University of Manitoba Admin Building among trees.

  • The course is an introduction to the field of Arboriculture. It covers tree biology, soil science, plant classification and identification and safety. Participants learn about pruning techniques, pests, diseases, environmental stresses and other factors that impact urban tree health.

    If you are planning to become a Certified Arborist, this course will help prepare you for  the mandatory Arborist Certification examination administered by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

    • Information about eligibility and the application process for ISA Certification can be found on the ISA website.
    • Information about practicing Arboriculture in Manitoba can be found on the Province of Manitoba website.
  • Two tree care workers hang from tree.

Course topics

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Arborists' Study Guide
(2010 edition) is the required textbook.

The following 12 topics/sections are covered:

  • Plant Classification and Nomenclature
  • Tree Biology
  • 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

Arboriculture On-Line course

The Arboriculture On-Line course closely mirrors the weekly sections covered in the In Class course, but allows the flexibility to learn the material at your own pace and on your own time. The course is hosted on a password protected website where you would log in to access the course materials from a desktop computer. With no face-to-face component, this course relies heavily on detailed explanations and supporting images to help students learn the complex and challenging course material.

This course is recommended if you are self-motivated and have good time management skills to budget 3-4 hours of learning and study time per week. No special technology skills are required, but you will need access to a desktop computer with high-speed Internet. The distance delivery instructor will support student learning throughout the course.


Carla Antonation is a practicing Arborist in Winnipeg, MB. Carla graduated from the Greenspace Management program at Red River College where she studied the environment through the streams of arboriculture and horticulture. While working in the industry, Carla went on to achieve her Arborist Certification from the International Society of Arboriculture.

Carla co-owns and operates a tree care practice called Trilogy Tree Services Ltd., where she divides her time between tree climbing, consulting and managing the business. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Urban Forest Council.


The School of Agriculture Arboriculture Examination is a 2.5 hour, multiple choice (165 questions) examination. The minimum overall passing grade for the Arboriculture Examination is 70% and the minimum passing grade in each of the 12 sections is 60%.

If you choose not to write the examination for the course, you can receive a Letter of Participation with satisfactory attendance/participation.

On-Line Exam Dates:

Saturday, January 23           10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Wednesday, February 17     2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Saturday, March 20             10:00 am to 12:30 pm

** The University reserves the right to reschedule exam dates due to unavoidable circumstances.


Course and one exam - $575

Study Guide - $125

Shipping - $25

Total - $725

Contact Us

School of Agriculture Short Courses
353 Agriculture Building
66 Dafoe Road
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada