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What you need to know about starting a career as an arboriculture

Mar 2

What you need to know about starting a career as an arboriculture

Arborist, tree surgeon, arborist, or Baumpflegerin, all are terms used to describe professionals in the arboriculture sector. Arboriculture can be found everywhere there are trees.

Arboriculture refers to the cultivation, management, and study of trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants. It's a broad term that covers a wide range of activities. It includes choosing the right tree for a location, caring for trees throughout their entire lives, and even removing dead trees.

Arborists are focused on trees and not isolated tree bubbles. Arborists are different from foresters because they focus only on the individual tree. The care of trees includes many tasks: planting, pruning and diagnosing, treating, and removing trees when necessary.

All these work phases have the core requirements of

  • Being safety-conscious.
  • Knowledge of the science behind the problem.
  • The ability to complete the task accurately.

If the trainee approaches the task with curiosity, humility, and a positive attitude we can teach them all the skills they need to be an arborist in Kansas City MO.

What Makes an Arborist a Good One?

Tree work is dangerous by nature, but arborists can minimize these dangers by being respectful and taking care of their work. For tree crew success, it is important to be alert and have a healthy sense of self-preservation. Tree care is best done in a group because of the risks involved. To be successful, arborists must be able to work as part of a team. If the hours get longer or the situation becomes more stressful, it is crucial to work in a team. But, it is difficult to compare the satisfaction of working in a team on complex projects and seeing the final results of your hard work at night.

Tree Trimmers Kansas City uses a scientific approach to tree care. Our work practices are based on industry-standard Best Managed Practices. We base our recommendations on current knowledge of tree physiology. Although a degree in a related field can be helpful, it is not required. The most important thing is your curiosity and desire to understand trees and the issues they face. Many arborists have learned their entire knowledge through self-study and continuing education seminars. Our two ISA Board Certified Master Arborists are just two examples of this.

It's hard work, and there is no other way to describe it. It's very technical, physically, and mentally demanding. It is rewarding, as few other careers offer such a strong sense of achievement. Tree climbing can feel like art in motion. Using hydraulic equipment with ease can make it seem like the operator is extending their body. As with all careers, learning the skills necessary to be an arborist is not easy.

How can I become an Arborist?

The first stages of a career in Arboriculture are usually the same. The trainee arborist needs to develop situational awareness, be able to use equipment and tools safely, identify trees and other plants, as well as learn modern Best Management Practices. Arborist skills can't easily be taught in college. A career as an arborist is only possible through hands-on, on-the-job training. Particularly for trainee arborists looking to work aloft using ropes and aerial lift equipment.

Tree Trimmers Kansas City utilizes the Tree Care Industry Association's Tree Care Academy Career Pathway. This pathway provides additional training and the skills necessary to become an arborist and work with a crew of tree removal and pruning crews.

Tree Care Academy is an online learning program that combines on-the-job skill checks and online coursework. Tree Care Academy ensures that our training program is compliant with all OSHA and ANSI standards. It is also a foundation for continuing safety training and career-long skill development.


Tree Trimmers Kansas City

1503 N 5th St, Kansas City, KS 66101, USA

(913) 382 8880