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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:
30 Credits | Finish training in as little as 1 year (programs vary)
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$5,035.00

$4,230.00 Tuition
$805.00 Materials/Supplemental Costs
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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 these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison – Truax

    Careers

    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

    Resources

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 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
    Second Semester
    Select one of the following practicum courses:
  • 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 2021 Application Dates

    • Application available on September 15, 2020
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2021

    Fall 2022 Application Dates

    • Application available on September 15, 2021
    • 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. 

    Questions?

    Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu 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
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Madison Truax Campus
Protective Services Building, 100

1701 Pearson Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704

hps@madisoncollege.edu
608.243.5400

Hours

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