Arborist – ANZSCO 362511

Arborists provide specialist assessment and advice on individual trees and tree management in urban environments, including risk assessment, species selection and site planning. Works with allied professionals such as Urban and Regional Planners, Landscape Architects and Environmental Consultants to provide strategic planning for urban forest preservation, protection, and management.
Skill Level
Alternative Titles
  • Arboriculturist
  • Urban Forester

Skills Assessment Requirement

Unless you are exempt in very limited circumstances, you are required to have a positive Skills Assessment to apply for the visas listed above.

Skills Assessment authority for Arborist is Trades Recognition Australia (TRA). To have a positive skills assessment, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Three Programs for skills assessment with TRA.
    • Program A-  Offshore Skills Assessment (OSAP)
      • If your passport is on this OSAP Nominated Occupation and Country list next to your occupation (Arborist) you must apply through OSAP. If your passport is not on this list, apply through Program B or C.
      • OSAP Pathway 1– for applicants who do not hold an Australian qualification in their trade but hold a qualification which is equivalent to an AQF cert
      • OSAP Pathway 2 –  for applicants who hold:
        • a relevant Australian qualification, or
        • a current identified Australian occupational licence
      • To be eligible to apply for the skills assessment program, you must be able to show you have completed full-time paid employment in your nominated occupation, or an occupation that is directly related to your nominated occupation  To view the employment standards click here.
    • Program B Migration Skills Assessment
      • You must have a qualification directly related to your nominated occupation (i.e. Certificate III in Arboriculture) or at least 3 years of relevant experience
      • If you have obtained a qualification internationally or an Australian qualification that was not through the Australian Recognition of Learning process, you are required to demonstrate 3 years full time or equivalent post-qualification experience
      • If you have obtained an Australian qualification issued through the Australian Recognition of Learning process, you are required to demonstrate 3 years full-time or equivalent post-qualification experience OR 6 years full-time or equivalent experience which can be either pre- or post-qualification
    • Pathway B- Temporary Skills Shortage Skills Assessment

Did you know?

As part of the OSAP program you will be required to participate in a technical assessment of your skills and knowledge. This will be conducted by a qualified assessor who will also be a qualified tradesperson in your nominated occupation.

Potential Visa Pathways for Arborist

ANZSCOOccupationSkills Assessment189190485 491 (State)491 (Family)186 (Direct)407 (Training)494 (regional Sponsored)482 (TSS Short Term)
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Group: 3625 Aboriculture 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.
  • 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
Skill Level
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)
Occupations in this Group
  • 362511 Arborist
  • 362512 Tree Worker

Subclass 190 visa– Skilled Nominated Visa & Subclass 491 visa – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

To apply for visa subclass 190 and visa subclass 491, you need to have a nomination from the state/territory government where you want to live and work. Each State and Territory have individual requirements that must be met in order to receive nomination. (See below)

While the 190 visa is a permanent visa, subclass 491 visa gives you right to live and work in regional Australia for 5 years with a pathway to permanent residency through the subclass 191 visa.

Another difference between the 190 and 491 visa is that you can only apply for visa subclass 491 if you are living and working in regional areas in Australia, while it is not a requirement if you are applying for the 190 visa.

In summary, to be eligible for 190 visa, you need to meet the following criteria:

Immigration Points

Must score at least 65 points, or higher points if the state or territory requires.


Must have at least Competent English, i.e., IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, or higher if the state or territory requires.


Must be under 45 years of age.

be invited

Must lodge an EOI and be invited by the state or territory and then apply for the visa.

Skills assessment

Must have positive skills assessment. Each occupation has a specific assessing authority.


Must meet health and character requirements.

To check if the state/ territory government requirements for your occupation, refer to the following links

State/ Territory
Links to requirements
New South Wales
South Australia
Western Australia
Northern Territory
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

407  Training Visa

The 407 visa a short stay visa for individuals to participate in occupational training or professional development in Australia. This visa is generally valid to stay in Australia for 2 years. Please note this visa is subject to condition 8102 which forbids work apart from the training that is specified in the visa application. You are also required to maintain health insurance whilst in Australia.

To be eligible for visa 407, you need to meet the following criteria:


You must prove that you genuinely stay in Australia for training and will depart when you complete the training.

English Level

Must have Functional English, i.e. IELTS overall 4.5 with no band less than 4, or equivalent.


Must be over 18 years old.

Be Sponsored

You must be sponsored by an approved temporary activities sponsor – Can be an employer or a commonwealth agency

Health and Character

Must meet health and character requirements.

Subclass 494 visa – Skilled Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa

You can apply for subclass 494 if you have a regional employer who is willing to sponsor you. To be eligible for this visa, you must have at least 3 years of working experience in your nominated occupation and have a relevant skills assessment. With this visa, there is a requirement that you must work for the employer who is sponsoring you.

This visa provides pathway to permanent residency through the 191 visa.


At least 3 years full-time work experience in the nominated occupation.


Must have at least Competent English, i.e., IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.


Must be under 45 years of age, unless exempt.

Be Sponsored

Must be sponsored by an Australian regional employer.

Subclass 482 visa – Temporary Skill Shortage (Short Term)

The Subclass 482 visa is a Temporary Skill Shortage visa that requires a sponsorship from an Australian employer. The TSS short term stream visa allows to your live and work in Australia for up to 2 years each time you are granted this visa. You may apply for two 482 visas in the short stream onshore and subsequent ones offshore, as long as the employer is willing to sponsor you. The TSS 482 short term stream does not have a path to permanent residency throught the 186 visa.

English Level

Must have IELTS atleast 5.0 with no band less than 4.5.


There is no age requirement for this visa.

Health and Character

Must meet health and character requirements.

Tasks Include:

  • Prunes trees and hedges, and installs plant support and protection devices.
  • Examines trees to asses their condition and determine treatment.
  • Lops limbs off trees and shapes branches using chain or handsaws.
  • Sprays and dusts plants and trees to control insects and disease, and fells diseased trees.

Job Outlook

  • $1,078

    Weekly Earnings

  • 82%

    Work full time hours

  • Strong

    Growth expected in the next 5 years

  • 3% female

    Gender share

  • 44 hours

    Average full-time

  • Medium skill

    Skill level rating

Book a consultation with our Registered Migration Agents in Melbourne to find out more about your visa options and your path to Australian permanent residency or applying for citizenship.

Study Pathway for Arborist

The Certificate III in Arboriculture is Australia’s trade qualification for tree work and it supports employers and their staff to be compliant with regulations and also to be competitive with other tree services.

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.

  • Duration: 18-24 months
  • Cost: Approx AUD  $5807 per year for international students

There are no prerequisites for the Certificate III in Arboriculture. It is available through direct entry.

However, it is preferred that students:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Have successfully completed at least Australian high school year 10 (or equivalent)
  • Have sound Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills (Note: Applicants who do not hold a minimum qualification of Certificate II or above from an Australian institution will be required to complete an LLN assessment where their language, literacy, and numeracy skills will be reviewed with writing tests and face to face interviews.)
  • Have access to a workplace that contains trees, such as: parks, residential, commercial or industrial properties, road reserves or other installations containing trees
  • Posses at least a moderate level of fitness (students will have to demonstrate an extended duration of physical exertion)
  • Diploma of Aboriculture