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Certified Arborist Prep Course



December 5-7, 2022



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

ISA Testing - December 8, 2022 

To take the exam, all attendees must APPLY and ENROLL with a separate application through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Here is the link to access the application and enrollment details. Attendees must be enrolled in a test by November 22, 2022!

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.
  • All registrants must be prepaid – Walk-Ins will not be accepted.
  • LIMIT: 20 attendees each day

    Comfort Inn - East Lansing
    2187 University Park Dr, Okemos, MI 48864
    (517) 347 6690
    Rate: $99.00 + taxes (King/Double Bed)
    Call the hotel directly and reference ISA Michigan to receive the group rate

  • $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, December 5th - 8:00am-4:00pm
7:30a - 8:00a Registration
8:00a - 10:00a Chapter 8 - Tree Pruning - Keith Byville
10:00a - 10:15a BREAK
10:15a - 12:15p Chapter 16 - Climbing and Working in Trees - Keith Byville
12:15a - 1:00p LUNCH
1:00p - 2:30pm Chapter 1 - Tree Biology Geoff Kempter
2:30p - 2:45p BREAK
2:45p - 4:00p Chapter 4 - Water Management Geoff Kempter

Tuesday, December 6th - 8:00am - 4:00pm
7:45a - 8:00a Registration/ Check - in
8:00a - 9:30a Chapter 5 - Tree Nutrition & Fertilization Dana Davis
9:30a - 10:45a Chapter 11 - Plant Health Care Dana Davis
10:45a - 11:00a BREAK
11:00a - 12:15p Chapter 3 - Tree Installation and Establishment - Paul Swartz
12:15p - 1:00p - LUNCH
1:00p - 2:15p - Chapter 13 - Trees and Construction - Paul Swartz
2:15p - 2:30p - BREAK
2:30p - 3:30p - Chapter 15 - Tree Worker Safety - Charity Barnes
3:30p - 4:30p - Chapter 9 - Tree Support and Lightning Protection - Charity Barnes


Wednesday, December 7th - 8:00am-5:00pm
7:45a - 8:00a - Registration/ Check in
8:00a - 9:15a - Chapter 3 - Soil Science Jeremy Hertz
9:15a - 9:30a - BREAK
9:30a - 10:30a - Chapter 6 - Tree ID Jeremy Hertz
10:30a - 11:15a - Chapter 6 Tree Selection Jeremy Hertz
11:15a - 12:15p - Chapter 12 - Tree Assessment/Risk Assessment - Kay Sichender 
12:15p - 1:00p - LUNCH 
1:00p - 2:30p - Chapter 10 - Diagnosis and Plant Disorders - Kay Sichender
2:30p - 2:45p - BREAK
2:45p - 3:45p - Chapter 14 - Urban Forestry - Kay Sicheneder

The health and safety of our attendees is a priority, and we are mindful of the ever-changing environment with the pandemic. We are following the most up-to-date guidelines for an in-person event.

Monday, December 5, 2022 to Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Okemos Event Center
2187 University Park Dr.
Okemos, MI  48864
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Annie Kruise
517-337-4999 (p)
Registration is closed
Payment In Full In Advance Only
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Certified Arborist Study Guide
Full 3 Day Class
One Day Only - Monday, December 5
One Day Only - Tuesday, December 6
One Day Only - Wednesday, December 7