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Certified Arborist Prep Course

November 9-11, 2020


This 3-day course can be taken in its entirety, or as individual days according to the registration fees listed below.

Course - November 9-11

ISA Testing - November 12 (separate registration to ISA required by October 31)

This course is beneficial to the following people:

  • Experienced tree care professionals taking the exam for the first time. Note: Exam eligibility requirements: 3 yrs experience in arboriculture, or a 2 yr degree in arboriculture and 2 yrs of experience, or a 4 yr degree in a related field and 1 year practical experience.
  • Other professionals wishing to become a Certified Arborist
  • Anyone re-taking the certified arborist exam.
  • Those desiring CEU credits toward maintaining certification and to expand their knowledge.

The Value of an ISA Credential - ISA credentials are valued and trusted because they let consumers know that you possess a high degree of knowledge about caring for and maintaining trees. When developing an exam, a panel of subject matter experts from around the world completes a job task analysis, and then writes an exam that encompasses the defined skills. ISA credentials build expert knowledge and reflect the professional skills sought by leaders from the public and private sectors, including training, academia and government organizations.


  • The course will run each day from 8am-5pm.
  • Registration/Check-in begins at 7:30am each day.
  • Morning snacks/beverages and lunch are provided each day.
  • Cancellations prior to November 5 will incur a $50 cancellation fee. Refunds will not be given after November 5.
  • All registrants must be prepaid – Walk-Ins will not be accepted.
  • LIMIT: 30 attendees each day

  • $240 ISA Michigan Member Full Course
  • $280 Non Member Full Course
  • $105 Daily rate Member (for those looking to get education on specific topics per day)
  • $145 Daily rate Non Member (for those looking to get education on specific topics per day)


Refund requests for event registration fees must be submitted in writing via email or mail no later than 7 days prior to the start of an event to receive a refund. A $50.00 administration fee will be assessed for all cancellations. Refund requests received less than 7 days prior to the start of the event will not be accepted.

Event registration serves as a contract between the registrant and ISA Michigan. Payment for event registration is the responsibility of the registrant. The registrant agrees to these terms and the contract becomes active upon ISA Michigan receiving the completed registration via email or mail.

This Prep Course is approved for 24 CEUS from ISA for the full course. There are 8 CEUs offered each day.

Monday, November 9
Chapter 1-Tree Biology
Chapter 2-Tree ID
Chapter 3-Soil Science
Chapter 6-Tree Selection
Chapter 7-Tree Installation & Establishment
Chapter 13-Trees and Construction

Tuesday, November 10
Chapter 8-Tree Pruning
Chapter 9-Tree Support and Lightening Protection
Chapter 15-Tree Worker Safety
Chapter 16-Climbing & Working in Trees

Wednesday, November 11
Chapter 4-Water Management
Chapter 5-Tree Nutrition & Fertilization
Chapter 10-Diagnosis and Plant Disorders
Chapter 11-Plant Health Care
Chapter 12-Tree Assessment/Risk Management

Chapter 14-Urban Forestry

Monday, November 9, 2020 to Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Fenner Nature Center
The Susan & Jack Davis Nature Pavilion
2020 E Mount Hope Ave
Lansing, MI  48910

(517) 483-4224
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
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Certified Arborist Study Guide
Full 3 Day Class
One Day Only - Monday, Nov 9
One Day Only - Tuesday, Nov 10
One Day Only - Wednesday, Nov 11