Hoppe’s Arborist Apprenticeship Program

Written by: August Hoppe, President Hoppe Tree Service, Certified Arborist WI-0477A


The labor shortage has been making big headlines lately and affects multiple industries. The fact

is employers must get more creative in finding new ways to recruit and retain employees. The

tree care industry is no exception. Over the last few years, Hoppe Tree Service has helped build

Wisconsin’s first Arborist Apprenticeship Program. The program makes the tree industry more

attractive for new employees and provides a pathway to becoming a skilled arborist over three

years. This program is now being used by other states and tree care companies around the nation.



Several Hoppe apprentices completed their program coursework in Spring 2021