Person in snowy woods cutting a stump with a chainsaw

Arborist Apprenticeship

Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and use of sophisticated climbing and rigging techniques to provide proper care.

Arborists typically:

  • Care for and maintain trees to enhance and add value to property and reduce liability. 
  • Use sophisticated climbing and rigging techniques to prune or remove trees with an emphasis on safety.
  • Ascend trees, cut away dead or excess branches, and lower them to the ground.
  • Spray trees and shrubs to prevent common pests and diseases.
Work Conditions

Arborists work outdoors in all kinds of weather. The work is physically demanding and requires dangerous equipment such as chainsaws. Moreover, the work is often performed at heights, so arborists use fall-protection gear in addition to personal protective equipment.

Arborists strongly emphasize safety measures, because their duties have led to an occupational injury rate that is above the national average.

  • 3-year program
  • 6,440 hours of on-the-job learning
  • 440 hours of paid related instruction (designed for distance education)
  • Additional related instruction may be required
Application Requirements

To qualify for this apprenticeship opportunity, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Age: 18 or older
Education: High school diploma or equivalent
Physical Ability: Must be physically able to perform the work with reasonable accommodations
License: Must have valid driver's license 
Application: Apply directly to the sponsor

Get Started

If you meet the application requirements listed above, do the following to get started:

  1. Obtain direct employment through a company that operates an apprenticeship program or a similar sponsorship.
  2. Contact Cole Schmidt to learn about the application process:

    Cole Schmidt
    Apprenticeship Advisor & Pathways Navigator
    Mid-State Technical College / Wisconsin Rapids Campus
    500 32nd Street North
    Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
    Contact | Schedule Appointment