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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Bob Smith, faculty member in Humber's Arborist Apprenticeship program has won another award from the Ontario Parks Association.
Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained in this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.