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Arborist Apprenticeship

Arborist Apprenticeship (2016-2017)

Apprenticeship Info

Program Code



Program Length

Twenty-four-week in-school session
     Basic – twelve-week session
     Advanced – twelve-week session
Both sessions begin in January.

Contact your local Apprenticeship Branch Office of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) for start dates.


Arborist Apprenticeship

Contact Information

Mark Graves, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4731


The 2016/2017 fee for this program is
– basic $650
– advanced $650.
Fees are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

This apprenticeship is regulated by the Ontario College of Trades. Applicants are required to register through their local Apprenticeship Branch Office of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Humber provides the in-school training portion of the Arborist Apprenticeship program. At the completion of your apprenticeship (all levels), you will be qualified to write the Certificate of Qualification exam. Successful completion of the exam means that you will be certified in your chosen occupation.

Recommended Preparation
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
• Grade 12 C or U English or equivalent
• Grade 12 C Mathematics or equivalent

For Peel Region, please contact:
MTCU – Apprenticeship Branch
The Emerald Centre
10 Kingsbridge Garden Circle, Suite 404
Mississauga, ON L5R 3K6
905.279.7333 or 800.736.7332

On June 13, 2016, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Both names may appear on this website.

Additional 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 60 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.

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.

List of Courses

Apprenticeship Info

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 Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

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


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