Forestry courses

Algonquin College

Urban Forestry - Arboriculture in Algonquin College

  • Duration : 1 Years
  • Intake : September
  • Level : Certificate
  • Tuition & fees : $ 15,714 CAD Per Year
  • IELTS : 6.5
  • TOEFL : 88
  • PTE : 0

About Urban Forestry - Arboriculture in Algonquin College

Provide environmental, social and economic benefits in today`s society with a career in urban forestry.

In the one-year Urban Forestry - Arboriculture Ontario College Certificate program, you experience a hands-on education exploring arboriculture science with tree care skills.

You acquire the skills and knowledge related to a range of tree care services provided by professional arborists, including:

  • tree climbing
  • tree identification
  • tree pruning
  • tree removal
  • tree care
  • tree planting
  • identification, diagnoses and management of tree diseases

Spend the majority of your time in the program outdoors, in a variety of weather conditions and heights. Working on real trees, practice climbing techniques and learn to become proficient in the use of arborist-related equipment including chainsaws, chippers and pruning essentials.

Develop foundational tree identification and safe tree climbing skills through theoretical, laboratory and hands-on learning.

Participate in workplace scenarios that replicate actual challenges faced by arborists. In classroom and labs settings, examine tree science and arboriculture practises, such as planting, pruning and removal.

Graduates may find a career as a(n):

  • lead arborist
  • crew leader
  • arborist
  • arborist assistant
  • climber
  • apprentice climber
  • consulting arborist
  • ground crew

There are employment opportunities in a wide variety of areas such as:

  • commercial tree service companies
  • public utility companies
  • city, county, and other government agencies
  • landscape maintenance firms
  • nurseries
  • garden centres
  • industrial complexes
  • private estates
  • theme parks and resorts
  • arboretums
  • botanical gardens
  • tree research centres
  • golf courses

If you choose to pursue further education, you are ready to write the College of Trades (COT) exemption exams for some college courses.


This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Enjoy physical activity and working outdoors.
  • Are willing to work in extreme weather conditions.
  • Are comfortable workings at heights exceeding 25M (80 feet).
  • Are able to lift one`s own weight.
  • Have an affinity to working with trees and shrubs.
  • Work well in a team environment.
  • Enjoy problem solving.
  • Possess good communication skills.


Graduates of the program may find employment as Head Arborist, Crew Leader, Arborist, Arborist Assistant, Climber, Apprentice Climber, Consulting Arborist and Ground Staff.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Explain principles and procedures relating to urban forests and ecosystems to inform clients` decision-making when selecting tree sites, species and planting procedures.
  2. Treat trees by considering the relationship between tree anatomy, physiology and urban soil conditions to maintain tree health and management.
  3. Recommend and apply integrated treatments and preventative care to promote healthy trees.
  4. Use complex climbing systems with basic industry-recognized fall protection techniques to climb and prune trees safely while addressing tree wound reactions in juvenile and mature trees.
  5. Implement proper tree maintenance and safe removal procedures in accordance with industry standards, policies, and legislation.
  6. Employ safe operational and maintenance procedures for arborist-related hand tools and large equipment in accordance with recognized standards.
  7. Prepare reports and field records in compliance with industry regulation and established policies and procedures.
  8. Utilize industry related personal protective equipment and safe working practises to ensure optimum health and safety of self, team members and the environment.
  9. Apply the fundamentals of hazardous tree assessment, tree appraisal and tree risk management in order to implement safe and appropriate harm reduction actions and procedures.
  10. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C) or equivalent with a grade of 60% or higher.

  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with a minimum of 22 in each component: Reading: 22; Listening: 22; Speaking: 22; Writing: 22.

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English.

Algonquin College Highlights

College Type Publicly funded
Number of Campuses 3
Annual Endowments 3.7 million CAD
Student Retention Rate 86.3 %
Total number of programs 340
Mode of Programmes Full time, Part time, Online
Work Study Program Yes, for full time programs
Cost of Attendance 2,900 CAD
Financial aid Bursaries, Scholarship, Awards
Language Proficiency IELTS/TOEFL or Algonquin EAP program

Algonquin College Average Tuition Fees And Other Expenses

Tuition & Books (1 Year)  
Includes Tuition, Health Insurance, Upass (bus pass)
and Student Access Fees (8-Month Academic Year)
$16,200 – $22,000
Learning Resources and School Supplies $200 – $1,000
Optional Items  
Gym Membership (On-campus) $300
Clothing $800
Miscellaneous $1,150
Total Optional Items $2,250
Homestay (Fees are for 1 Month)  
Application fee $250
Accommodations & Meals (3 meals/day) $940
Total Homestay $1,190
Residence (8 Months)  
Accommodations $7,720
Meal Plan (Mandatory) $3,350
Total Residence $11,070
Off Campus Housing 1 Month  
2 Bedroom Apartment (estimated cost only) $1,200 – $1,400

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Fees components - (1st year Fees and expense)

Tuition & fees :

$ 15,714

Hostel & Meals :

$ 11,945


$ 27,659