How To Become A Tree Trimmer and Pruner

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Tree Trimmers and Pruners

Tree Trimmers and Pruners using sophisticated climbing and rigging techniques, cut away dead or excess branches from trees or shrubs to maintain right-of-way for roads, sidewalks, or utilities, or to improve appearance, health, and value of tree. Prune or treat trees or shrubs using handsaws, hand pruners, clippers, and power pruners. Works off the ground in the tree canopy and may use truck-mounted lifts.

Salary
$44040
Becoming One
Easy
Education
No degree required
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  1. Summary
  2. Steps to become one
  3. Popular degree levels
  4. How long does it take

Summary

Degree No degree required
Duration to become one 3 years
Difficulty to become one Easy

Like many advanced trade designations, the first step is to get a job working for another certified arborist.

After 3 years of apprenticeship, you can take a test and become a certified arborist. There are formal education programs but I would discourage interested people from pursuing that path. I find it far more efficient to get a formal education later down the road when you get to a point in your career if one is required. On-the-job experience and real-world training that’s paired with the certification after 3 years are very strong for career advancements.


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Tree Trimmers and Pruners Requirements

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What degree do most Tree Trimmers and Pruners have

Less than a High School Diploma

We did a survey to ask other Tree Trimmers and Pruners what degree they had when they first became one. Here are the results.

Less than a High School Diploma
56.81%

High School Diploma
37.13%

Certificate
3.83%

How long does it take

3 years

Three years, the hardest part is securing that first job, so do whatever it takes to get a little experience.

There is a huge shortage of arborists currently, so if you can get even the smallest amount of experience under your belt, it then becomes pretty easy to get a job wherever you have an interest after that. I can’t speak for all regions of the country, but the Western States, such as Colorado, Utah, California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho are all having annual wildfires issues due to their expansive forests, which is only growing in demand. It’s a long-term and fantastic career option for the new guards who want to join us!


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