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Certified Arborist Prep Course



March 27-29, 2023



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

ISA Testing - March 30, 2023 

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 March 15, 2023!

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, March 27 
7:30am -8:00am Registration
8:00am - 9:00am Chapter 15 - Tree Worker Safety - Keith Byville
9:00am - 10:00am Chapter 16 - Climbing and Working in Trees - Keith Byville
10:00am - 10:15am - BREAK
11:15am - 12:15pm - Chapter 9 - Tree Support and Lightning Protection - Keith Byville
12:15pm - 1:00pm - LUNCH
1:00pm - 2:15pm - Chapter 3 - Tree Installation and Establishment - Paul Swartz
2:15pm - 2:30pm - BREAK
2:30pm - 3:45pm - Chapter 13 - Trees and Construction - Paul Swartz

Tuesday, March 28
7:45am - 8:00am - Registration
8:00am - 9:15am - Chapter 3 - Soil Science - David Fraker
9:15am - 10:15am - Chapter 2 - Tree ID - David Fraker
10:15am - 10:30am - BREAK
10:30am - 11:15am - Chapter 6 - Tree Selection - David Fraker
11:15am - 12:15pm - Chapter 8 - Tree Pruning 1 - Dana Davis
12:15pm - 12:45pm - LUNCH
12:45pm - 1:45pm - Chapter 8 - Tree Pruning 2 - Dana Davis
1:45pm - 2:00pm - BREAK
2:00pm - 3:30pm - Chapter 5 - Tree Nutrition & Fertilization - Dana Davis
3:30pm - 4:45pm - Chapter 11 - Plant Health Care - Dana Davis 

Wednesday, March 29
7:45am - 8:00am - Check in
8:00am - 9:30am - Chapter 1 - Tree Biology Geoff Kempter
9:30am - 10:45am - Chapter 4 - Water Mgmt - Geoff Kempter
10:45am - 11:00 - BREAK
11:00am - 12:00pm - Chapter 12 - Tree Assessment/Risk Assessment - Kay Sicheneder
12:00pm - 12:30pm LUNCH
12:30pm - 2:00pm - Chapter 10 - Diagnosis and Plant Disorders - Kay Sicheneder
2:00pm - 2:15pm - BREAK
2:15pm - 3:15pm - 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, March 27, 2023 to Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Okemos Event Center
2187 University Park Dr.
Okemos, MI  48864
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Annie Kruise
517-337-4999 (p)
Registration is required before Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 5:00 PM
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Activities/Items    (Click the down-arrow to the left of the activity/item to view the details)
Certified Arborist Study Guide
Full 3 Day Class
One Day Only - Monday, March 27
One Day Only - Tuesday, March 28
One Day Only - Wednesday, March 29