Job requirements Arborist in Canada

Find out what you typically need to work as an arborist in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists (NOC 2225).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

  • Completion of a university or college program in agronomy, arboriculture, horticulture, landscaping, landscape design or landscape technology is usually required.
  • Experience as a landscape and grounds maintenance labourer may be required for golf course superintendents, landscape gardeners and landscapers.
  • An apprenticeship program is available for horticulturists, arboriculturists and landscape gardeners.
  • A provincial licence to apply chemical fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides and pesticides may be required.
  • In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body is required to use the title of Professional Technologist.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated in your province or territory.

Table listing provincial regulation requirements
Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Alberta Landscape Horticulturist Regulated Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office, Government of Alberta
British Columbia Arborist Technician Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Horticultural Technician Foundation Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Horticulturalist (production) Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Landscape Horticulturalist Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Tree Assessor (dangerous Trees) Regulated Western Forestry Contractors’ Association
Manitoba Arborist Regulated Forestry Branch, Manitoba Sustainable Development
Landscape Horticulturist Regulated Forestry Branch, Manitoba Sustainable Development
New Brunswick Landscape Horticulturist Regulated Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification, Government of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Landscape Horticulturalist Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division, Departmant of Advanced Education and Skills of Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia Landscape Horticulturist Regulated Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Ontario Arborist Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Utitlity Arborist Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Horticultural Technician Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Prince Edward Island Landscape Horticulturist Regulated Apprenticeship Training and Skilled Trade Certification, Government of Prince Edward Island
Saskatchewan Horticulture Technician Regulated Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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