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!
Arborist 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.
$17/hr Entry Level
1st Cohort Schedule (Year 3 Classes)
2nd Cohort Schedule (Year 2 Classes)
3rd Cohort Schedule (Year 1 Classes)
Apprenticeship Program Admission
Limit of 15 seats per cohort each fall.
- If you are employed with a Tree Care company who has registered their apprenticeship with the Department of Labor, your company should contact Laurie Rue at email@example.com to register for the training at FRCC. If you work for a Tree Care organization who would like to register their apprenticeship, they should contact McLain.Cynthia@dol.gov.
- If you are not currently employed by a Tree Care Company, but would like to be, contact the Colorado Tree Care Sector Partnership at CoTreeCarePartnership@gmail.com or visit the Colorado Tree Care website. Learn more about Apprenticeship Scholarship funding to help with tuition.
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