Arborist Short Course

Attend this four-day course to prepare for the ISA Certified Arborist exam and improve your marketability!
Arborist Short Course - Workshops
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Language: English

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When: Wed., May 1, 2019 (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)
Thu., May 2, 2019 (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)
Wed., May 8, 2019 (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)
Thu., May 9, 2019 (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)

Where: Boyce Four Seasons Lodge
901 Centerview Dr.
Plum, Pennsylvania 15239
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registration deadline: April 24, 2019
11:59 p.m.

Designed to increase working-tree knowledge and professional arborist skills, successful completion of the four-day Arborist Short Course will prepare participants for the ISA Certified Arborist exam, as well as improve their marketability.

Today there is an increased awareness by homeowners and municipalities for the need of trained and knowledgeable tree care workers. The green industry has responded to this demand for trained professionals by creating certification programs, such as the Arborist Short Course.

Certified Arborists Examination

This course provides training for people interested in taking the International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborists Examination. Further details can be found on the Pennsylvania Tree Resource Guide site.


ISA Certified Arborist, PCH, and PA Landscape Architect CEUs and Pesticide Credits are available.

Who is this for?
  • Entry level arborists
  • Individuals interested in taking the ISA Certified Arborist Exam
  • Arborists that need a refresher
What will you learn?
  • The basics of tree biology
  • Tree risk assessment skills
  • How to plant trees
  • How to diagnose tree diseases and arthropod pests
  • How to care for trees
  • How to manage soil and provide nutrition for trees
  • How to prune in accordance with ANSI standards
  • How to safely climb trees
  • Construction impacts and management


Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Thursday, May 9, 2019

08:30 am Registration / Pre-Quiz

08:45 am Becoming Certified

09:00 am Tree Biology

12:00 pm Lunch (provided)

12:45 pm Tree and Soil Relations

02:30 pm Plant Water Management

03:30 pm Plant Nutrition and Fertilization

04:15 pm Assign Homework

09:00 am Trees, People, and Ecological Function

10:15 am Woody Plant Pruning and the ANSI Standards

12:00 pm Lunch (provided)

12:45 pm Woody Plant Pruning and the ANSI Standards (cont'd)

02:30 pm Tree Species Identification

04:15 pm Assign Homework

08:30 pm Review of Day 1 / Homework Discussion

08:30 am Review of Day 2 / Homework Discussion

09:00 am Site Analysis and Species Selection

10:30 am Installation and Establishment

12:00 pm Lunch (provided)

12:45 pm Diagnosis and Management of Diseases

04:00 pm Assign Homework

08:30 am Review of Day 3 / Homework Discussion

09:00 am Tree Worker Safety

10:30 am Cabling and Bracing

11:30 am Lightning Protection

12:00 pm Lunch (provided)

12:45 pm Saftey, Cabling, and Cracing (cont'd)

01:30 pm Trees and Construction

02:45 pm Tree Risk Assessment and Management

04:15 pm Wrap-up / Evaluations


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