Tree Care Technician

Technical Diploma

Area of Study: Science, Math and Natural Resources

Program number: 310017


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.

For the 2019-20 academic year, core classes will meet on the following days/times:
Mondays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Wednesday evenings between 5 and 8 p.m.
Fridays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Tree care classes are offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison – Truax

All courses for this program are offered only in person.


To Apply

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 


Contact Enrollment Services at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


​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

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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