Arboriculture Project

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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 qualifications 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.

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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.

 

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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 VassalloIndustry Skills Standards Manager tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au
Kate VansonIndustry Engagement Manager, Skills Impact kate@skillsimpact.com.au
Ron BarrowIndustry 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 ArboricultureView qualification
AHC3XXXX Certificate III in ArboricultureView qualification
AHC5XXXX Diploma of ArboricultureView qualification
AHC6XXXX Advanced Diploma of ArboricultureView qualification
AHC8XXXX Graduate Diploma of ArboricultureView qualification

AHC41916 Certificate IV in ArboricultureThe 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’.

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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.

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AHCSSXXXX Basic tree worker skill setThis 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.

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Units of Competency

AHCARB2XX Apply treatments to treesView unit
AHCARB206 Operate and maintain stump grinding machinesView unit
AHCARB207 Perform ground based riggingView unit
AHCARB208 Recognise treesView unit
AHCARB209 Assist with aerial rescue from the groundView unit
AHCARB210 Work effectively in the arboriculture industryView 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 programView unit
AHCARB302 Inspect trees for access and workView unit
AHCARB303 Perform pruning operationsView unit
AHCARB3XX Dismantle treesView unit
AHCARB306 Undertake aerial rescueView unit
AHCARB3XX Use arborist climbing techniquesView unit
AHCARB3XX Install tree support systemsView unit
AHCARB309 Implement a tree protection programView unit
AHCARB3XX Access tree for inspection or ecologyView unit
AHCARB313 Identify treesView unit

AHCARB401 Verify pruning specificationsView unit 
AHCARB402 Supervise and audit tree operationsView unit
AHCARB403 Perform a ground-based tree defect evaluationView unit
AHCARB404 Conduct a safety auditView unit

 

AHCARB502 Identify, select and specify treesView unit
AHCARB504 Develop an arboricultural impact assessment reportView unit
AHCARB5XX Specify and audit tree workView unit
AHCARB506 Prepare arborist reportsView unit
AHCARB507 Generate tree plans using computer-aided design softwareView unit
AHCARB5XX Examine and assess treesView unit
AHCARB5XX Diagnose tree diseasesView unit

AHCARB603 Interpret diagnostic test resultsView unit
AHCARB604 Measure and improve the performance of urban forestsView unit
AHCARB605 Provide consultation in a legal frameworkView unit
AHCARB606 Develop an operational tree management planView unit
AHCARB607 Review and develop strategic tree policyView unit

 

AHCARB8XX Analyse tree biomechanicsView unit
AHCARB8XX Analyse mycology culturesView unit
AHCARB8XX Research urban forest performanceView unit
AHCARB8XX Conduct an entomology research projectView unit
AHCARB801 Contextualise diagnostic testsView unit
AHCARB802 Develop an urban forest management frameworkView unit
AHCARB803 Analyse edaphic interactions of trees and structuresView 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.

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AHCARB311 Tie, dress, set and finish arborist knotsThe 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.

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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

Thank you to those who participated in the validation process for the final draft qualification, skill sets and units of competency for arboriculture. The final drafts were available on this webpage for feedback and comment from 26 April – 12 May 2019.

They have been revised to improve the accessibility of the qualifications and to better match job roles. The final draft qualification, skill sets and units that were available for industry validation are listed below.

The final drafts will shortly progress through to the Finalisation stage of the project which includes quality assurance of the documents and review and feedback from the State/Territory Training Authorities. They will then be forwarded to the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management Industry Reference Committee for consideration and sign off, before being submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to consider and approve for publication on training.gov.au.

Validation means checking and confirming that the documents are logical and factually accurate.

Summary of consultation

Prior to the Validation period, the draft qualifications, skill sets and units of competency were made available on the Skills Impact website under the ‘Drafts Available’ stage from 8 February – 11 March 2019. The drafts included five revised qualifications, two new skill sets and 39 revised units. Feedback was also sought on the proposed deletion of the existing AHC41916 Certificate IV in Arboriculture Certificate and three existing units.

The feedback received has been considered with assistance from a Subject Matter Expert Working Group that includes that includes representatives from various sectors of the Arboriculture industry across Australia.

A description of how feedback has been considered and applied in the “drafts available” stage can be downloaded below.

Qualifications

Click here to download a zipped folder of all qualifications in this group.

TitleChangesLink
 AHC2XXXX Certificate II in ArboricultureMinor change to Qualification Description.

Change to Packaging Rules, Core Units, Prerequisite Units, and Change to Qualifications Mapping Information.

Download final draft qualification
AHC3XXXX Certificate III in ArboricultureMinor change to Qualification Description.

Minor correction to crane specialisation unit title.

Changes to leading hand specialisation units.

Minor changes to elective units.

Download final draft qualification
AHC5XXXX Diploma of ArboricultureMinor change to Qualification Description, Qualifications Mapping Information, and Packaging Rules, with the addition of ‘that reflect outcomes at AQF level 4 or above.’Download final draft qualification
AHC6XXXX Advanced Diploma of ArboricultureChanges to Qualification Description and Entry Requirements.

Minor changes to Elective Units.

Removal of Prerequisite requirements table.

 Download final draft qualification
AHC8XXXX Graduate Diploma of ArboricultureMinor change to Modification History, Qualifications Description and Qualification Mapping Information.

Changes to Entry Requirements.

Download final draft qualification

TitleCommentLink
AHC41916 Certificate IV in ArboricultureThe 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 Australian Qualifications Framework (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 subject matter experts:

  • AHCARB401 Verify pruning specifications
  • AHCARB402 Supervise and audit tree operations
  • AHCARB403 Perform a ground-based tree defect evaluation
  • 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 is proposed for deletion – refer to the comments under the heading ‘Units Proposed for Deletion’.

View qualification

Skill Sets

Click here to download a zipped folder of both skill sets.

TitleCommentLink
AHCSSXXXXX Basic Tree Worker Skill SetMinor change to Skill Set Description.Download final draft skill set
AHCSSXXXXX Introduction To Arboriculture Skill SetNo changes.Download final draft skill set

Units of Competency

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

TitleChangesLink
AHCARBXX2XX Apply treatments to trees (Note – title has changed from ‘apply a range of treatments to trees’)Minor change to Performance Criteria 1.2, Unit Mapping Information and Knowledge Evidence.

Changes to Performance Evidence.

Download final draft unit
 AHCARBXX206 Operate and maintain stump grinding machinesMinor change to Application, Foundation Skills, Unit Mapping Information, Performance Evidence, Knowledge Evidence, and Assessment Conditions.

Minor change to Performance Criteria 1.4, 2.3, 2.6, 4.3, 5.2 deleted 3.4 renumbered Elements 3,4 and 5.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX207 Perform ground based riggingMinor change to Performance Criteria content 1.2, and 3.4.

Minor change to Unit Mapping Information, Performance Evidence, and Minor changes to Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX208 Recognise treesMinor edits to Foundation Skills, Unit Mapping Information, Performance Evidence, and Knowledge Evidence.Download final draft unit

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

TitleChangeLink
AHCARBXX301 Implement a tree maintenance programMinor change to Application statement, Foundation Skills, Unit Mapping Information, Performance Evidence, Knowledge Evidence, and Minor change to Assessment Conditions.

Minor changes to Performance Criteria 1.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.5.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX302 Inspect trees for access and workMinor change to Application statement, Unit Mapping Information, Knowledge Evidence, and Assessment Conditions.

Minor changes to Performance Criteria 1.4, and 2.3. Deleted 3.4.

Changes to Performance Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX303 Perform pruning operationsMinor change to Application statement, Unit Mapping Information, Knowledge Evidence, and Assessment Conditions.

Minor changes to Performance Criteria 1.2, 2.4, 3.1, and 5.3. Deleted 5.5.

Changes to Performance Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX305 Dismantle treesChanges to Application statement, Performance Evidence, and Assessment Conditions.

Minor changes to Performance Criteria 2.3, 2.7, and 3.3. Corrected numbering Element 3 and Element 4.

Minor edit to Foundation Skills.

Minor changes to Unit Mapping Information and Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX306 Undertake aerial rescueMinor change to Application statement, Unit Mapping Information, and Knowledge Evidence.

Minor changes to Performance Criteria 1.6, and 3.1.

Changes to Foundation Skills, Performance Evidence and Changes to Assessment Conditions.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX3XX Use arborist climbing techniquesMinor change to Performance Criteria 2.5, Unit Mapping Information, Knowledge Evidence, Assessment Conditions.

Changes to Performance Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX3XX Install tree support systems (Note – title has changed from ‘install cable and bracing’)Minor change to Application statement, Unit Mapping Information, Performance Evidence, Knowledge Evidence, and Minor change to Assessment Conditions.

Minor changes to Performance Criteria 1.3.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX309 Implement a tree protection programMinor change to Application statement and Unit Mapping Information.

Minor changes to Performance Criteria 1.2.

Minor edit to Foundation Skills.

Added AS4970 to Performance Evidence, Knowledge Evidence and Assessment Conditions.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX3XX Access tree for inspection or ecology

(Note – title has changed from ‘use standard climbing techniques’)

Minor change to Performance Criteria 1.2 and Unit Mapping Information.

Minor changes to Performance Evidence.

Minor edits to Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX313 Identify treesMinor changes to Performance Criteria 3.3 and Knowledge Evidence.

Minor edits to Foundation Skills.

Minor change to Unit Mapping Information and Performance Evidence.

Download final draft unit

 

NEW – NOT PREVIOUSLY RELEASED

AHCARBXX3XX Use cranes to access and dismantle trees (new unit)Minor change to Application, Unit Mapping Information and Assessment Conditions.

Changes to Performance Evidence.

Editing changes to Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX3XX Manage trees to create and maintain habitat refuges (new unit)Changes to Performance Criteria 1.4, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 3.9, and 3.10. Deleted 3.7.

Added Foundation Skills.

Minor change to Unit Mapping Information.

Changes to Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence.

Minor changes to Assessment Conditions.

Download final draft unit

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

TitleChangesLink
AHCARBXX401 Verify pruning specificationsMinor change to Application, Unit Mapping Information, and Assessment Conditions.

Minor change to Element 1, 2 and 3.

Minor change to Performance Criteria 1.1, 4.3 deleted 3.4.

Minor edits to Foundation Skills.

Minor changes to Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX402 Supervise and audit tree operationsMinor change to Application and Mapping Information.

Minor edits to Foundation Skills and Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX403 Perform a ground-based tree defect evaluationMinor change to Performance Criteria 2.1.

Minor change to Unit Mapping Information and Performance Evidence.

Minor edits to Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX404 Conduct a safety auditMinor edits to Foundation Skills and Knowledge Evidence.

Minor change to Unit Mapping Information.

Minor edit to Performance Evidence.

Download final draft unit

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

TitleChangesLink
AHCARBXX502 Identify, select and specify treesMinor change to Performance Criteria 5.2 added 3.4.

Minor change to Unit Mapping Information.

Minor changes to Performance Evidence.

Minor edits to Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX504 Develop an arboricultural impact assessment reportMinor change to Performance Criteria 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.8, 2.3, 3.2, 4.3, 6.4, 7.2, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, and 9.3.

Minor change to Unit Mapping Information.

Minor changes to Foundation Skills, Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX5XX Specify and audit tree work

(Note – title  has changed from document and audit tree work)

Minor change to Performance Criteria 4.1, and 5.4.

Minor change to Unit Mapping Information.

Minor changes to Performance Evidence.

Minor edits to Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX506 Prepare arborist reportsMinor change to Application, Foundation Skills, and Unit Mapping Information.

Minor change to Performance Criteria 3.1, 3.6.

Minor edits to Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX507 Generate tree plans using computer-aided design softwareMinor change to Unit Mapping Information, Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence.Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX5XX Examine and assess treesMinor change to Performance Criteria 1.4, 3.1, 3.5, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, and 5.6. Reordered 4.1-4.4 and added 6.3 and 6.4.

Added Foundation Skills.

Minor changes to Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX5XX Diagnose tree diseasesMinor change to Performance Criteria 1.2.

Added Foundation Skills.

Minor edits to Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

TitleChangesLink
AHCARBXX603 Interpret diagnostic test resultsMinor change to Performance Criteria deleted 3.7.

Added Foundation Skills.

Minor change to Unit Mapping Information and Performance Evidence.

Minor edits to Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX604 Measure and improve the performance of urban forestsMinor change to Performance Criteria 1.3.

Added Foundation Skills.

Minor change to Unit Mapping Information and Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX605 Provide consultation in a legal frameworkMinor change to Application and Unit Mapping Information.

Minor change to Performance Criteria 1.1, 2.5, 2.7, 4.1, and 5.6.

Added Foundation Skills.

Minor changes to Performance Evidence.

Minor edits to Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX606 Develop an operational tree management planMinor change to Performance Criteria 1.4.

Added Foundation Skills.

Minor change to Unit Mapping Information.

Minor changes to Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX607 Review and develop strategic tree policyMinor change to Performance Criteria 3.3.

Added Foundation Skills.

Minor change to Unit Mapping Information.

Minor edits to Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

TitleChangesLink
AHCARBXX8XX Analyse tree structure and biomechanicsMinor change to Performance Criteria 5.1, and 5.2.

Added Foundation Skills.

