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Winter 2023 Certified Arborist Prep Course & Review

Dec 06, 2023 - Dec 07, 2023

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Course overview

Participants of this two-day workshop will receive professional instruction that improves their technical competency as an arborist in the tree care industry.  As sponsors of this prepratory course, the NC Urban Forest Council, NC Coooperative Extension, and Southern Chapter of ISA seek to accomplish the following objectives:

  1. Create incentives for nascent arborists to continue their professional development.
  2. Provide the public with a means to identify tree care professionals who have demonstrated trusted competency in tree care practices, through a professionally developed education program and exam. 
Course topics
  • Installation and establishment
  • Tree identification and selection
  • Tree biology
  • Soil and water relations
  • Tree nutrients and fertilizer
  • Tree risk assessment
  • Pruning
  • Cabling and bracing
  • Insects and diseases
  • Tree safety

Whether you choose to take the ISA Certified Arborist Exam or simply attend the workshop as a refresher course, your involvement will keep your professional development on the fast track.

Lunch will be provided

Certification exam

Course participants can sit for the certified arborist exam on 8 December 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Guilford County Cooperative Extension Center.

Register for the exam directly through the International Society of Arboriculture at their exam weblink.  The exam is not included in the prep course registration.  

Cost for the exam is $170 among ISA and Chapter members; $280 among non-members.  

You must submit your examination application and fees by 20 November 2023.

If you have examination questions, contact the International Society of Arboriculture online or at (888) 472-8733.

Why pursue certification?

Certified Arborist recognition is given by the International Society of America to any individual who:

  1. Meets eligibility requirements to sit for the examination
  2. Successfully completes the exam
  3. Maintains the necessary number of continuing education units to recertify after three years

Approved CEU credits:
  • International Society of Arboriculture -- 12.25 credits CA / 5.25 credits MS / 5 credits BCMA Science /  4.75 credits BCMA Practice / 2.5 credits BCMA Management
  • Society of American Foresters -- 10.5 Cat 1 / 1.5 Cat 2 credits
  • NC Landscape Contractor Licensing Board -- 5 landscape credits  
  • NC Pesticide GNDX -- 1.5 credits

CEU credits pending approval:   
  • NC Board of Landscape Architect -- up to 5 credits                  

Guilford County Cooperative Extension Center, 3309 Burlington Road, Greensboro, NC 27405



Non-Member Early Fee Amount: $125.00
Non-Member Late Fee Amount: $125.00
Member Early Fee Amount: $100.00
Member Late Fee Amount: $100.00

Download Documents

Arborists' Certification Study Guide

if you are in need of a study guide for the Certified Arborist exam, please order one upon registration.  It will be mailed to the postal address listed on your registration form.  If you need a Spanish version, please email the Program Manager.



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