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Alternative Title:

  • Tree Surgeon

Maintains and cares for individual trees and shrubs in urban environments by pruning and shaping branches, treating for pests and disease, removing dead or decaying trees, and advising on general tree care. Often employs specialist skills including aerial access of the tree using rope access or elevated work platforms.

Skill Level: 3


  • Tree Worker

Unit Group 3625: Arboriculture Workers

Arboriculture Workers maintain and care for individual trees and shrubs and provide specialist assessment and advice on trees and tree management in urban environments.

Indicative Skill Level:

The occupation Arborist has a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

The occupation Tree Worker has a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • advising on species selection, site planning and overall tree management and care
  • examining individual trees to assess their condition, potential risks associated with limbs or trees falling, and determine treatment
  • climbing trees using ropes and harnesses and elevated work platforms to reach limbs and branches
  • maintaining and caring for trees and shrubs by pruning limbs and shaping branches using chain and handsaws
  • removing dead and decaying trees, and grinding out tree stumps
  • clearing trees from overhead electricity and telecommunications lines

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