tree support systems View unit
AHCARB309 Implement a tree protection program View unit
AHCARB3XX Access tree for inspection or ecology View unit
AHCARB313 Identify trees View unit

AHCARB401 Verify pruning specifications View unit 
AHCARB402 Supervise and audit tree operations View unit
AHCARB403 Perform a ground-based tree defect evaluation View unit
AHCARB404 Conduct a safety audit View unit

 

AHCARB502 Identify, select and specify trees View unit
AHCARB504 Develop an arboricultural impact assessment report View unit
AHCARB5XX Specify and audit tree work View unit
AHCARB506 Prepare arborist reports View unit
AHCARB507 Generate tree plans using computer-aided design software View unit
AHCARB5XX Examine and assess trees View unit
AHCARB5XX Diagnose tree diseases View unit

AHCARB603 Interpret diagnostic test results View unit
AHCARB604 Measure and improve the performance of urban forests View unit
AHCARB605 Provide consultation in a legal framework View unit
AHCARB606 Develop an operational tree management plan View unit
AHCARB607 Review and develop strategic tree policy View unit

 

AHCARB8XX Analyse tree biomechanics View unit
AHCARB8XX Analyse mycology cultures View unit
AHCARB8XX Research urban forest performance View unit
AHCARB8XX Conduct an entomology research project View unit
AHCARB801 Contextualise diagnostic tests View unit
AHCARB802 Develop an urban forest management framework View unit
AHCARB803 Analyse edaphic interactions of trees and structures View unit

Please use the links below to view the units.

AHCARB310 Perform aerial rigging The unit is only listed in the Certificates III in Arboriculture.

Industry advised that the outcomes of this unit are better embedded in the redesigned AHCARB305 Dismantle trees. Therefore, AHCARB310 Perform aerial rigging is obsolete and is proposed for deletion.

View unit
AHCARB311 Tie, dress, set and finish arborist knots The unit is only listed in the Certificates II and III in Arboriculture.

Industry advised that the outcomes of this unit are better embedded in several other redesigned AHCARB units, where knots are used, in particular:

  • AHCARB207 Perform ground based rigging
  • AHCARB312 Use standard climbing techniques to access trees
  • AHCARB307 Use advanced climbing techniques
  • AHCARB306 Undertake aerial rescue
  • AHCARB305 Dismantle trees

Therefore, AHCARB311 Tie, dress, set and finish arborist knots is obsolete and proposed for deletion.

View unit
AHCARB405 Perform geospatial data collection

 

The unit no longer meets industry needs and is only listed in the Certificate IV in Arboriculture that is also proposed for deletion.

Industry has advised that two existing units – CPPSIS5035 Obtain and validate spatial data and CPPSIS5064 Coordinate GIS data manipulation better meet the needs of the arboriculture industry.

Therefore AHCARB405 Perform geospatial data collection is obsolete and proposed for deletion.

View unit

 

Register your interest in the project

Subscribe to the Skills Impact newsletter to keep informed about project updates and opportunities to provide input and feedback. Make sure to select ‘Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation & Land Management’ as your industry of interest on the subscription form.

 

Validation

This stage has not yet commenced

Finalisation

This stage has not yet commenced