University of Manitoba Arboriculture 

Manitoba Arborists' Training & Licensing Course


Next ON-LINE Course Intake – May 2018.


Are you interested in caring for trees and shrubs on your property? Or are you considering becoming a professional arborist?

The Manitoba Arborists' Training & Licensing Course is available as an on-line or in class course. It covers tree biology, plant classification and identification, soil science and tree worker safety. Participants learn about proper tree pruning techniques as well as the issues that affect urban tree health, including environmental stresses and forest pests and diseases.

This course would be suitable for those interested in tree care as a hobby or as a small business.

Manitoba standards require individuals who provide tree and shrub care services for compensation to obtain accreditation from the Manitoba Arborist Training & Licensing Course or the International Society of Arboriculture Arborist Certification Program (ISA).

Please note that the Manitoba Arborist Training & Licensing Course does not issue your Manitoba Arborists Licence.  To acquire this licence, please apply to Manitoba Conservation, Licensing Section, Financial Services Branch (204) 945-4683.  Proof of either the University of Manitoba accreditation or ISA Certification along with proof of insurability is required to make an application.  The fee for this licence is $90.00 and is valid for three years.

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Arborist Certification Study Guide (2010 edition) is the required textbook.  The following topics are covered:

•         Tree Biology
•         Plant Classification and Nomenclature
•         Soil Science
•         Water and Nutrition
•         Tree Selection and Installation
•         Pruning
•         Plant Health Care and Urban Forestry
•         Risk Management and Support Systems
•         Trees and Construction
•         Tree Worker Safety
•         Plant Disorders and Diagnosis
•         Plant Identification


 Learn more about:



Arborist Licensing - Province of Manitoba, Sustainable Development, Forestry Branch

ISA Tree Risk Assessment
  Qualification Courses

Individuals who hold the Manitoba Arborist License are eligible to take the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Course through the International Society of Arboriculture.