This 8-week program prepares individuals with the necessary skills for employment in various tree industries.  Course topics will focus on the fundamentals of vegetation management to include: tree identification; appropriate pruning and trimming techniques using handsaws, hand pruners, clippers, and power saws; using sophisticated climbing and rigging techniques; tree felling; and safe use and operation of equipment to include truck-mounted lifts and chippers.  Safety will be emphasized throughout the course.  In addition, students will have the opportunity to earn certifications in First Aid/CPR, OSHA 10hr, Flagger, and a Class B CDL Driver License. Training program is held at the Coastal Carolina Community College (CCCC) campus Monday-Friday from 0730-1630.

Requirements: CDL Class A Permit, DOT Physical/Drug screen

Course length: 280 hours

Prerequisites (must be provided at the time of registration)

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age
  2. Weight restrictions are limited to 275 lbs.
  3. DOT physical and drug test
  4. DMV driving history
  5. Valid NC Driver License

Registration and Fees

The amount due at the time of registration is $236.  This includes registration and insurance fees and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) materials to be given to students during class.  PPE items include hard hat, gloves, eyewear, OSHA card and Flagger book.

Please see the Registration and Fees page for details about the registration process.

Upcoming Classes

For details about upcoming classes, please see the Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.  If you have any questions or would like more information on this program, contact Continuing Education at 910.938.6294 or