New Zealand Apprenticeship in Arboriculture

Level 3 and Level 4


Level of study

Level 3 and Level 4

Cost (incl GST)

From $2,875.00*


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).

Learning outcomes

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.

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