HOW TO PREPARE
If you are looking for academic training in this field, you'll find that many schools offer associate degree programs in arboriculture. Bachelor's and master's degrees in forestry and urban forestry (the care of trees in city parks and landscapes) are also available. You may also find some graduate-level urban forestry courses in natural resource development programs.
Fundamental courses in an arboriculture associate degree program include horticulture equipment operation and repair, arboriculture techniques, plant pest control, landscape drafting and tree surgery. Some associate degree programs will even include internships and fieldwork so you can get an idea of how you may apply course concepts in a practical way.
A bachelor's degree program in urban forestry is likely to include a broader range of classes that cover tree identification, forest ecology, soil science and forest health. A master's degree program in forestry will offer you advanced courses in areas like tree nutrition and tree physiology.
If you are seeking on-the-job training and advancement, there are many options for you as well!
Arborists can receive on-the-job training from tree care companies, landscaping companies, nurseries, municipalities and utilities. They may be required to interact with clients, identify trees and clear debris by pruning trees and shrubs. Entry-level arborists can also learn how to use tree maintenance tools. Examples of entry-level positions include those of commercial, municipal and utility groundworkers.