Minor change to Unit Mapping Information.

Minor edits to Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX8XX Analyse mycology culturesAdded Foundation Skills.

Minor edits to Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX8XX Research urban forest performanceAdded Foundation Skills.

Minor edit to Performance Evidence.

Minor edits to Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARB8XX Conduct an entomology research projectAdded Foundation Skills.

Minor edits to Knowledge Evidence.

Minor edit to Assessment Conditions.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX801 Contextualise diagnostic testsAdded Foundation Skills.

Minor change to Unit Mapping Information.

Minor edits to Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX802 Develop an urban forest management frameworkMinor change to Performance Criteria 1.6.

Added Foundation Skills.

Minor change to Unit Mapping Information.

Minor edits to Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit
AHCARBXX803 Analyse edaphic interactions of trees and structuresMinor update of title for Prerequisite Unit.

Added Foundation Skills.

Minor change to Unit Mapping Information.

Minor edits to Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence.

Download final draft unit

Please use the links below to view the units.

Unit titleCommentLink
AHCARB209 Assist with aerial rescue from the groundThe unit no longer meets industry needs and is proposed for deletion.View unit
AHCARB210 Work effectively in the arboriculture industryThe unit no longer meets industry needs and is proposed for deletion.View unit
AHCARB310 Perform aerial riggingIndustry advised that the outcomes of this unit are better embedded in the redesigned AHCARBXX305 Dismantle trees. Therefore, AHCARB310 Perform aerial rigging is obsolete and is proposed for deletion.View unit
AHCARB311 Tie, dress, set and finish arborist knotsIndustry 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.

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AHCARB405 Perform geospatial data collectionThis unit no longer meets industry needs and is proposed for deletion. It is only listed in the Certificate IV in Arboriculture that is also proposed for deletion.

Note – two imported units that meet industry needs are now included in the revised Diploma of Arboriculture with:

  • CPPSIS5035 Obtain and validate spatial data
  • CPPSIS5064 Coordinate GIS data manipulation and analysis
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Finalisation

Arboriculture is a specialist profession that recognises and fosters the many benefits of trees, to our health, society, environment, ecology, and economy. Arborists provide care and management of trees in both private and public locations to maintain their health, and make sure they are appropriate for their environment and as safe as possible. Many arborist roles require aerial work or operation of chainsaws – sometimes both at once – so it is vital the workforce is equipped with technical skills and sector specific safety standards.

“Arboriculture is an extremely important industry that is not well understood amongst the public and it is imperative that we share knowledge within and without the industry as a social responsibility – especially in the current time we are living where the natural environment is under such pressure and scrutiny with changes to climate and evolving city scapes.” Daniel Heyburn, ETS Vegetation Management

According to Arboriculture Australia, the industry employs over 40,000 workers with a turnover of over one billion dollars annually. However, an increase in government agency plantings over the past 15 years, means the current shortage of skilled workers to take up roles across the industry, particularly in specialist areas is likely to increase. Current entry requirements for accredited training and an ageing workforce have been contributing factors, and industry requires support to address the skills shortage.

Industry consultation throughout this project has concentrated on making qualifications more accessible and that they match with specific job roles. Core units have been reduced in the Certificates II and III where appropriate. The Advanced Diploma and Graduate Diploma have been given more flexible entry requirements to allow graduates from related fields to undertake them. Specialisations in the Certificate III and three new skill sets have been developed to create pathways for specialist skills and higher learning. In this way, arboriculture qualifications and skills standards have been updated to better support this thriving industry.

Following many months of stringent due process, we are delighted that Skills Impact has now reached the completion of its review… Adoption of the revised package is a significant step forward that will set our industry on a solid foundation for the future.

– Arboriculture Australia

Key Outcomes
  • Revised 37 units of competency, including removal of prerequisites from 13
  • Developed two new units of competency covering skills for using cranes to dismantle trees and managing trees to create and maintain habitat refuges
  • Five units of competency proposed for deletion where they did not meet industry needs or skills could be integrated into other units
  • Three new skill sets developed to attract and upskill workers including a basic tree worker skill set and an introduction to arboriculture skill set

Qualifications:

  • Certificate II in Arboriculture reduced from 20 to 11 core units and designed to focus on practical skills required operate as a ground-based tree worker across the industry
  • Certificate III in Arboriculture decreased from 23 to 18 units (9 core and 9 electives). In addition to the existing Climbing and Elevated Work Platform specialisations, three new specialisations have been included to cover Crane, Environmental and Works Coordinator.
  • Added entry requirements for the Diploma of Arboriculture to provide a foundation of arborist skills and knowledge
  • Advanced Diploma of Arboriculture and Graduate Diploma of Arboriculture have more flexible entry requirements to allow for a broader range of learners
  • Certificate IV proposed for deletion
Summary of consultation

Consultation has taken place with stakeholders across Australia, including representatives from various sub-sectors of the arboriculture industry, along with registered training organisations and Government bodies.

