Colorado Arborist Apprenticeship Program


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. 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 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 




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 or call (720) 593-2489.

Your first step is to submit our online application.

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