Arborist Courses

ARBORIST COURSES


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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ISA EXAM PREPARATION
This course is designed for park professionals, tree pruners, landscape architects and gardeners who are preparing to write the International Society of Arboriculture Certification exam. Topics cover the areas in the exam, including tree identification, plant physiology, pruning, installation and establishment. The textbook (Arborists Certification Study Guide) is available at Pacific Arborist Supplies (604-924-3361) for approximately $165.

TREE IDENTIFICATION – INTRODUCTION
There are over 100 different species of trees that successfully grow in the Greater Vancouver area. You will learn how to identify most of these trees. We will discuss each tree with respect to form, texture, habit, foliage, flower and fruit characteristics, cultural requirements, pest issues and use in gardens and specialty landscapes. Designed for arborists, park professionals, tree pruners, landscape architects and gardeners. The first class is an informal classroom discussion of basic classification techniques. The remaining classes are visits to our local parks and gardens. These outdoor learning classes will meet directly at the parks; transportation is not provided. Please dress appropriately for the weather. A hand lens may be helpful, but is not necessary. This class is suitable for all skill levels. This course counts for ISA Continuing Education credits (10). The recommended reference guide is The Sigley Guide for Trees.

TREE IDENTIFICATION – WINTER WORKSHOP
Join ISA Certified Arborist Kelly Koome for a one-day workshop to ID some of the most common trees in the lower mainland. Class begins indoors with an informal discussion of basic classification techniques. We will then move the classroom outdoors. This class is recommended for all skill levels. Dress appropriately for outdoor learning. A hand lens or magnifying glass is helpful, but not necessary. The Sibley Guide to Trees is recommended. Pre-approved CEU’s. Bring a lunch.

TREE IDENTIFICATION – WINTER WORKSHOP
Take your Tree ID skills to the next level with this Winter Tree ID course. Join Kelly Koome (ISA Certified Arborist) as he walks you through the steps to correctly identify trees using tips and
tricks he’s learned over the years. Class begins indoors then will head outdoors in the afternoon. Dress appropriately for outdoor learning. A hand lens or magnifying glass is helpful (optional). Bring a lunch. Pre-approved CEU’s.

TREE PRUNING FOR LANDSCAPERS AND GARDENERS
Join a production arborist and learn how to prune young trees for proper form, structure and aesthetics. The first 2 hours are in the classroom. The rest of the day will be spent pruning off-site (transportation required). Bring a hand saw, scabbard and bypass pruners and lunch. Proper PPE required (steel toed boots, hard hat, safety glasses, high vis vest, gloves). Dress for the weather. ISA CEU’s available. This class is limited to 14 students.


INSTRUCTOR BIOS

MATTHEW PILFOLD
Matthew is an ISA Certified Arborist and ITA Climbing Arborist employed in the municipal and private sectors as an arborist and instructor. Matthew completed Sir Sandford Fleming’s Arboriculture Certificate Program in 2012 and has taught in the ITA Arborist Technician Apprenticeship at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

KELLY KOOME
Kelly is an ISA Certified Arborist and Tree Risk Assessment Qualified Professional. He is regularly contracted by private and institutional clients to assess the health, condition and risk potential of trees throughout the Greater Vancouver Region. Over the past ten years, he has assessed thousands of trees in his work with Land Use Professionals to mitigate development impact.

GLENN MURRAY
Board Certified Master Arborist for Froggers Creek Tree Consultants with over 24 years experience.


STUDENT FEEDBACK

I thought these men were absolute tree masters. They kept everything nice and simple for us, but were insanely informative. Even having gardened for 6 years, I feel that I learned many new trees and how to identify them during our session. They also have a great sense of humour and didn’t seem to mind being challenged constantly by 4 young women – they were so so wonderful to learn from. I definitely plan on taking their other ID courses.Lucy (student in Introduction to Tree Identification)
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