“Money grows on trees for arboriculture employers and their workers”

Government is supporting employers and their workers with financial incentives and training subsidies to address the arborist skill shortage.

THE PROBLEM – Arborist skills shortage THE SOLUTION – grow our own Arborists
  • The Department of Jobs and Small Business, Historical List of Skill Shortages Australia show that shortages for arborists have been evident continuously since 2005 and employers face considerable difficulties filling their vacancies.
  • Under the Australian Apprenticeship Incentive Program2 an employee undertaking a AHC30816 Certificate III in Arboriculture as a traineeship may be eligible to attract the following incentives and personal benefits:

Employer incentives

  • Commencement plus Completion Incentives totalling up to $40002
  • Support for Adult Apprentices 21 years and over $40002
  • Rural and Regional Skills Shortage Incentive $10002

Trainee benefits

  • Trade Support Loans: Apprentices and trainees working in skills need areas (including as an Arborist) may be eligible for an interest free loan to help them cover the costs of living and learning. Annual loan limits apply from $8,168 to $2,042 per year. Eligible trainees may apply (opt-in) for regular instalments according to their needs and as an additional incentive, trainees get a 20 per cent discount on their loan when they successfully complete their traineeship. The loan is then repayable via the tax system once the trainee is earning a sustainable income.

Government subsided training

  • Arbortrim Australia offers government subsidised training in the AHC30816 Certificate III in Arboriculture for eligible trainees4. This government support significantly reduces the cost of investing in training unqualified staff to become safer and more productive workers.

Find out more about government support to grow your business contact us today on 1300 366 015

  • Contact Rob Buick to find out how you can benefit from the range of financial support available to train your workers.
  • Enrol your unqualified workers now to begin their AHC30816 Certificate III in Arboriculture in June 2018.

AHC30816 - Certificate III in Arboriculture

Become a qualified Arborist, find out more.

Our AHC30816 – Certificate III in Arboriculture course
provides you with the most up-to-date techniques using highly specialised equipment to support you to develop your skills and gain your nationally recognised trade qualification.


1 – Department of Jobs and Small Business – Occupational Report for Arborist in Australia, September 2017

2 – Eligibility criteria applies and will be confirmed by your Australian Apprenticeships Centre prior to enrolment. A Summary of the Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program can be found at the following link: https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/publications/summary-australian-government-australian-apprenticeships-incentives-programme

3 – Eligibility criteria applies. Further information can be found at the following link: https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/sites/ausapps/files/publication-documents/ed17-0214_-_sk_-tsl_at_a_glance_acc_1.pdf

4 – This training may be delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding through the Skills First Program for eligible individuals who complete this program as part of a traineeship. Commencing this course may impact your future entitlement to receive government subsidised training. Individuals with disabilities and/or special needs are encouraged to apply.

robert-buickFor information about fees, government funding and next course intake, contact Rob Buick on:

0401 623 301

VIC – Enrol now!

or email rob.buick@arbortrim.com.au

AHC30816 – Certificate III in Arboriculture

  • Tree identification
  • Arborist knots & rigging
  • Tree inspection
  • Pruning operations
  • Chainsaw & pole saw
  • First aid
  • Electrical safety
  • Aerial rescue
  • Elevated work platform
  • Tree felling

Course Duration

18 – 24 months.

Enrol Now

For information about fees, government funding and next course intake, contact Rob Buick on:
1300 366 015

Entry Requirements

To be selected for entry into AHC30816 Certificate III in Arboriculture, applicants are required to complete a suitability review, a task participation and medical checklist and a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) evaluation, prior to enrolment. Applicants must also be currently employed within the arboriculture industry and be able to demonstrate either:

  • The completion of AHC20516 Certificate II in Arboriculture or equivalent; or
  • A minimum of 12 months’ relevant industry experience

As this qualification includes a Licence to Perform High Risk Work (EWP), the applicant must also be over 18 years of age and hold current government issued photo identification.