Certified Arborist Prep Course


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 program is helping to implement Austin’s Urban Forest Plan with support from the Urban Forest Replenishment Fund.  The classes and program are subsidized by the City of Austin and carried out by the partnership efforts of Arborholic, LLC and the Texas A&M Forest.

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 for more information.  With this discount, the price of the class is $100, which includes the study guide and lunch each day.

Scholarships are available.  Complete the application by September 15 for consideration.

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.

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.


The Fall class will be held October 5 & 12 and November 2 & 9 at the Austin Recreation Center, 1301 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78701.  Registration is now open.