University of Manitoba Arboriculture 

Arboriculture Short Course

Next IN CLASS and ON-LINE Course Intake – January 2020


As of April 1, 2018 the Province of Manitoba eliminated the need for arborists to maintain a Government of Manitoba licence. Manitoba standards require individuals who practice arboriculture in Manitoba for compensation must either:

•      Have in their possession a previously issued Manitoba Arborists' Licence that was valid after October 1, 2017, or
•  have proof of successfully completing the Manitoba Arborists' Training Course from the University of Manitoba before July 1, 2019, or
•  hold or obtain arborist certification from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

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The Arboriculture Short 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.

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

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



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Manitoba Nursery Landscape Association

Individuals who have completed the Manitoba Arborists course and have successfully passed the Manitoba Arborists exam are eligible to take the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Course through the International Society of Arboriculture.