KC Tree Corps: Arborist Pre-Apprenticeship

Application Open for Spring 2024!

10-week course
32 hours a week (Monday – Thursday)
Pay: $16/hr 

Next session starts April 2024!

What is KC Tree Corps?

KC Tree Corps is a pre-apprenticeship certification program training participants to attain the skills necessary for an entry-level position in arboriculture or a related field. The pre-apprentice will gain skills through instruction and experience learning strategies. The curriculum includes work readiness skills, job-specific abilities and knowledge development. Upon completion of the 10-week course, pre-apprentices will have been exposed and/or received certificates in the following areas. 

  • 320 hours of paid, on-the-job and classroom training 
  • Gain certification and industry credentials including:
  • Ground Operations 1: Fundamentals (TCIA) 
  • Ground Operations 2: Chipper Specialist (TCIA) 
  • Ground Operations 3: Chain Saw Specialist (TCIA) 
  • Introduction to Arboriculture Safety (TCIA) 
  • OSHA-10 Training 
  • CPR/First-Aid Certification  
  • Heartland Tree Alliance Tree Keeper 

Gain fundamental skills for the workplace such as:

  • Professional communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Professional development skills and training
  • Computer skills with exposure to Google Maps, Microsoft Office Suite and ESRI Arc GIS
  • Leadership skills working as a team and with public advocacy and volunteerism


Contact Sarah Crowder

Our Partners:

City View Arbor

Main Street Tree Care

Cultivate KC

Prairie Birthday Farm

Loma Vista Nursery

Funding Provided By: