Why choose Arborist Technician?
- Turn your passion for the outdoors into a great career doing what you love.
- Discover endless career opportunities in arboriculture, and enjoy new and exciting challenges every day.
- Interested in earning a bachelor’s degree? For transfer opportunities, visit mstc.edu/transfer.
Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494
What You'll Learn
Mid-State’s Arborist Technician graduates enter the workforce with real-world knowledge and skills. Our students learn the fundamentals of pruning, plant health care, tree planting and maintenance, plant identification, and tree risk assessment.
Our unique aerial component gives our graduates experience working safely in the trees.
Estimated Entire Program Cost
Cost based on the 2022/23 academic year.
- Tuition & Fees: $10,617.90
- Books: $1,311.45
- Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $297.00
- Total Estimated Cost: $12,226.35
Financial Aid Eligibility
This program is eligible for full Financial Aid
|10001124||Arborist Skills Introduction||2|
|10001133||Chainsaw Safety and Operation||2|
|10001173||Pruning for Structure||2|
|10001118||Landscape Plant Identification||2|
|Term Total||14 Credits|
|-or-||10804118||Intermediate Algebra with Applications||4|
|10001111||Intro to Horticulture||2|
|10001102||Plant Health Care Applicator||2|
|10001148||People, Resources, and Sustainability||3|
|10809166||Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application||3|
|10001125||Arboriculture Operations 1||2|
|Term Total||17-18 Credits|
|10801136||English Composition 1||3|
|10001105||Dendrology and Silvics||3|
|10001199||Fish, Forest, and Wildlife Management||3|
|10001126||Arboriculture Operations 2||2|
|10001127||Arboriculture Operations 3||2|
|Term Total||17 Credits|
|10001113||Ornamental Plant Health Care||3|
|10001103||Applied Arboriculture & Urban Forestry||2|
|10001149||Ecology for Arboriculture||3|
|10001198||Soil & Water Resources||3|
|-or-||10809198||Intro to Psychology||3|
|Term Total||14 Credits|
|Program Total||62-63 Credits|
This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.
JOE HOFFMAN, BS, MF
Joe Hoffman obtained his master of forestry from Virginia Tech and is a certified arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture. For over a decade he has coordinated travel for Midwest students to attend the annual Tree Care Industry Expo, helping to expose them to the same breadth of opportunities he’s enjoyed. He brings over 17 years of arboriculture experience to the classroom and keeps his skills current by working in the industry during the summer and attending conferences.
“I’m deeply rewarded when students fully grasp that this education is theirs…when they take ownership and pursue their passions with all their might.”
LUKE SCHEBERL, MS
Luke earned his MS in soil science from UW–Stevens Point. He also holds a BS in urban forestry. He is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist and a Wisconsin Certified Pesticide Applicator (3.0). His experience includes nearly 10 years in landscape/turf management, commercial tree care (climbing, lift, planting, and treating), tree inventories, soil assessment, and research. He taught for three years at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha before joining Mid-State Technical College full-time in 2021.
“Arboriculture isn’t just another job. It is a passionate industry where outside is your daily office and trees are your clients! We do have fun here!”
- Arborist (commercial, utility, government)
- Golf Course Arborist
- Landscape Contractor
- Plant Health Care Technician
- Utility Vegetation Management Technician
- Consulting Arborist
- Arboriculture Safety Trainer
- Landscape Maintenance Technician
“Most students go to college to find good-paying careers doing something they enjoy. Mid-State gave me that and so much more as I discovered my passion and achieved more than I ever could have anticipated.”
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Career pathways help you take your education one step at a time to maximize your investment and make college fit your life. Earn a credential and start using it in the workforce. Continue with another stack of related courses to gain a more advanced diploma or degree.