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Associate in Arboriculture / Urban Forestry Technician

Gateway Technical College
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Associate's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates


Program description

Associate in Arboriculture / Urban Forestry Technician

Think outside the office! With an Arboriculture/Urban Forestry Technician associate degree from Gateway, the great outdoors will be your workspace as you use your knowledge of natural resources and outdoor machinery to maintain trees. Become an arborist or urban forestry technician through hands-on, outdoor learning. You'll discover how to manage tree care, collect data and better care for the environment.

The Arboriculture/Urban Forestry Technician associate degree prepares individuals for year-round, entry level work in tree care operations as an Arborist (commercial, municipal, golf course, utility), or a person who maintains tree health and improves tree growing conditions in the urban environment. Through exploration of natural resources, arboriculture, and urban forestry, students acquire skills in tree and plant biology, tree and plant identification, insect and disease management, aerial tree pruning and removal (tree climbing is optional), and tree planting. Students will operate tools and equipment used within the industry according to safety standards. Through coursework, students may become Wisconsin certified pesticide applicators. Summer employment in industry is available and encouraged between spring and fall semesters.

This program is also available on a part-time basis.

Admission requirements

Students must meet one of the following: minimum high school GPA of 2.6, minimum college GPA of 2.0, or complete valid reading, writing, and math placement assessments.

For more information about admission and graduation requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

  • Chainsaw Safety and Operation
  • Computers for Professionals
  • English Composition 1
  • Fundamentals of Aerial Tree Work
  • Landscape Plant Identification
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Urban Tree Maintenance
  • Ecological Basis for Natural Res Mgmt
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Introduction to Horticulture
  • People, Resources, and Sustainability
  • Tree Care Practicum 1
  • Tree Growth and Development
  • Arboriculture Elective
  • Dendrology and Silvics
  • Intro to Fish, Forestry, & Wildlife Res
  • Landscape Management
  • Social Science Requirement
  • Tree Care Practicum 2
  • Applied Urban Forestry
  • Communication Requirement
  • Introduction to Soil & Water Resources
  • Ornamental Plant Health Care
  • Psychology, Introduction to
  • Tree Care Capstone

Suggested Electives

  • Marketing Principles
  • Intro to Business
  • Selling Principles
  • Arboriculture/Urban Forestry Internship

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the college website.

Tuition fees

The cost per semester is $2,700.


Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Diagnose ornamental plant disorders.
  • Identify wood plants by common and scientific names.
  • Apply tree biology for arboricultural maintenance practices.
  • Adhere to industry safety standards.

Career opportunities

  • Plant Health Care Technician
  • Climbing Arborist
  • City Arborist

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About this institute

Gateway Technical College

Gateway Technical College began in 1911 as America’s first publicly funded technical college, preparing students to achieve their academic and professional goals. Our hands-on training in over 70 programs of study prepares 21,000 students annually to enter new careers or...

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