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Urban Arboriculture - Tree Care

Credential: Ontario College Certificate Program Code: 01991 Length: 2 semesters

Programs Starting Between:

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses: 
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
    • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above


All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.


Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.


Post-Admission Requirements:

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

  • Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U or equivalent) is recommended
  • field practice sessions take place two days every week even in bad winter weather
  • at least 50 per cent of field time involves tree climbing to heights of 40 feet or more
  • attendance at all classes is mandatory
  • students must dress appropriately for the scheduled activity and prevailing weather
  • most field practice sessions are off-campus locations to which students must arrange their own transportation
  • on a scheduled rotating basis, students are responsible for supervision of field practice sessions and transportation of tools and equipment to job/field practice 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 classes.
Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017NorthWaitlistedClosed
January 2018NorthOpenOpen
September 2018NorthOpenOpen
January 2019NorthOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters was:

  • domestic: $3,895.99
  • international: $14,671.00

Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

$1,200 for study materials, personal protective equipment and small tools. Transportation to and from off-campus work sites, within or in the vicinity of the Greater Toronto Area is the responsibility of the student.


Fees by Semester 


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Future Study Options

Continue to build on your strong foundation. We can help you find your passion at Humber through the many diploma and degree programs available to successful certificate graduates. 

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Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Program Contact(s)

Mark Graves, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4731



International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Our Program

Humber’s Urban Arboriculture – Tree Care certificate program provides an introduction to the arborist trade. You will learn how to work safely and to keep trees healthy under the unique working conditions of the urban landscape. Upon completion, you will have a thorough working knowledge of all aspects of urban tree care including tree climbing, pruning, rigging, aerial rescue, chainsaw maintenance and use, teamwork, and safety.

Our advisory committee regularly reviews our curriculum, ensuring our program is always on the cutting edge of industry developments.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Identify species of trees and woody plants in both summer and winter conditions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of tree biology and soil sciences.
  • Diagnose and remedy major pests, disease, and tree disorders using the latest integrated management options to promote plant health.
  • Identify potentially dangerous on-site conditions, emergencies, hazards and materials.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of pertinent safety and related legislation as they apply to Arboriculture safe workplace practices.
  • Perform safe tree climbing techniques, aerial rescue, rigging, pruning techniques, and tree removal.
  • Safely operate and maintain relevant equipment.
  • Perform appropriate mathematic calculations.
  • Work effectively both independently and as a member of a team.


Work Placement

You will arrange your own paid work experience 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.


The Humber Advantage

students planting trees


Facilities & Equipment

Humber College has some of the best facilities for delivery of this type of education. The Humber Arboretum is a 250 acre botanical garden that surrounds the campus and includes ornamental gardens, woodland gardens, wildlife gardens, and ecologically diverse environments centered on the west branch of the Humber River. The Arboretum serves as 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

There are more than three million trees lining Toronto’s streets and in public parks and ravines, and millions more on private properties. Overall, researchers estimate that an urban tree can save five to ten times more carbon dioxide than a rural tree. 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 for well-trained tree workers. Demand is strong for tree climbers in particular.


Bob Smith Awarded Again

Bob Smith wins award

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

Congratulations Bob!

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