Meeting Information

ISA Arborist Certification Review & Exam


October 4, 2017 ~ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
October 5, 2017 ~ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Exam: October 5, 2017 ~ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Course Description:

This intensive, one and one-half day review program prepares individuals for the International Society of  Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist exam. The class includes a review of each chapter in the ISA Arborists’ Certification Study Guide. 

Participants are strongly advised to read the study guide in advance; copies are available from the Western Chapter ISA at 559-784-8733 or from ISA at 217-335-9411.

In addition to registering for the course through the WCISA, to be eligible to take the certification exam you must file an application with exam fees to the ISA, which must be received 15 working days before the exam date.  Prepayment is required. Forms are available online at or by calling 217-335-9411. No exceptions, no walk-ins.

This course is open to tree industry professionals, master gardeners, pest control industry professionals, and tree and garden enthusiasts, as well as to anyone who needs to prepare for the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist certification. 

Topics: Soil Management,  Identification and Selection, Installation and Establishment, Safe Work Practices, Tree Biology, Pruning, Diagnosis and Treatment, Urban Forestry, Tree Protection, and Tree Risk Management.

Course Schedule:

Wednesday – 10/4/17

8:00 Welcome, Lisa Smith, Past President WCISA
8:15     Urban Forestry, George Gonzalez
9:15     Tree Biology, Bill Spiewak 
10:30 BREAK
10:45   Safe Work Practices,  George Gonzalez
11:45 Soil Management, Bill Spiewak 
12:30 LUNCH (included)
1:15     Identification and Selection, Fred Roth 
2:20 Installation and Establishment, Lisa Smith  
3:10     BREAK
3:30   Pruning, Fred Roth
4:45 Q & A - Wrap

Thursday – 10/5/17                                                                        

8:00     Q & A from Day 1
8: 30 Diagnosis and Treatment, Fred Roth 
9:30     BREAK
9:45     Tree Protection, Bill Spiewak
10:45   Tree Risk Management, Lisa Smith 
11:45 Q & A Wrap
12:00 LUNCH (on your own)
1:00     Exam Check in 

Workshop fee:

$125.00 - Member
$175.00 - Non-Member

Must register before September 25, 2017.

Arborist Study Guide:

$84.95 - Member
$124.00 - Non-Member

Available for purchase from office.

Exam Fee:

$170.00 - Member
$280.00 - Non-Member

Course attendees must register separately through the ISA to be eligible to take the exam. Fees for the exam must be paid directly to ISA. ISA must receive the exam application and applicable fees no later then September 19, 2017.

To be eligible for the discounted rate, a candidate must be a current member of ISA and a current member of an ISA chapter or associate organization. ISA certification fees are separate and distinct from ISA membership dues and from ISA chapter or associate organization dues. 

Questions: Call Rose Epperson at 866.785.8960 or email


10 - CA / CTW / MS / US
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Long Beach Convention Center
300 East Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802