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 which is administered by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

  • Two tree care workers hang from tree.

Arboriculture online course

The Arboriculture course is currently only offered online.  The course is hosted on a password protected website where you login to access course materials from a desktop computer.  With no in-class component, this course relies heavily on detailed explanations and supporting images to help participants 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 participant learning throughout the course.

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


The School of Agriculture arboriculture examination is a 2.5 hour, multiple choice (165 questions) examination.  Participants achieving a grade of 70% or greater will be issued a Letter of Accomplishment.   Participants that choose not to write the examination will receive a Letter of Participation.


* Currently under review.


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.

Contact Us

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