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Urban Arboriculture

Tree Care
School of Applied Technology
Application Program Code 01991
Humber North Campus
Two semesters, beginning in January

Your Career

There are more than three-million trees lining Toronto's streets and in public parks and ravines and millions more tree grow on private property. Help maintain a healthy, sustainable urban forest ecosystem working for municipalities, provincial and federal governments and public utilities. Tree care contractors and other private sector employers are also looking well-trained tree workers. Demand is strong for tree climbers in particular.

Our Program

This program is in direct response to industry demand for knowledgeable, reliable workers. You will learn how to keep yourself safe and trees healthy under the unique conditions of the urban landscape. On completion of this program, students will have a thorough working knowledge of all aspects of urban tree care, including tree climbing, pruning, rigging, aerial rescue, teamwork and safety.

Refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at for up-to-date information.

Work Placement

Students arrange their own paid work placement, which takes place between April and December. The school provides a range of support services, including working with business, industry and government to identify employment opportunities.

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
  • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). If English is not your first language refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy in this publication.
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U) is strongly recommended
  • Two Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, U or M courses in addition to those listed above
  • Applicants who do not possess the required courses may complete admission testing to determine equivalencies. Invitation and booking of admission testing is done using the e-mail address provided on the online application.
  • Applicants are required to attend an interview and climbing aptitude test
  • Proficiency with word processing and spreadsheet applications is required. Students who lack the requisite computer skills will be required to take a computer course at their own expense. Students must have acquired these computer skills before the beginning of second semester.

Note: Refer to the Selection Procedures for more information

Additional Requirements

Before participating in this program, students must fully understand the following:

Note: All students entering this program must have received a tetanus injection or booster shot within the last ten years.


The 2009/2010 fee for two semesters is
- domestic $3,052.70
- international $11,730.

For further information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance in this publication.

Additional Costs

$1,200 for textbooks, study materials, personal safety apparel, small tools. Transportation to and from off-campus work sites within the Greater Toronto Area.

Note: Costs are not reimbursed.

Curriculum - Urban Arboriculture

Semester 1 (25 hours/week) Credits
TREE 130 Arborist Practices 1 10
TREE 131 Arborist Workplace Health and Safety 1 3
TREE 132 Arboriculture Science 1 2
TREE 133 Arborist Hand Tools 3
TREE 134 Arborist Theory 1 3
TREE 135 Arborist Tree Identification 1 2
TREE 136 Arboriculture Calculations 1
TREE 137 Arborist Equipment 1
Paid Work Placement
Semester 2 (26 hours/week) Credits
TREE 330 Arborist Theory 2 3
TREE 331 Arborist Tree Identification 2 2
TREE 332 Arboriculture Science 2 2
TREE 333 Arborist Plant Care - Pest Management 3
TREE 338 Arborist Practices 2 10
TREE 339 Arborist Crane-Assisted Rigging 2
TREE 340 Equipment 2 3
TREE 341 Arborist Calculations 1

Alternative Course of Study

Humber also offers the Arborist Apprenticeship certificate program.

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