Certified Arborist Prep Course

At the Certified Arborist Prep Course, gain the knowledge you need to pass the International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist exam.

This course provides fundamental knowledge in arboriculture for individuals interested in the ISA Certified Arborist Exam. Over the course of four days, this class offers instruction from local Certified Arborists on 16 topics covered in the ISA Certification Study Guide (included).


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. 

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.

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. Email Rebecca at rebecca@arborholic.com with any questions.  With this discount, the price of the class is $100, which includes the study guide and lunch each day.

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 and the Texas A&M Forest Service 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.  Thanks to funding from the Urban Forest Grant a discount is available for folks who live or work within the Austin MSA. Learn more about the Urban Forest Grant at www.austintexas.gov/ufgp