The broader industry was consulted on the draft documents at two different stages – the ‘Drafts Available’ and ‘Validation’ stages. During these stages stakeholders provided feedback via face-to-face or webinar workshops, email, telephone or online surveys, and/or forwarded project information on to their networks.

A summary of feedback and how it has been considered and applied at each stage can be downloaded below.

The arboriculture units of competency, skill sets and qualifications are currently going through the Australian Industry and Skills Committee endorsement process, including further consideration by the State Training Authorities relating to broad policy issues. These issues relate to the use of industry standards in training packages, and this policy approach may affect the proposed update. During development of the skills standards, subject matter experts, industry leaders and employers indicated the importance of training providers using the Minimum Industry Standards (MIS), to work being carried out safely and effectively. The MIS are developed and maintained by Arboriculture Australia, in consultation with industry. Skills Impact is working with the State Training Authorities on the best way of supporting the use of those standards within current policy interpretations.

Arboriculture is an occupation that carries a potential high risk to the safety of workers. It has been acknowledged by all involved in the current considerations that it is important for the updated skills standards to be made available as soon as practicable, so work to resolve these issues is ongoing. A decision is expected before the end of the year.

The final draft documents are available for download below.

Download the Case for Endorsement (Updated Case for Endorsement will be available shortly)

Qualifications

Click here to download a zipped folder of all qualifications.

AHC20519 Certificate II in Arboriculture
AHC30819 Certificate III in Arboriculture
AHC50519 Diploma of Arboriculture
AHC60519 Advanced Diploma of Arboriculture
AHC80119 Graduate Diploma of Arboriculture

AHC41916 Certificate IV in Arboriculture

Skill Sets

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AHCSS00103 Basic Tree Worker Skill Set
AHCSS00104 Introduction To Arboriculture Skill Set
AHCSS00105 Arborist Works Coordinator Skill Set

Units of Competency

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AHCARB211 Apply treatments to trees
AHCARB212 Operate and maintain stump grinding machines
AHCARB213 Perform ground-based rigging
AHCARB214 Recognise trees

AHCARB314 Implement a tree maintenance program
AHCARB315 Inspect trees for access and work
AHCARB316 Perform pruning operations
AHCARB317 Dismantle trees
AHCARB318 Undertake aerial rescue
AHCARB319 Use arborist climbing techniques
AHCARB320 Install tree support systems
AHCARB321 Implement a tree protection program
AHCARB322 Access trees for inspection
AHCARB323 Identify trees

 

NEW – NOT PREVIOUSLY RELEASED

AHCARB324 Use cranes to access and dismantle trees
AHCARB327 Manage trees to create and maintain habitat refuges

AHCARB406 Verify pruning specifications
AHCARB407 Supervise and audit tree operations
AHCARB408 Perform a ground-based tree defect evaluation
AHCARB409 Conduct a safety audit

AHCARB508 Identify, select and specify trees
AHCARB509 Develop an arboricultural impact assessment report
AHCARB510 Specify and audit tree work
AHCARB511 Prepare arborist reports
AHCARB512 Generate tree plans using computer-aided design software
AHCARB513 Examine and assess trees
AHCARB514 Diagnose tree diseases

AHCARB608 Interpret diagnostic test results
AHCARB609 Measure and improve the performance of urban forests
AHCARB610 Provide consultation in a legal framework
AHCARB611 Develop an operational tree management plan
AHCARB612 Review and develop strategic tree policy

AHCARB804 Analyse tree structure and biomechanics
AHCARB805 Perform mycology assays
AHCARB806 Research urban forest performance
AHCARB807 Conduct an entomology research project
AHCARB808 Contextualise diagnostic tests
AHCARB809 Develop an urban forest management framework
AHCARB810 Analayse edaphic interactions of trees and structures

Please use the links below to view the units.

AHCARB209 Assist with aerial rescue from the groundView unit
AHCARB210 Work effectively in the arboriculture industryView unit
AHCARB310 Perform aerial riggingView unit
AHCARB311 Tie, dress, set and finish arborist knotsView unit
AHCARB405 Perform geospatial data collectionView unit

 

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