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Arborist Apprenticeship

Credential: Certificate of Achievement Program Code: 06131 Length: 12 weeks

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Our Program

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.


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

While all trees absorb carbon dioxide – one of the gases linked to global warming – urban trees provide more environmental benefits than rural trees. By providing shade that reduces the need for air conditioning in summer, and by serving as windbreaks that reduces 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 and 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 the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the 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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