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Tree Care Technician
Program Number: 310017
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Science, Math and Natural Resources
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
27 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 year
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  • Program Overview

    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.  

    Program Details

    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


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  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 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 Semester
    3 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    2 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    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 Dates

    Fall 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2024

    Admission Requirements

    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

    Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:

    • High school  transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing:
      • Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
      • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
        • The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
        • Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • 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.

    After Acceptance

    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 or 608.246.6210.

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    Get Started!

    Apply to Madison College and take the first step towards your Tree Care Technician career.

    It's Free to Apply

  • Career Outcomes

    ​The Madison College Tree Care Program prepares you to:

    1. Diagnose ornamental plant disorders
    2. Identify woody plants by common and scientific name
    3. Apply tree biology for arboriculture and maintenance practices
    4. Adhere to industry safety standards
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates424
      Number of Surveys Sent424
      Number of Surveys Returned423
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment212
      Percent Available for Employment50.0%50.0%66.7%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market50.0%50.0%33.3%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed212
      Percent of Graduates Employed100.0%100.0%100.0%
      Employed in Related Occupation212
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation100.0%100.0%100.0%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation000
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.0%0.0%0.0%
      Employed - No Response000
      Percent Employed - No Response0.0%0.0%0.0%
      Seeking Employment000
      Percent Seeking Employment0.0%0.0%0.0%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
      Number of Satisfaction Responses222
      Very Satisfied (4)111
      Percent Very Satisfied50.0%50.0%50.0%
      Satisfied (3)111
      Percent Satisfied50.0%50.0%50.0%
      Unsatisfied (2)000
      Percent Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)000
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses423
      Preparation for Getting a Job
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job
      Career Change
      Percent Career Change
      Improvement of Existing Skills
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills
      Preparation for Further Education
      Percent Preparation for Further Education
      Personal Interest
      Percent Personal Interest
      Percent Other0.0%0.0%0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses212
      Before Enrollment010
      Percent Before Enrollment0.0%100.0%0.0%
      While Attending the College102
      Percent While Attending the College50.0%0.0%100.0%
      After Training at the College100
      Percent After Training at the College50.0%0.0%0.0%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses212
      In College District202
      Percent In College District100.0%0.0%100.0%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District010
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.0%100.0%0.0%
      Outside of Wisconsin000
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.0%0.0%0.0%
      Employer Location Unknown000
      Percent Location Unknown0.0%0.0%0.0%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202120222023
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count22
      Average Monthly Wage$3,053$3,673
      Average Hourly Wage$17.75$21.36
      Average Work Hours per Week40.039.0
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count1
      Average Hourly Wage$20.00
      Average Work Hours per Week32.0
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2023
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Dane County ParksCounty Parks Attendant
      Dane County ParksUrban Forester LTEMazomanie

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      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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