Arborist Technicians are adventurous and curious individuals, whose deep appreciation for trees, love of physical activity, and visual way of working create the beautiful communities we all enjoy. 

As an Arborist Technician, you’re skilled in all aspects of tree care, including identifying plants and examining and diagnosing pests and diseases.  

You enjoy working in an outdoor setting, and have an approach that spurs you to interact with your surroundings. You use your knowledge to assess the health and structure of a tree, determine its needs and identify appropriate treatments.  

What You'll Learn

  • How to identify different types of plants and trees 
  • How to treat injured and diseased plants and trees  
  • How to fall, limb and buck trees 
  • How to prune and perform other work on trees from the ground 
  • How to chip brush, cut wood and clean up after tree care operations 

Key Job Skills

  • Active listening  
  • Plant and tree identification 
  • Plant and tree treatment  
  • Falling, limbing and bucking  
  • Pruning and other groundwork 

Technical Training

To get certified, you will need to sign up for technical training at an approved training provider in addition to on-the-job training. 

Visit Trades Training BC and EducationPlannerBC for a comprehensive list of what programs are available in your trade at public and non-public schools. 

Technical Training 8 weeks over 1 year
Work-Based Training
1600 HOURS
Salary Range Hourly
$17.00 — $29.52
General Skills

Program Information


Note: Arborist Technician must be taken before Climbing Arborist.   

Exam Information


Certificate of Qualification Exam



  • None


Challenge the


If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification. Learn more about How to Challenge a Skilled Trade.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.