Ontario College Certificate in Arboriculture Co-op
Love trees and want to help preserve our environment? With Fleming’s Arboriculture Co-op program, it’s possible to live in an urban setting and contribute to the environmental effort.
As an Arboriculture graduate, you'll maintain and preserve trees and shrubs in the urban landscape and green spaces of our communities – providing cleaner air and much needed "green" relief from the concrete jungle.
- The program offers theoretical knowledge for all aspects of urban tree care, as well as such practical skills as safe tree climbing techniques, aerial rescue, pruning techniques, tree removal, power line clearing, and the operation and maintenance of relevant equipment.
- You will be able to identify approximately 140 species of trees and shrubs in both summer and winter conditions, and to diagnose and remedy major pests, disease, and tree disorders using the latest integrated management options to promote plant health.
- In 2nd semester, you can take the Arborist and Utility Arborist exemption exams, to qualify you for the in-school portion of these MAESD apprenticeships (there is no additional cost to you for your first attempt at writing these tests).
Why Choose Fleming
Simply put, students choose our program because of our reputation in the arboriculture industry. Employers look to our Arboriculture program to find well-trained graduates. School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences has a long-standing reputation among professional organizations and employers working in the field. In 2007 the program received an Award of Merit from the International Society of Arboriculture, Ontario Chapter, for "advancing the principles, ideas and practice of Arboriculture in Ontario."
From start to finish, the Arboriculture program is hands-on - you'll be spending a lot of time working with trees and shrubs outside in addition to your time in the classroom.
There is a mandatory paid co-op semester from May to September.
In addition to paying tuition and fees for two semesters of study, students pay a co-op fee (approximately $558.00) for administrative costs associated with the co-op placement.
Is this You?
These are the skills and personality traits that will help you to be a successful arborist:
- love of the outdoors and working with trees/shrubs
- physical fitness
- good oral/written communication skills
- problem solving ability
- attention to detail
- ability/willingness to work in extreme weather conditions
Tree climbing tests are timed and are proficiency-based. In order to be successful, you will need to achieve minimum standards for tree climbing. All climbing courses require a minimum mark of 70% to achieve a passing grade.
When you graduate, you'll be qualified for jobs such as:
- tree climber
- municipal arborist
- commercial arborist
- utility arborist
- plant health care technician
- urban forest technician
- tree and shrub specialist
- urban parks manager
Employers include municipalities, private companies, line clearing companies, utility companies, and provincial ministries.
Arboriculture graduates can pursue further studies in the Urban Forestry Technician (UFT) program with advanced standing. They can enter semester 2 of the program, starting in January. The study period is as follows:
- Complete Arboriculture program in December
- January-April: Semester 2 of Urban Forestry Technician
- May-August: Exempt from semester 3/ co-op
- September-December: Semester 4 courses, plus pick up 2 courses from semester 1
- January-April: Semester 5 courses; graduate in April.
Minimum Admission Requirements
OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:
- 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)
When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.
Other Program Requirements
- excellent physical condition
- completion of Standard First Aid and Heart CPR is required for graduation
- strong plant biology and/or horticulture background
If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission.
Plan to spend about $625 for books, supplies, additional courses (noted above) and personal safety equipment.