Arboriculture Certificate

Work Outdoors, Year-Round

Prepare to enter the tree service industry with the hands-on training you will receive in roping and rigging, tree notching and felling, chainsaw and chipper operation, pruning, and tree protection, identification, and risk management, in this Arboriculture Certificate program.  MWCC’s 269-acre campus in Gardner, with its variety of tree species, is the outdoor laboratory where your classroom instruction in Ecology, Plant Science and Soil Science will meet real-world training in tree care skills and safety practices. You’ll finish this certificate in just two semesters.

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Skills You’ll Learn in the Arboriculture Certificate program at MWCC

Arboriculture is the care and maintenance of trees, including how to help keep them healthy and how to remove trees that become sick or unsafe.  Classes in the Arboriculture Certificate include both hands-on, practical skills training and in-class lectures. You will learn:

  • Chainsaw Operation and Safety
  • Chipper Operation and Safety
  • Climbing
  • Installation and Selection
  • Notching/Felling
  • Pruning
  • Roping and Rigging
  • Tree Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Tree Identification and Protection
  • Tree Risk Management
  • Urban Forestry

Please note: Arboriculture Certificate students must be in very good physical condition and should be prepared for outdoor work in a variety of weather conditions.

Job Outlook for Tree Service Professionals in Massachusetts

As a tree service crew member, you can make an average of $46,700* a year in the state of Massachusetts. Tree care professionals with field experience who pass the exam to become an ISA Certified Arborist will stand out further in this competitive market.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Apply Your Credits toward a Degree

At the end of your program, you will be ready to enhance your career in tree care or to further your education with the Natural Resources Associate’s Degree, where you would only need 13 more classes to get your degree!

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