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Arborist Apprenticeship

Credential: Certificate of AchievementProgram Code: 06131Length: 12 weeksProgram Starting Between:  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following requirements:


  • Academic

    This apprenticeship is regulated by the Ontario College of Trades. You and your employer are required to register through your local Apprenticeship Branch Office of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD).

    You will be scheduled for the in-school portion of training by MAESD. Apprentices who have been scheduled for the in-school training will be sent an Offer of Classroom Training letter from the MAESD.

    For more information, visit ontario.ca/page/start-apprenticeship.

    Required Preparation

    • Grade 12

    For Peel Region, please contact:

    MAESD – Apprenticeship Branch
    The Emerald Centre
    10 Kingsbridge Garden Circle, Suite 404
    Mississauga, ON  L5R 3K6
    905.279.7333 or 800.736.7332
    tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/employmentontario/training 

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Apprenticeship Requirements

Apprentices must understand/accept the following:

  • field practice sessions are two days a week, even under bad weather conditions
  • at least 50 per cent of field time involves tree climbing to heights of 40 feet or more
  • attendance at all classes is mandatory; unauthorized absences may result in expulsion from the program and/or cancellation of apprenticeship
  • apprentices must dress appropriately for scheduled activities and prevailing weather conditions
  • on a scheduled rotating basis, students are responsible for supervision of field practice sessions and transportation of tools and equipment to job sites
  • students must supply their own personal protective equipment (PPE) and small tools. Required PPE and small tools will be discussed during the first week of school.

Note: All students entering this program must have received a tetanus injection or booster shot within the last 10 years.

Fees

  • Level 1 - $650
  • Level 2 - $650.

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

Learn more >

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

TRANSFER OPTIONS

Can't find a pathway? You can still get the credit you deserve from your previous education or your prior work or life experience.

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Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Mark Graves, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4731
mark.graves@humber.ca

Current students please send inquiries to: SATadvising@humber.ca.

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How To Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre >

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Humber’s Arborist Apprenticeship program consists of a twelve-week basic session and a twelve-week advanced session focusing on the planting, maintenance and removal of trees in urban settings. We emphasize safety, teamwork and the development of sound, up-to-date job skills and workplace practices. Your lectures and labs are balanced with a major practical fieldwork component.

Courses

Program Availability

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The Humber Experience

Watch the video to learn more about the Arborist Apprenticeship program from Humber faculty.

The Humber Advantage

Humber offers unique facilities with The Humber Arboretum, a 250 acre botanical garden that surrounds the campus and includes ornamental gardens, woodland gardens, wildlife gardens, and ecologically diverse environments. It provides a unique “living classroom" for plant studies, construction, arboricultural and horticultural skills. Our new construction lab is housed in a weather protected 8000 square foot facility which allows full scale structures such as decks, gazebos, retaining walls and water features. We also have excellent computer labs for teaching our CAD (computer aided design and drafting) courses.

Your Career

By absorbing carbon dioxide, urban trees provide environmental benefits. By providing shade that reduces the need for air conditioning in summer, and by serving as windbreaks that reduce heating needs in winter, properly located and managed trees reduce the demand for carbon-emitting fossil fuels. Overall, researchers estimate that an urban tree can save 5 to 10 times more carbon than a rural tree. You can help make the most of these important environmental assets and find exciting job opportunities in the utility, municipal and commercial tree-care sectors.

Entry level positions usually require strong climbing skills – and after that, how high you climb is based on your skills, strengths and the specific needs of your employer.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Apprentices completing the required in-school training are issued a Certificate of Apprenticeship from Humber College. Upon successful completion of in-school and on-the-job training, apprentices may write the Ontario Certificate of Qualification trade exam.

Additional requirements and/or costs may apply.

Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

Humber Also Offers

Urban Arboriculture – Tree Care certificate program, which provides the same training as the Arborist Apprenticeship program, but does not require the student to be employed in the tree-care industry prior to joining the program.

How to Become an Apprentice

  1. Find an employer who is willing to train you in the field you want to apprentice in. Humber College does not find an employer for you.
  2. Once you find a company that will take you on as an apprentice you must contact The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities who will come to your place of employment and register you as an apprentice.
  3. Sign a contract of apprenticeship or training agreement with your employer and Training Consultant from the Apprenticeship Board of the Ontario government.
  4. Complete on the job training and the required working hours.
  5. Complete in-school training arranged by your Training Consultant at your assigned community college.
  6. Challenge and pass the trade certification exam and receive a grade of at least 70%.
  7. Receive your Certificate of Qualifications and journeyperson status.

Featured Faculty

Bob Smith, faculty member in Humber's Arborist Apprenticeship program has won another award from the Ontario Parks Association.

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On June 29, 2018, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Both names may appear on this website.