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Urban Forestry Technician

20-001-6 Certificate (C) 19 Credits Not Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

If you have an interest in the care and maintenance of trees, this program is for you. You will learn urban tree maintenance and management, plant health care operations, how trees function, planting and selection, and chainsaw safety and operation. With these skills you could work in careers related to arboriculture, urban forestry, nursery management, plant health care and utility line clearance.


Course Title
Course Number
Nursery Management 1
Provides an overview of landscape nursery production and retail garden center operations. Special attention will be given to basic business strategies and fall-season plant management practices.
Fundamentals of Aerial Tree Work
Introduces students to the basic safety requirements, equipment and techniques employed by arborists who work aloft. Topics include applied rope-and-saddle and aerial lift usage, electrical hazard recognition and common knots used in the industry.
Chain Saw Safety & Operation
Will familiarize students with common chainsaw practices within the urban forestry industry. Personal protective equipment, safe operation, routine maintenance and common cutting techniques in accordance with current industry standards will be emphasized. Students will operate chainsaws in a variety of field exercises that simulate tree removal operations. Additional exposure to relevant pieces of industry equipment will be included.
Urban Tree Maintenance
Addresses the art and science of tree pruning as the primary objective of this course. Young tree training and mature tree maintenance are practiced. Proper pruning cuts and techniques specified in the ANSI A300 Pruning Standard are taught throughout this class.
Woody Ornamental Plant ID
Explains plant classification and identification techniques. Students will utilize these techniques to properly name and identify commonly used deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs. Culture and care will also be discussed.
Familiarizes students with several techniques, tools, and pieces of equipment used in the management on trees and tree populations. This course also serves to create an awareness of arboricultural careers as applied to commercial, municipal and utility employers.
Plant Health Care-Applicator Training
Focuses on training to successfully pass the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection's pesticide applicator exam (which is proctored in this class). Additionally, students will be familiarized with chemical handling, mixing, calibration and application via field exercises.
Tree Biology
Provides an overview of the tree system with an emphasis on growth and development, compartmentalization of wounds, and how the tree adapts to the urban environment.
Aerial Tree Work Practicum 2
Builds on the knowledge and skills learned in Fundamentals of Aerial Tree Work, including independent study activities of a progressively more comprehensive nature. Students will assume roles of crewleader as they participate in tree pruning, rigging, hardware installation, electrical hazard awareness, aerial rescue, ground work activities, and work site management.

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