Colorado Arborist Apprenticeship Program

Arborist

Get Paid to Become a Certified Arborist.

Get paid while you learn the skills needed to be successful in an arborist career. This is a three-year apprenticeship program with 2,000 hours on-the-job and approximately 145 hours in class each year. An apprenticeship is a great way to learn. You will gain skills working one-on-one with a skilled professional on the job. You are paid and can get promotions as your skills progress!

Aborist Skills You'll Learn

This apprenticeship includes 6,000 hours of training with your Tree Care Employer and 450 classroom hours at Front Range Community College in Westminster, Colorado over the three-year period. You will be trained in a variety of skills needed to become an arborist, including:

  • Tree trimming
  • Disease diagnosis and treatment
  • Tree climbing
  • Basic tree & shrub biology

Work Outdoors. Be Physically Fit. Learn an Exciting Trade.

Enjoy the majority of your instruction through active on-the-job training that truly prepares you for your chosen career. 90% of your time is spent on the job being taught and mentored by a Journeyman. The remaining 10% consists of classroom learning.

  • Job sites are located throughout the Front Range.
  • Work for small & medium-sized private businesses and municipality forestry departments.
  • Receive a portable, nationally-recognized credential, which signifies to employers that you are fully qualified for the job.
  • Attend classroom training at Front Range Community College in Westminster November-March.

Arborist Salaries

Entry Average Experienced

$17/hr

$21/hr

$25/hr

Class Schedule 2019 - 2020

2019-2020 Cohort Year 2

Thursdays, Fridays 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Class Days Time
Pruning Fundamentals (Year 1, Make-up Class) Sept 24 & 25 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tree & Shrub Identification Dec 3 & 10 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tree Biology Jan 7 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tree Support Systems & Lightening Protection Jan 14 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tree Planting & Establishment March 4 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Aerial Work (Climbing) Mar 11, 12, 18 & 19 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Aerial Work (Aerial Lift) Mar 25, 26, Apr. 1 & 2 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Rigging & Removal Fundamentals
April 8, 9, 15 & 16 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Pruning Trees & Shrubs April 22 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Snow Days April 23, 29 & 30 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

2020-2021 Cohort Year 1

Mondays, Tuesdays 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Class Days Time
General Safety Nov 10, 17, 24 & Dec 1 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Arborist Equipment Fundamentals Dec 8 & Dec 15 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Intro to Tree & Shrub Jan 5 & 12 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tree Biology Jan 26, Feb 2 & 9
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Aerial Training: Climbing March 8 & 9 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Aerial Training: Lift Truck March 15 & 16 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Pruning Fundamentals March 23 & 30 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Snow Days  April 5 & 6 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All classes will be held at:

Front Range Community College - Westminster
3645 West 112th Avenue
Westminster, CO 80031
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Tuition per person:

2019 - 2020 $3740
2020 - 2021 $1980
2021 - 2022 $1980

How to Get Started

This apprenticeship program is open to anyone employed with a tree care company or organization. If you are not currently employed by this type of company, we can match you with an employer. Please contact the Colorado Tree Care Partnership at CoTreeCarePartnership@gmail.com or call (720) 593-2489.

Your first step is to submit our online application.

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