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., Jan. 30, 2019 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Thu., Jan. 31, 2019 (9:00 AM - 3:30 PM)
Wed., Feb. 6, 2019 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Thu., Feb. 7, 2019 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Where: Penn State Extension York County
112 Pleasant Acres Rd.
York, Pennsylvania 17402
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registration deadline: January 29, 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, January 30, 2019
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Thursday, February 7, 2019

09:00 am Introduction to Arborist Certification

09:15 am Tree Biology

12:30 pm Lunch (provided)

01:00 pm Tree Species Identification

09:00 am Review of Day 1 / Homework Discussion

09:30 am Tree Pruning and the ANSI A300

11:00 am Trees People and Ecology

12:00 pm Lunch (provided)

01:00 pm Tree Selection

02:00 pm Installation and Establishment

09:00 am Review of Day 2 / Homework Discussion

09:30 am Tree and Soil Relations

11:00 am Water Management / Plant Nutrition and Fertilization

12:00 pm Lunch (provided)

12:30 pm Diagnosis and Identification of Insect and Disease Pests

09:00 am Review of Day 3 / Homework Discussion

09:15 am Tree Risk Assessment and Management

10:15 am Trees and Construction

11:15 am Tree Worker Safety—ANSI Z133 Standard

12:00 pm Lunch (provided)

01:00 pm Climbing and Working in the Trees

02:30 pm Cabling, Bracing, and Lightning Protection

04:00 pm Post Quiz


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