New Zealand Apprenticeship in Arboriculture
Level 3 and Level 4
Level of study
Level 3 and Level 4
Cost (incl GST)
28 months. Start any time.
Learners must be employed in the sector.
* Programme part of Government’s Free Trades Training initiative which may mean a subsidised price.
This comprehensive programme is ideal for people who are currently working in the industry with some general work experience and who have a desire to develop a career in Arboriculture.
Apprentices will learn skills to allow them to work in a self-managed capacity with some responsibility for other staff and have an overview of key aspects of Arboriculture operations.
An apprenticeship will give you the skills to become a valued working arborist and is a step further on the path to becoming a fully qualified arborist. You’ll need to gain level 5 qualifications to be a fully qualified arborist.
The apprenticeship takes 28 months to complete and employees can start any time.
Off-job tutorials on 10 Days (5 for Level 3, 5 for Level 4).
After completing each NZ Certificate, graduates will have learned the following:
Level 3 (12 months):
- work as an effective member of a team including communication and interaction with team members and colleagues
- demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety
- demonstrate basic chainsaw operation and rules of use
- use a brushwood chipper
- carry out ground person duties
- climb trees and undertake one-person aerial rescue
- demonstrate an understanding of plant structure, functions, processes, use correct plant nomenclature and identify trees
- demonstrate an understanding of Codes of Practice and guidelines for arboriculture
- demonstrate an understanding of tree work safety near electrical hazards
- fell and limb trees under supervision
- demonstrate an understanding of pruning and prune young amenity trees and shrubs
- plant trees.
Level 4 (16 months):
- supervise and provide instruction to team members using a range of effective communication and interpersonal skills relevant to an unsupervised, working arborist
- climb difficult trees, branch walk and undertake aerial rescue above 15 metres
- prune mature amenity trees
- demonstrate understanding of soil properties and their effect on plant growth
- maintain a chainsaw
- identify amenity tree health problems
- identify and present trees found in arboriculture situations
- conduct visual tree assessments
- undertake sectional felling in arboriculture tree work
- use advanced rigging in arboriculture tree work
- use advanced felling techniques in arboriculture.