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What Is a Tree Climber and How to Become One

What Does a Tree Climber Do?

A tree climber, or tree trimmer, specializes in climbing tall trees to access limbs for removal. As a tree climber, your duty is to use safety equipment and other tools to remove limbs which often pose a threat to the property. You work under the supervision of an experienced arboriculture professional who can advise you on the best removal tactics. You must work with your team to remove the dead or damaged branches without causing harm to yourself or the property below.

How to Become a Tree Climber

To become a tree climber, you may need a high school diploma or GED certificate. Additionally, an associate degree in arboriculture or a related field may give you an advantage when finding a tree trimmer job, but a vocational school certificate is enough for most positions. Through these education programs, you study the basics of arboriculture and tree trimming. However, on-the-job training and experience are crucial to succeeding in this position.