Austin Certified Arborist Prep Course

At the Austin Certified Arborist Prep Course, gain the knowledge & tools you need to pass the ISA Certified Arborist exam.

This course helps attendees gain an increased knowledge of practices pertaining to the care of trees as they prepare to take the ISA Certified Arborist Exam. Over the course of 4 days, this class offers instruction from local Certified Arborists on 16 topics covered in the ISA Certification Study Guide (included). Participants are strongly advised to read the Study Guide and reach out to the teaching cadre with questions between sessions.


This course is beneficial to the following people:

  • Experienced tree care professionals taking the exam for the first time.

  • Other professionals wishing to become a Certified Arborist.

  • Anyone re-taking the certified arborist exam.

  • Anyone interested in learning more about tree care.

Classes are offered twice each year.  Registration is open for Fall 2019.

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.

Scholarships sponsored by the City of Austin are available to qualified candidates.

Recognizing the importance of good tree care for our urban forest, the City of Austin’s Development Services Community Tree Preservation Division has partnered with Arborholic, LLC, the Texas A&M Forest Service and Lower Colorado River Authority to provide training to help green industry workers prepare to take the ISA Certified Arborist exam.  The course is available to anyone who is interested in learning more about proper tree care. 

Live or work within the Austin MSA?  Arborists who live or work within the Austin Metropolitan Statistical area qualify for a discount provided by the City of Austin, thanks to funding from the Urban Forest Grant. Learn more about the Urban Forest Grant at  Email Rebecca at with any questions.  With this discount, the price of the class is $100, which includes the study guide and lunch each day. 


“I took this class in advance of the ISA Certified Arborist exam. This course was not only a great refresher, but taught me a lot of new things and was critical to ultimately passing the exam with flying colors.”
— past participant
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