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Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) and Australian Training Programs

There are many people working in the tree care industry. Unfortunately, too many of them have little or no training and therefore recommend and carry out bad tree work. Often these people will refer to themselves as arborist when in fact they are just 'tree loppers' with no understanding of what their uneducated practices or advice to tree owners causes in the short and long term.

It is important that anyone seeking advice on trees should only engage a AQF Level 5 qualified Arborists to provide consultations.  Further if you are engaging a arborist to conduct tree maintenance or pruning works, please ensure they have a minimum AQF Level 3 qualification in Arboriculture.

Arboriculture Australia™ offers a free online service where government agencies and private companies or property owners can access a list of qualified arborists who have the appropriate Australian qualification to undertake the required tasks.  All arborists who are on the professional Arboriculture Australia™ register have the correct insurance to provide adequate coverage.

The arborists listed on the the Arboriculture Australia™ Professional Members register also have to obtain annual Continual Education Units (CEU) to ensure the arborists are keeping up to date with the latest best practices and plant health knowledge. 

If you cannot find a AQF qualified arborist in your area, please contact our adminstration office.

You should ask questions before employing any person, to work on your trees. Ask for references, proof of qualifications and insurance.

What is an qualified arborist?

An arborist is a specialist in the care and management of individual trees.

Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care.

Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability.

Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, is dangerous work. Tree work should only be done by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.

What is the difference between an Arboriculture Australia™ Arborist, and just a self proclaimed or certified arborist?

Numerous qualifications and qualification levels exist. Once completed no on-going commitment is required to keep that qualification but Arboriculture Australia™ and require arborists to continue their education annually and submit evidence.

Arboriculture Australia™ members who are qualified are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through at least three years of experience and have passed a comprehensive examination of both theory and practical.

They are also required to continue their education in order to state their qualification is current, ensuring their knowledge is updated with the latest Arboriculture techniques.  To find qualified arborists who are continuing their education please go to Arboriculture Australia™ Registered Consulting and Practicing Arborist register.

Arboriculture Australia™ is a non-governmental voluntary process that operates without mandate of law. It is an internal self-regulating device administered by the Arboriculture Australia™ and therefore, cannot guarantee or assure the quality of performance.

Arboriculture Australia™ Australia Qualification Framework provides a assessment of an individual’s knowledge and competence required to provide proper tree care.

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We have created a online directory for Australian Consulting and Practicing Arborists, please click the link below to view and search the directory.

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