arboriculture student climbing tree

Arboriculture

Arboriculture: The art and science of planting, caring for and maintaining trees.

If you have a green thumb and are passionate about the environment, set yourself up with a career in arboriculture! This isn’t your usual 9-5 office job; you’ll work outside in all sorts of weather, never on the same project twice, and you’ll be able to work for a company or start out on your own as a contractor. 

The work of an arborist can include anything from tree identification, biology, health, appearance and pest and disease control, to climbing, rigging, tree surgery, tree removal and transplanting. 

Arboriculture is a practical and hands-on profession, so we can’t expect you to learn everything in a classroom. Instead, you’ll work on real projects, go on field trips, carry out pruning and felling operations, use small machinery, plant out vegetation and learn all the rigging and tree climbing skills safely at the Hamilton Gardens.

Work Experience and Industry Connections

How does two days a week working in the industry sound? Plus, we’ll make sure you get all the practical work experience possible to supplement your studies and take you on field trips to regional councils for work experience, such as McLaren Falls in Tauranga and Eastwood Hill, the National Arboretum in Gisborne.

 

No Better Place to Study

Wintec is New Zealand's leading training provider in arboriculture and is internationally recognised as producing world-class arborists. Part of this is down to the location of our Hamilton Gardens Campus: a 58-hectare learning environment of public gardens with an incredible variety of trees.

Programmes

Our students will typically study for two years to develop the skills and knowledge to work in arboriculture, and graduate with a New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4). If you want to start working after the first year, you’ll still have the New Zealand Certificate in Applied Horticultural Services (Level 3) (Arboriculture) to back up your skills and technical knowledge. 

First year

In the first year students will study the Applied Horticultural Services (Level 3) (Arboriculture).

Regional students may study the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) or the Applied Horticultural Services (Level 3) (Arboriculture).

Students who choose to complete their study after the first year will have the skills to work as a skilled labourer in this area.

In your second semester you will study the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) Arboriculture.

Higher Level

If you wish to progress to management roles, you will be able to continue to higher level study:

Our Programmes

Professional Programmes / Short Courses

Facilities

Wintec is New Zealand’s leading provider in arboriculture and we are internationally recognised as a producer of world-class arborists. Part of this is down to the location of our Hamilton Gardens Campus: a 58-hectare environment of public gardens with an incredible variety of trees.

Pathways

Landscape Design and Construction pathway diagram

About the Faculty

Welcome to the Centre for Applied Science and Primary Industries!

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