Learn to be an Arborist with this distance education course:
- Learn the horticultural skills needed to identify and manage trees
- Learn the management skills needed to manage an arboricultural enterprise
- Get a job, start a business or further your career prospects in the Arboricultural Industry
The arboriculture industry is concerned with the culture of trees - from selection and planting to all of the many tasks involved in facilitating growth and good health. This course builds both skills in management and arboriculture, and is designed to provide a sound foundation to support a career at a supervisory or management level in industry sectors including parks and gardens, residential or commercial tree maintenance/management, land rehabilitation, forestry, etc.
Accredited by International Accreditation and Recognition Council
Note that each module in the ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN APPLIED MANAGEMENT (ARBORICULTURE) VBS001 is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.
Distinguish between plants in order to identify at least 50 trees.
Develop a standard tree report form, customised for surveying the condition and use of trees in your locality.
Explain how to treat three specified soil related problems that can effect trees.
Develop a twelve month program, for managing a health problem detected by you in an established tree.
Demonstrate bridge grafting across a bark wound.
Distinguish between different methods of pruning including: -Canopy reduction Cleaning out -Topiary -Espaliering
Determine the minimum equipment required to commence business as a tree surgeon.
Compare three different chainsaws, to determine appropriate applications for each.
Determine legislation which is relevant to a specific arborist in a workplace which you visit.
Explain how to plant a specified advanced-sized tree on a specific site.
Explain tree injection, including the technique and applications.
Identify situations where trees require strengthening operations to be carried out.
Compare different ways to control roots which invade underground pipes.
Calculate the cost of removing a specified tree.
Determine appropriate tree species suited to a specific site visited and analysed.
Devise a method for removing a tree, including tree felling and stump removal.
Analyse specimens of mature trees, each of different genera, to detect any patterns in problems occurring in those trees.
Develop criteria for the establishment of a tree plantation on a specific site which addresses; site restrictions, cost and function.
Compare different approaches to land rehabilitation, to determine strengths and weaknesses of alternative options on a site to be rehabilitated.
Determine techniques to maximise plant development in land rehabilitation situations.
Explain the different ways of producing seedling trees for land rehabilitation purposes.
Determine appropriate plant establishment programs.
Develop procedures to care for plants, during establishment in a hostile environment.
Manage the rehabilitation of degraded soil.
Explain the effect of plants on improving a degraded site, both physically and chemically.
This course is comprised of:
Totaling 400 hours. All four of these modules must be studied and passed.
1. Office Practices
Develops basic office skills covering use of equipment, communication systems (telephone, fax, etc) and office procedures such as filing, security, workplace organisations, etc.
2. Business Operations
Develops knowledge of basic business operations and procedures (eg. types of businesses, financial management, business analysis, staffing, productivity, etc) and the skills to develop a 12 month business plan.
Develops knowledge of management structures, terminology, supervision, recruitment and workplace health and safety.
4. Marketing Foundations
Develops a broad understanding of marketing and specific skills in writing advertisements, undertaking market research, developing an appropriate marketing plan and selling.
1. Arboriculture I
2. Arboriculture II
3. Trees for Rehabilitation
4. Workplace Projects
The term "Workplace Project" is often used to embrace any type of learning experience that is real world oriented.
A. Attending industry meetings (conferences, seminars, study tours, committee meetings, etc.).
B. Work experience (paid or voluntary).
C. Attending workshops run by another institution, or supervised by a professional person working the student through our "workshop curriculum documents".
D. Undertaking any of the following modules: Workshop I, II, III or Research Project I, II, III or IV. (These are modules with Subject Guides that take you through well structured, very practical projects.) See http://www.acs.edu.au/courses/Practicals-and-Workshops-courses.aspx and http://www.acs.edu.au/courses/Research-courses.aspx.
E. Undertaking, where appropriate, other PBL (Problem Based Learning) modules.
What is Involved in Pruning Large Trees?
Tree pruning is an important aspect of arboriculture. Pruning involves the selective removal of plant material – usually branches in the case of tree surgery. Different types of pruning are used at different times in a tree’s life. Formative pruning is used to shape young plants so that they will grow into healthy, attractive and sound trees. As a tree matures, other types of pruning operations are needed to preserve its health and stability. These operations include branch removal, crown cleaning, crown thinning, crown reduction, crown lifting and crown renewal.
It is also important for arborists to know how to remove a tree safely. Removal of trees should always be viewed as a last resort; however this may sometimes be necessary to prevent trees falling onto houses, cars or causing other dangerous situations.
Tree pruning and tree removal are dangerous operations. We provide the following information as a broad guide to these important arboriculture techniques. However, it is essential to gain first-hand practical experience under the supervision of an expert arborist and to follow all recommended safety measures when carrying out dangerous tree work.
