Arborist Technician Apprenticeship

The Arboriculture Trade includes three distinct and progressive Certificates of Qualification. The three are; Arborist Technician, Climbing Arborist and Field Arborist.

The Arboriculturist Apprenticeship program is independent from the Landscape and Production Horticulturist programs.

Watch this video ‘Arborist Technician Apprenticeship‘ for a quick summary of the Arborist Technician Apprenticeship Program.

Level One – Arborist Technician

  • Arborist Technician program
  • In-school training for 8 weeks
  • Require 1,600 workplace hours with confirmation of hours by your employer
  • Entry level training where the worker is primarily on the ground and within 3 meters of the ground on ladders
  • An Arborist Technician;
    • prunes and performs other work on trees from the ground
    • identify plants, and select rigging gear
    • have knowledge on how to fall, limb and buck trees, assist climbers, chip brush, cut wood and clean-up sites after tree care operations
  • This will result in a Certificate of Qualification and a Certificate of Apprenticeship as an Arborist Technician.

Steps to become an Arborist Technician Apprentice

  • You must have a Sponsor who is either a Certified Tradesperson or has Sign-Off Authority and has registered with the ITA.  Click here for Sponsor information. can be your sponsor for the school duration if you do not have employment in the field.  Contact – [email protected]
  • Complete the Apprenticeship and Sponsor Registration Form with your sponsor and email, mail, or fax to ITA (contact info is on the form).
  • Register with your chosen training institution.  Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Langley offers the program.
  • Track your hours along with your employer by filling out the Work-Based Training Report
  • Read the Apprentice/Trainee Guide and the 6 Steps to Success guide provided by ITA
  • Remember that you may be eligible for tax credits starting at $1000 per completed level.
  • After completing level 1 & logging 1,600 hours, your ‘Recommend for Certification’ form must be signed by your sponsor. This form is provided by ITA upon completion of training and work based hours.
  • Contact ITA Customer Service for any assistance

What does it cost?

These costs are based on the Kwantlen Polytechnic University program and are subject to change.

  • A $10 non-refundable Apprentice Evaluation fee will be charged for each registration
  • Tuition Fees – Winter 2016 fees are $2100 for 8 week session (not including additional student fees)
  • Required Texts – Approximately $500 for Level One – Arborist Technician
  • For a list of textbooks view the Program Outline, and go to page 77
  • Additional Costs – Field trips, CSA safety footwear, rain gear, accommodations, basic school supplies and study materials.
  • Employment Insurance Eligibility – You may be eligible to collect Employment Insurance benefits during you school session, and additional benefits such as travel or lodging allowance. Contact your local Human Resources and Skills Development Center at