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:
- Core studies - Four units (400 hours) of compulsory subjects for all students.
- Elective studies - Three stream units for the development of knowledge in arboriculture
- Project - a workplace project of 200hrs relevant to your field of study. The project specifically aims to provide the student with the opportunity to apply and integrate skills and knowledge developed through various areas of formal study. Contact the school for more information.
Totalling 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
There are eight lessons in this module, as follows:
- Introduction To Arboriculture
- Tree Biology
- Soils In Relation To Trees
- Diagnosing Tree Problems
- Tree Surgery
- Pruning Of Trees
- Arboricultural Equipment
- Workplace Health & Safety.
2. Arboriculture II
There are 7 lessons as follows:
- Planting Techniques
- Controlling Plant Problems
- Strengthening Weak Trees
- Controlling Damage Caused by Plants
- Tree Felling & Stump Removal
- Tolerant Plant Species
- Establishing a Tree Plantation
3. Trees for Rehabilitation
There are ten lessons are as follows...
- Approaches To Land Rehabilitation
- Ecology Of Soils And Plant Health
- Introduction To Seed Propagation Techniques
- Propagation And Nursery Stock.
- Dealing With Chemical Problems
- Physical Plant Effects On Degraded Sites
- Plant Establishment Programs
- Hostile Environments
- Plant Establishment Care
- Rehabilitating Degraded Sites
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.
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