The Tree Care Technician program will prepare you for a career in the field of arboriculture and urban forestry. You will learn tree maintenance and management, aerial tree work, plant health care, tree selection and planting, and equipment safety and operation. The program involves practicum and lab components that provide you with real-world application and experience.
Students in the Tree Care Technician program can attend full or part time. Classes should be taken in the sequence listed.
Tree care classes are offered at the Madison College Truax campus.
Employers throughout the Madison area consider Madison College Tree Care graduates top candidates. Associate degree graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of urban forestry including:
- Arborist – Commercial
- Arborist – Municipal
- Arborist – Utility
- Urban Forestry Technician
- Forestry Technician
- Nursery Technician
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.
Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:
- Progress toward your specific requirements
- Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements
If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.First Semester10-801-1963 credits10-001-1012 credits10-001-1022 credits10-001-1333 credits10-001-1182 credits10-001-1243 creditsSecond Semester10-001-1133 credits10-001-1102 credits10-001-1383 credits10-001-1732 credits10-001-1282 credits
Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!
International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.
- Application open
- Application completion deadline is August 31, 2023
All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.
1. Admission Application
The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.
2. Education Completion
Students must submit official transcripts for one of the following:
- High school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
- GED/HSED transcript
- College transcript(s) showing:
- At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0, or
- Completion of an associate degree or higher
All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.
- Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
- Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.
Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.
Apply to Madison College and take the first step towards your Tree Care Technician career.
The Madison College Tree Care Program prepares you to:
- Diagnose ornamental plant disorders
- Identify woody plants by common and scientific name
- Apply tree biology for arboriculture and maintenance practices
- Adhere to industry safety standards
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2021 2022 Number of Program Graduates 4 2 Number of Surveys Sent 4 2 Number of Surveys Returned 4 2 Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 2 1 Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 50.00% Not in Labor Market Percent Not in Labor Market 100.00% 50.00% Available for Employment
2021 2022 Graduates Employed 2 1 Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00% Employed in Related Occupation 2 1 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.00% 100.00% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 0 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.00% 0.00% Employed - No Response 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 0 0 Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2021 2022 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.5 3.5 Number of Satisfaction Responses 2 2 Very Satisfied (4) 1 1 Percent Very Satisfied 50.00% 50.00% Satisfied (3) 1 1 Percent Satisfied 50.00% 50.00% Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2021 2022 Number of Primary Reason Responses 4 2 Preparation for Getting a Job 0 0 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 0.00% 0.00% Career Change 0 1 Percent Career Change 0.00% 50.00% Improvement of Existing Skills 1 1 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 25.00% 50.00% Preparation for Further Education 3 0 Percent Preparation for Further Education 75.00% 0.00% Personal Interest 0 0 Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% Other 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2021 2022 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 2 1 Before Enrollment 0 1 Percent Before Enrollment 0.00% 100.00% While Attending the College 1 0 Percent While Attending the College 50.00% 0.00% After Training at the College 1 0 Percent After Training at the College 50.00% 0.00% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2021 2022 Number of Employment Location Responses 2 0 In College District 2 0 Percent In College District 100.00% In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2021 2022 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 2 Average Monthly Wage $3,053 Average Hourly Wage $17.75 Average Work Hours per Week 40 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count Average Hourly Wage Average Work Hours per Week
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions DSH Tree Care Arborist Fond du Lac
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1701 Pearson Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704
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- Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm