Students who want to improve their tree climbing skills, either for arborist work or for recreational purposes, can find relevant certificate and standalone courses at colleges and universities around the country.
Schools with Tree Climbing Courses
These schools offer certificate programs or standalone courses that include tree climbing training:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Program Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Cornell University||Ithaca, NY||4-year, Public||Standalone Courses||$288-388**|
|Pennsylvania State University||University Park, PA||4-year, Public||Standalone Course||N/A|
|Mid-State Technical College||Wisconsin Rapids, WI||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $4,211 in-state
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Private||Standalone Course||$525**|
|Windward Community College||Kaneohe, HI||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,920 in-state
|Milwaukee Area Technical College||Milwaukee, WI||2-year, Public||Certificate||$4,360 in-state
|Allegany College of Maryland||Cumberland, MD||2-year, Public||Certificate||$3,660 in-district, $6,660 in-state
|Rutgers University||Newark, NJ||4-year, Public||Standalone Course||N/A|
|North Carolina State University||Raleigh, NC||4-year, Public||Standalone Course||$20-25**|
|University of Maine||Orono, ME||4-year, Public||Standalone Course||N/A|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **School websites
School Selection Criteria
Here are some things to consider when looking into tree climbing training courses:
- Some courses provide training for professional arborists, while others are aimed at recreational climbers. Prospective students should look for programs that coincide with their interests in the field.
- Aspiring arborists may want to find out what the pass rate is for graduates on voluntary professional certification exams, such as those offered by the Tree Care Industry Association and the International Society of Arboriculture.
- Prospective students may want to look for schools that have a tree climbing club or ascension group, which can provide extracurricular opportunities for tree climbing skill improvement.
- Tree climbing is an extremely physical activity. Whether enrolling in an arborist program or a recreational tree climbing course, prospective students should make sure they are physically fit enough to safely participate in tree climbing training.
Aspiring arborists and other tree workers can get the technical training they need through certificate programs. Students in these programs learn about the basics of tree care, and they may also take basic and/or advanced courses in tree climbing. Some programs include practicums, which can provide real-world experience in the field.
There are two types of standalone courses available in tree climbing. Some schools provide continuing education for arborists who want to build their skills in the field without committing to a full certificate program. Alternatively, students may enroll in recreational tree climbing programs, which are most commonly offered through schools' recreation centers. These are for students who want to learn how to climb trees for fun and fitness, not for professional tree work.
It is possible to find tree climbing training through certificate programs and standalone courses at colleges and universities. Students who are looking at programs should consider their educational goals when choosing between programs.