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Urban Arboriculture - Tree Care

Urban Arboriculture - Tree Care (2016-2017)

How to Apply

Program Code



Program Length

Two semesters, each beginning in January and September (12 weeks each)


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Contact Information

Mark Graves, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4731


The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $3,917.19
– international $14,200.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

$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 not included in these costs and is the responsibility of the student.


Start DatesAvailability
2016 JanuaryClosed
2016 SeptemberOpen
2017 JanuaryOpen

Admission Requirements

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
• Mature student status
• College or university transfer status

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

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated.

Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Additional 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)
– 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 60 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 buy the required personal protective equipment (PPE) and small tools. Required PPE and small tools will be discussed during the first week of classes.

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.

List of Courses

How to Apply

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.

Work Placement

You will arrange your own paid work placement, which takes place between April and December. The school provides a range of support services, including maintaining a job board and working with business, industry and government to identify employment opportunities.

Alternative Course of Study

Humber also offers the Arborist Apprenticeship certificate program 06131, which provides the same training, but the student must be employed in the tree care industry prior to joining the program and while in the program.


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