Apprenticeship and Certification Act, Unrestricted Trade


  • Work as part of a team in a safe and efficient manner
  • Select, adjust, wear and maintain safety clothing and equipment.
  • Protect self and others by carefully handling and carrying chainsaws and other tree maintenance equipment, mounting and dismounting equipment, and observing danger zones
  • Plan work in an effective manner to ensure optimum job efficiency and effectiveness
  • Use hand, electrical, gas, hydraulics, and pneumatically powered tools
  • Remove, buck and limb trees or parts of same by using a variety of techniques and equipment
  • Work at heights utilizing a personal safety support system; climb trees with and without spurs; and select work positions required by the task
  • Inspect woody plants to identify deficiencies/damage and to determine required method of pruning, perform various types of pruning cuts to correct deficiencies and/or obtain desired results
  • Inspect woody plants for damage and determine method of repair to ensure healthy plants
  • Identify signs and symptoms of major pest types; comply with relevant legislation; perform cultural, biological, and chemical pest control; perform various methods of application and calibrate application equipment
  • Apply fertilizer using surface, sub-surface, foliar, and injection or implant methods; irrigate by surface and sub-surface watering; and aerate zone of woody plants
  • Inspect, handle, and transport nursery stock; dig bare root or balled in burlap woody plants manually or mechanically; plant and perform related operations and follow-up maintenance

Personal Qualities

  • You will work outdoors, sometimes at heights
  • You are an extremely safety conscious person who learns and applies safety rules
  • You have a good sense of balance
  • You keep calm and cool if things go wrong
  • You like challenging work

Career Opportunities

  • Arborists are employed by private residential or commercial landscape management companies, tree nurseries, tree care contractors, municipal governments, national or provincial parks departments and utility companies
  • Some arborists have their own companies

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion of a 5,400 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • If you have completed 6,000 hours of on the job experience/training and have not completed the apprenticeship Program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification
  • An arborist must satisfactorily complete safety training as mandated by the Occupational Health and Safety Act
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