Arboriculture, is a specialised field involving pruning, felling, transplanting and maintaining the health of trees and shrubs. If you love working outdoors and want a hands-on, physical job, you could become a qualified Tree Surgeon with our qualification.


Arborist climbing a tree using a rope and pulley system that is attached to a safety harness

Our Arboriculture course will give you the skills to care for and maintain trees – no matter what their height. The horticulture industry is diverse and qualified, experienced arborists are in demand, not only in this country but across the world.

The best part about studying with us is the hands-on way you will learn. Field trips and work experience are important parts of this qualification and will help you to connect with those already working in this dynamic industry.

If you’re dreaming of an outdoor career filled with challenges and excitement (and can handle heights), then arboriculture might be just right for you!

Arboriculture qualification


This industry-standard qualification will provide you with the knowledge and skills to carry out tree maintenance and management activities at heights, including tree removal. Graduates will receive both the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Arboriculture) (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Arboriculture) (Level 4).


1 Year Full-time


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Career potential

Qualified Arborist, Tree Surgeon

Chris Conklin

Chris Conklin

Inspired by videos of arborists at work, Chris took a chance and embarked on a new direction in tree surgery. He’s discovered a fulfilling career and created a successful business.

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