Ontario College Certificate in Arboriculture Co-op Curriculum
Accepting Applications for January 2022
Vocational Learning Outcomes
- Apply and integrate the principles of tree design, biomechanics, selection, establishment and maintenance to urban forest and ecosystems
- Identify and name tree and shrub species based on their physical characteristics and botanic classification.
- Apply the principles of tree anatomy and physiology to tree health and management.
- Detect and identify pests, diseases and tree disorders and recommend and apply integrated treatments and preventative care to promote healthy trees.
- Comply with environmental legislation, standards, policies and procedures relevant to urban forest planning and management practices.
- Climb trees safely and effectively, using basic industry-recognized techniques and equipment.
- Use more complex systems, equipment and advanced level techniques to climb and prune trees safely and proficiently.
- Remove trees safely and efficiently using rigging, topping and speed-lining techniques.
- Safely clear and/or remove trees, tree limbs and brush from utility rights of way in accordance with industry standards, policies, and legislation.
- Safely operate, maintain and troubleshoot clearing saws, chainsaws, wood chippers, stumpers, aerial trim lifts, and other industry-related equipment in accordance with recognized standards.
- Prepare reports and field records, documenting information accurately and in a timely manner, in compliance with industry regulations and established policies and procedures.
- Use tools and operate equipment appropriately, ensuring optimum health and safety of self, team members and the environment.
- Conduct risk assessments, including hazard tree assessment, and implement safe and appropriate harm reduction actions and procedures.
- Act in accordance with norms and professional codes of ethical practice.
- Work effectively and safely in a collaborative work environment demonstrating teamwork, interpersonal and communication skills.
- Prepare a portfolio that reflects personal growth, job readiness and resources for ongoing professional development and learning.
Courses and Descriptions
Through field labs, students will develop skills in the latest and safest methods of advanced tree climbing. The use of the split tail system as well as friction savers and Re-Directs will be learned. In this course, students will acquire experience in pruning woody plants. This course will be delivered in a concentrated format over seven weeks in the second half of the semester. Please note: A minimum mark of 70% is required to achieve a passing grade in this course.
Through in class and practical field labs, students will develop skills in safe tree climbing techniques . The use of fall protection is mandatory at all times. Students will learn the use, care, and maintenance of equipment. They will become safe and confident in pre-climb inspection, anchor selection, aerial rescue, and manoeuvring about in tree crowns. Students will be required to purchase personal protective equipment (safety glasses, safety boots, chainsaw pants, safety gloves, hard hat, and hearing protection) as recommended, before the course begins. This course will be delivered in a concentrated format over seven weeks in the first half of the semester. Please note: A minimum mark of 70% is required to achieve a passing grade in this course.
This course is designed to equip students with the skills needed for their work search and to develop and enhance career planning skills. Students will learn how to write competitive job search documents, interview with confidence, and will develop and use their career portfolio as a tool to identify and incorporate career goals into the job search process.
Students are instructed in the safe operation and maintenance of equipment associated with the arboriculture and utility industries. Chainsaw operation and tree felling techniques are competency-based standards set out by the Professional Chainsaw Operation guidelines by Workplace Safety North. The techniques introduced in this course are transferable to other courses within the program. Students will be required to purchase items of personal protective equipment (safety glasses, safety boots, chainsaw pants, safety gloves, hard hat, and hearing protection) as recommended, before the course begins.
This course introduces the students to tree anatomy, tree physiology, urban soil conditions, tree installation and the impact of construction on tree health. Field trips deal with tree selection, tree pruning, tree reaction to wounding and an introduction to hazard tree assessment.
All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.
Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.
Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.
You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.
This course is designed to allow the student the opportunity to obtain arboriculture related experience through a placement of 450 hours with an organization selected by the student and approved by the program coordinator. It provides the student with the opportunity to apply existing knowledge and skill either through observation and/or applications.
This course deals with the identification of approximately 125 trees and shrubs found in urban settings in Ontario. Tree features including leaves, twigs, bark and fruits are studied. The accuracy level for the identification tests is 80 per cent. The lecture series includes: the anatomy and physiology of leaves, stems, roots and flowers, fruit adaptations for seed dispersal and forest geography. The cultural requirements of the major urban tree species are studied.
Students of the Forestry, Arboriculture and Urban Forestry Certificate/Technician programs possess an excellent foundation in the 'normal growth' of trees. This course introduces students to the study of insects and diseases of forest and urban trees. Identification, classification, and control measures of commercially important insects, pathogens and diseases are examined. The emphasis is on the pests of forest and urban trees and a collection of such specimens.
Students will learn proper line clearing procedures through practical field labs. They will become skilled at brush control on utility right-of-ways, safe tree trimming, and tree removal in close proximity of utility line conductors. Students will use safe tree climbing techniques and an aerial trim lift to accomplish desired results. Students will complete a Safety in Line Clearing course. This course will be delivered in a concentrated format over seven weeks in the second half of the semester. Please note: A minimum mark of 70% is required to achieve a passing grade in this course.
Tree health management focuses on a thoughtful, holistic approach to successfully incorporating trees into the urban environment. Learning proper planning, planting and establishment strategies, students will focus on prevention of tree health problems. Students will develop the ability to diagnose damaging agents and prescribe required control or management measures using Integrated Pest Management and other industry mitigation techniques to maintain and establish healthy urban ecosystems. The economic and social impacts of trees in the landscape will also be examined to aid in decision making processes.
Through this course, students will gain knowledge in the latest tree removal techniques. They will combine their climbing and rigging skills for large limb and whole tree removal in a safe manner. This course will be delivered in a concentrated format over seven weeks in the first half of the semester. Please note: A minimum mark of 70% is required to achieve a passing grade in this course.
- Advanced Tree Climbing and Pruning (FSTY 1)
- Operation and Maintenance of Equipment (MECH 45) OR Arboriculture Equipment Operation (MECH 329)