Training & Workshops

Do you have a workshop you are interested in attending in 2016?

Please email admin@qaa.net.au so we can make this happen.


The popular Graduate Certificate in Arboriculture is continuing at the University of Melbourne Burnley Campus in 2016. In terms of AQF levels the Graduate Certificate is Level 8, between a Bachelor Degree (Level 7) and a Masters Degree (Level 9). You must complete all 4 subjects to get the Graduate Certificate in Arboriculture qualification. The course is part time, and most students complete the course in 2 years. The subjects can be done in any order. The cost per subject is approximately $3200. On completion of the Graduate Certificate in Arboriculture you can gain entry into the Master of Urban Horticulture and you may get credit for the four GCA subjects in the MUH, depending on your prior studies.

Entry requirements are as follows;

Subject delivery for this year is as follows;

Urban tree growth and function - Monday February 15 – Saturday February 20, 2016, (intensive) 9am – 5pm
Environmental stresses such as drought, extreme heat and severe wind events are increasing in their severity in urban environments. This subject aims to help students understand how and why urban trees are vulnerable to such stresses. Urban tree biology and function is constantly compromised through human intervention. This subject aims to help student to understand the structure and function that underpins tree biology and its importance for urban tree managers. Tree stress adaption mechanisms will be investigated from a cellular to a whole tree level. The subject will be delivered through attendance at a six day intensive workshop and participation in a twelve week on-line component following the workshop.

Managing urban trees – Monday July 11 – Saturday July 16, 2016, (intensive) 9am – 5pm
This subject aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the care and management of trees in the urban forest. The content will include methods of tree assessment and evaluation, tree protection strategies, planning and management issues and case-studies; including surveys, location mapping, inventories and tree protection strategies. The subject will be delivered through attendance at a six day intensive workshop and participation in a twelve week on-line component following the workshop.

Tree identification and selection – Monday September 26 – Saturday October 1, 2016, (intensive) 9am – 5pm
This subject aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the tree selection and tree identification principles. Students should be able to recognise trees commonly used in landscape horticulture and correctly write their botanical, common and family names and describe tree form and tolerances. They should be able to write plant names in accordance with the ICBN (International Code of Botanical Nomenclature) and the ICNCP (International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants). The subject will be delivered through attendance at a six day intensive workshop and participation in a twelve week on-line component following the workshop.

Urban tree health - Monday November 28 – Saturday December 3, 2016, (intensive) 9am – 5pm
This subject aims to provide students with an understanding of the impact of the invasion of trees by pests and other parasitic organisms in urban environments. Students will gain an understanding of the identification of common pest and disease species; understand the symptoms displayed and how to manage the pests and diseases of trees. They will gain an understanding of integrated pest control concepts, pest control measures and the fate of chemicals in the environment and integrated pest management. The subject will be delivered through attendance at a six day intensive workshop and participation in a twelve week on-line component following the workshop.

More detail and application process: http://courses.science.unimelb.edu.au/study/degrees/graduate-certificate-in-arboriculture/overview

And/or contact the academic coordinator: denisej@unimelb.edu.au