Sometimes branches need to be removed or repaired for the following reasons:
If the ground below is free of obstructions, lightweight branches or branch sections can simply be thrown down. For heavier branches or if obstructions prevent clear throwing, ropes are used to lower the cut limbs. This involves passing a strong lowering rope through an anchoring point and then tying the rope to the branch that is to be removed. Ground staff then wraps the rope around the trunk to create friction, which allows the branch to be lowered in a controlled manner.
Dead, damaged, diseased or crowded branches are removed to improve the tree’s appearance and growth. Untidy or nuisance growth such as invasive climbers or messy fruits may also be removed
This involves reducing the density of branches and stems without reducing the overall height or width of the tree. Thinning the crow improves air circulation (and reduces the incidence of disease) and allows more light into the tree and onto the ground below.
Crown thinning is usually carried out on mature deciduous trees; it may also be used to compensate for root loss or root damage on newly-transplanted trees or following excavations. Generally the crown is reduced by a maximum of 25%. Excessive thinning can result in sunburn and stimulation of weak, epicormic shoots. It can also lead to an overall decline in the tree’s vigour.
This involves cutting back branches to reduce the tree’s size (ie. reducing its height and/or canopy spread). It is usually carried out because the tree has become too large its position.
Branches are cut back to growing points (laterals) so that the overall shape and vigour is maintained. They are not lopped back to the trunk – re-growth from these cuts is usually weak, overcrowded and unattractive.
This involves pruning the lower limbs so that the height of the crown in raised, allowing better access and light penetration below.
Ideally lower branches are removed while the tree is still growing, reducing the need for large, potentially disfiguring cuts.
This involves renewing a damaged or severely lopped crown. It is carried out to improve the tree’s appearance and vigour.
Crown renewal is generally a long-term process, often taking several years of corrective pruning and crown thinning before the desired shape is realised.
HOW WILL STUDY GET YOU WORK?
Knowledge is More Important than Qualifications
Knowledge is the most important aspect of arboriculture – qualifications come second. However to work in this industry it is advisable that you have a qualification – it shows that you are serious about your chosen industry and that you are willing to take the right steps to work in the industry and also to keep working within it.
Choosing the right course
Choosing the right course is an important decision for any student, no matter what area of horticulture they are studying for or working within. A course should give you more than just facts, it should enable you to gather information but it should also be structured in such a way that you can recall this information even years later. Not all courses do this – especially those that concentrate on competency based learning. Our courses (like many universities) are based on Problem Based Learning – this encourages students to develop problem solving skills and has been found to be the best way to not only gather information but also to be able to retain and recall it. It is not learning by rote!
Our courses have been written by people with years and years of industry experience – they know what you need to know, they also know what the industry wants and also how to encourage and help you to gather those important skills and fundamental knowledge.
Consider Yourself A Professional
Arboriculture, a branch of horticulture, is a specialised field – it is not just a matter of cutting down trees! It is the care and maintenance of trees i.e. tree surgery, tree selection, planting cultivation and production – lopping trees is a last resort.
Safety is also an incredibly important part of arboriculture – it is a high risk industry. Arborists are professionals in their field – if you have a professional attitude towards arboriculture and demonstrate this in interviews then you are more likely to get a job in the field. A professional attitude means that you show prospective employers that you have a sound understanding of the industry, a sound understanding of what arboriculture entails and a professional approach to work.
There is Competition out there
Like any other industry don’t forget that there are many other people competing for the same job – some may have higher qualifications, but if you can confidently prove your skills and knowledge and also have a qualification to back them up - then you will stand out from the crowd.
What Other Skills Should You Have?
- To communicate effectively and efficiently: verbally, in writing and face to face interactions with co-workers, employees and clients.
- Computer skills – today irrelevant of your field of work, it pays to be able to have good IT skills: email, to write up contracts, or send invoices, to keep your tax records or just to inform your clients when you are able to do the work.
- Problem solving skills – this is where we can help you our courses are written around developing problem solving skills so sought after by employers but also important if you are running your own business. Problem solving skills means you can work through all types of situations in a systematic and detailed way.
- Efficiency – this doesn’t mean you have to do things quickly you just need know the best way to approach work. Developing problem solving skills can also help you to be efficient at whatever task you undertake because you are able to look at the situation from several angles and choose the best approach. This is especially important in arboriculture as it is a high risk industry that requires careful planning and thought.
- Know your industry: know who you are competing with, what the industry rates are for the work you are doing, understand the skills required for the work you are undertaking or going to undertake.
- Be passionate about your work – passionate people who can also drive themselves forward, are the most successful in their work. There is a difference between having a ‘passion’ and being a ‘dreamer’ though – dreamers unless they also have tremendous drive rarely do well or stick at anything for long.
- Presentation – always present yourself in the best possible light – that may not mean wearing your ‘Sunday best’ when you are a gardener, but it will mean having a professional approach, being respectful and listening to your clients’ needs or to those of your employer or potential employer. Asking lots of questions and using appropriate language.