Ground Worker Training Program

Industry-relevant training based on life in the field!

The Arborist Ground Worker Training Program provides job seekers with industry training that enhances productivity, safety and efficiency with groundwork, while also improving communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills — all in a practical learning environment that mimics the workplace setting!

Arborist Ground Worker Training Program
(SkillsAdvance Ontario)

About the Training Providers

The Arborist Ground Worker Training Program is an industry-driven partnership initiative delivered between The Career Foundation, the International Society of Arboriculture, Ontario Chapter (ISAO) and the Ontario Commercial Arborists Association (OCAA).

Funding Provided by

The Arborist Ground Worker Training Program is made possible through the SkillsAdvance Ontario (SAO) pilot project funding from the Government of Ontario, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD). As a sector-focused workforce development pilot, SAO supports partnerships that bring together employers with employment and training providers. The goal is to develop a pool of job-ready, skilled workers that meet employers’ workforce development needs.

Program Details

*New for 2020-21:
The program has expanded! We will be delivering the program in two separate sessions. The first session will be offered in Toronto, Ontario and the second session will be offered in London, Ontario. Candidates are encouraged to apply for the session that is most convenient for transportation.

Session Dates:

  • Toronto, Ontario: November 23, 2020 – February 26, 2021

  • London, Ontario: January 25, 2021 – April 16, 2021


A paid industry work placement will follow. Toronto student work placements occur March – April 2021. London placements occur April – May 2021.

Graduates complete the program with an Arborist Ground Worker Qualification and will receive post-employment support services until 2022.

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Arborist Ground Worker Training Program – Information for Employers

Employers who meet the eligibility criteria may be able to hire program graduates.

Benefits for Employers

  • Access to a pool of trained Ground Workers

  • Apply for SAO Placement Support Funds to mediate training costs

  • Create jobs for people facing unemployment or underemployment

  • Employ individuals with up-to-date techniques and health and safety practices

  • Gain support from our program staff

  • Guide and train the next generation of Arborists

  • Work with motivated and committed graduates equipped with all necessary personal protective equipment (PPE).


Employer Eligibility

Employers eligible to hire workers from our Arborist Ground Worker Training program must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Registered and licensed to operate in Ontario

  • Complies with all relevant legislation including human rights legislation, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Employment Standards Act, and Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

  • Provides employment in Ontario

  • Maintains appropriate WSIB or alternative workplace insurance coverage with adequate third party liability insurance

  • Does not hire students to displace existing staff

  • Does not receive government funds from any other source for the same training and job placement services.

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