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Most trimmer positions do not require formal education except for perhaps a high school diploma or a GED. Trimmers gain experience on-the-job, learning how to safely navigate tasks, operate equipment and treat trees so as to maintain their health. Aspiring trimmers can add value to their resume by enhancing their skills in attention to detail, learning to identify different trees, plants or marijuana strains or gaining competency in the use of fertilizers and pesticides.
Beyond attention to detail and knowledge about different pesticides, trimmers must have a lot of physical stamina. As a trimmer's work is primarily physical, aspiring trimmers should be able to commit to working long hours regardless of the weather.
All grounds maintenance workers, including trimmers, may be able to attain an advanced position. If a trimmer possesses communication skills, dedication and a good work ethic, they may be able to move up to a supervisor position. Over time, a trimmer may take their years of experience and begin their own company.