2014/15 Program

Urban Arboriculture - Tree Care

Our Program

This 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. On 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 provides regular review and input of our curriculum ensuring our program is always on the cutting edge of industry developments.

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 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

Students arrange their 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.

Admission Requirements
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
  • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). • If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U) is strongly recommended
  • Two Grade 11 or Grade 12C, U or M courses in addition to those listed above
  • Applicants who do not possess the required courses may complete admission testing to determine equivalencies. Invitation and booking of admission testing is done using the email address provided on the online application
  • Proficiency with word processing and spreadsheet applications is required. Students who lack the requisite computer skills will be required to take a computer course at their own expense. Students must have acquired these computer skills before the beginning of second semester

Note: For further information, refer to the Selection Procedures section in this publication.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. 

Additional Requirements

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

  • ​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. Total estimated cost is $1,200.

The 2014/2015 fee for two semesters is
• domestic $3,694.56
• international $13,900.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2014/2015 academic year.
Fees are subject to change. For further information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

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

Alternative Course of Study

Humber also offers the Arborist Apprenticeship certificate program, 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.


Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
TREE 130 Arborist Practices 1
TREE 131 Arborist Workplace Health and Safety
TREE 132 Arboricultural Science 1
TREE 133 Arborist Hand Tools
TREE 134 Arborist Theory 1
TREE 135 Arborist Tree Identification 1
TREE 137 Arborist Equipment 1

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
TREE 330 Arborist Theory 2
TREE 331 Arborist Tree Identification 2
TREE 332 Arboricultural Science 2
TREE 333 Arborist Plant Care: Pest Management
TREE 338 Arborist Practices 2
TREE 339 Arborist Crane-Assisted Rigging
TREE 340 Equipment
TREE 341 Arborist Calculations