Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Discuss the biological functioning of trees and how they benefit the environment;
  • Develop urban tree management plans based around the application of technical knowledge;
  • Demonstrate high levels of communication and problem solving skills in their approach to tree management and planning;
  • Discuss issues of sustainability when managing trees in urban environments, including environmental, social and community and economic factors;
  • Analyse and discuss appropriate occupational health and safety policies for urban tree management.

Course Description

The Graduate Certificate in Arboriculture is a 4 subject (50 point) graduate award of the University of Melbourne, designed for professionals currently managing, or planning to learn how to manage, urban trees.

The course investigates a wide range of tree management issues and emphasizes the need to promote a strategic approach to tree management and the contribution trees can make to urban life. It aims to increase understanding of current issues in urban tree management through studies in growth and function, identification and selection, pests and diseases and environmental stresses including planning in a changing climate. Writing management plans for urban trees is developed throughout the course.

At the completion of this course participants are expected to be able to conduct tree risk assessments and have the ability to be engaged as an expert witness for local government or consumer and trade tribunal proceedings.

Career outcomes 

As a graduate, you may find a rewarding career in:

  • Environmental consultancy
  • Private contractor
  • Conservation
  • Government institutions

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