Tree Care Apprentice

Helps meet OSHA and ANSI Z133.1 safety standards. 

An Orientation to Arboriculture Profession

What Do Arborist Do?

Put Safety First

Tree care crews work as teams to ensure a safe workday for all. You are now part of a company and tree care crew that will teach you how to work safely and efficiently. Safety is the most important portion of your job. It is the corner stone of our profession. 

Provide public safety

Arborist protect the public by removing hazardous limbs and trees. Arborist also provide utility line clearance to limit the possibility of electrocutions and power failures cause when trees contact conductors. 

Care for Trees

Trees are among the largest, most beneficial, and longest living organisms on earth. In fact, some trees can live for hundreds or even thousands of years. Trees provide many benefits to people, such as:

  • help produce the oxygen we breathe
  • protect the atmosphere by storing carbon dioxide
  • beautify neighborhoods
  • reduce cooling costs by providing shade
  • reduce heating cost by providing windbreaks
  • reduce erosion and water pollution by limiting runoff
  • increase property values

Arborists care for trees by pruning, repairing storm damage, fertilizing, controlling pests, and installing support systems so that trees can provide benefits to people today, as well as future generations. 

What It Means To Be a Tree Care Professional

Types of work

Tree care professionals enjoy the opportunity to perform varied tasks throughout the workday instead of the same task over and over again.

In a typical day you might be asked to complete any or al/ of the following tasks:

   choose and load equipment

•   inspect equipment and vehicles

   choose and inspect personal protective equipment

•   read a work order

   Inspect a work site and identify hazards in a job briefing

•   talk with clients

   setup a work site

•   flag vehicular and pedestrian traffic

   assist a tree climber in rigging and removing limbs and tree sections

•   remove a tree

   prune small trees and shrubs

•   refuel, sharpen and/or operate a chain saw

•   limb and buck trees on the ground

operate a chipper or other specialized equipment

   cleanup a job site

Physical demands

Tree work requires physical labor. Tree workers must complete various physical task throughout the workday without becoming over fatigued. Tree workers must have the ability to complete this work without jeopardizing their own safety or the safety of others. 

Tree workers should meet these basic requirements:

•                   ability to lift relatively heavy loads

                   physical mobility for work operations

•                   stamina to perform a full day's labor, every day of the week

                   ability to work long hours

•                   ability to work in various weather conditions

                   ability to operate equipment, work safely, and exposed to the weather without being impaired

Note: If unsure about effects of prescription drugs, consent with your pharmacist and/or physician. If you are t king medication that impairs your ability to perform your job, you have an obligation to inform your supervisor or your employer before you place yourself or someone else at risk.

Potential hazards

The following are the most common types of injury in tree care.

Slips, trips, and falls

These are commonly caused by poor footing on the ground. 



Which of the following is not acceptable for safe lifting?

  • lifting with your legs
  • holding the load as close to your body as possible
  • tightening your stomach muscles as you lift
  • lifting with your legs