You're a people person that wants to work outdoors. Learn to create beautiful landscapes and keep trees healthy.
students working with live tree
ISA Certified
All Our Faculty
are International Society of Arboriculture Certified
100% of our recent graduates got a job in the industry.
Work Local
95% of our recent graduates work in Wisconsin.
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 training in as little as 1 year (programs vary)
financial aid icon Financial Aid Available
net price calculator sketch
What You'll Pay
Use our Net Price Calculator to estimate your tuition costs.
Estimated Tuition


$3,807.00 Tuition
$655.95 Materials/Supplemental Costs
$0.00 Other Costs
  • 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


    Wolfie mascot and a tree care specialist in a tree
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 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.

    Fall 2022 Application Dates

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2022

    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
    Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED/GED02, or completion of an associate degree or higher is required; submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school or charter school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) or GED02 transcript
    • GED/HSED score report
    • College transcript showing an associate degree or higher

    3. Residency Requirements
    Based on historical trends at Madison College a waitlist is not expected to form for this program. Therefore all applicants, regardless of residency status, are eligible for application review.

    Learn more about residency determination and program availability.

    Additional Notes

    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.

  • 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 Graduates 4
      Number of Surveys Sent 4
      Number of Surveys Returned 4
      Percent of Surveys Returned 100.00%
      Available for Employment 2
      Percent Available for Employment 100.00%
      Not in Labor Market 2
      Percent Not in Labor Market 100.00%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed 2
      Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation 2
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.00%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.00%
      Employed - No Response 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.00%
      Seeking Employment 0
      Percent Seeking Employment 0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.5
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 2
      Very Satisfied (4) 1
      Percent Very Satisfied 50.00%
      Satisfied (3) 1
      Percent Satisfied 50.00%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses 4
      Preparation for Getting a Job 0
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 0.00%
      Career Change 0
      Percent Career Change 0.00%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 1
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 25.00%
      Preparation for Further Education 3
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 75.00%
      Personal Interest 0
      Percent Personal Interest 0.00%
      Other 0
      Percent Other 0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 2
      Before Enrollment 0
      Percent Before Enrollment 0.00%
      While Attending the College 1
      Percent While Attending the College 50.00%
      After Training at the College 1
      Percent After Training at the College 50.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses 2
      In College District 2
      Percent In College District 100.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 0
      Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown 0
      Percent Location Unknown 0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2021
      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

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      Bassett Inc Tree Trimmer Verona
      Hooper Corporation Grounds AE442Person

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at

Ready to get started?
Your first step is to apply to Madison College. It's easy and free to apply, so get started today!
Contact the School of Human & Protective Services

Madison Truax Campus
Protective Services Building, 100

1701 Pearson Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704


  • Monday – Thursday 8 am - 5 pm
  • Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm