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Descriptions & Duties

  • Arborists cultivate, manage and study individual trees, hedgerows, shrubs and other perennial woody plants. They examine the health and value of tree, advise on the appearance improvement and maintaining a safe relationship between the trees.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Trade Specific Competencies

Arboricultural project management knowledge and skills

To lead arboricultural projects, Arborists must manage projects from start to finish. They must coordinate effectively with different professionals and clients and have to make choices to ensure that the projects are well completed on time and within budget.

Professional knowledge and skills in arboriculture

Arborists must always apply professional knowledge and skills in relation to Arboriculture to solve issues and problems at work.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • have bachelor's degree in the field of tree sciences or related fields, such as botany, biology, forestry, horticulture, landscape architecture, landscape management, landscape science or equivalent

Professional qualification

  • typically are qualified or certified by an accredited examination organisations, such as Certified Arborist of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Professional Member or Fellow of the Arboricultural Association of the United Kingdom, or Professional Member or Fellow of the Arboricultural Association of the United Kingdom, the European Tree Technician of the European Arboricultural Council, the Registered Qualified Arborist/ Registered Practicing Arborist/ Registered Consulting Arborist/ Registered Consulting and Practicing Arborist of the Arboriculture Australia; Or equivalent qualifications


  • usually 3 years of experience in Arborists related jobs

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $15,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$50,000

Monthly Salary $40,000-$70,000

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Arborists spend much of their time outdoors, inspecting, diagnosing and repairing trees.


  • Digital cameras
  • Electric chain saw
  • Hand pruners

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