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Course information, fees and registration



** Note:  This course does not provide certification to practice as a Certified Arborist in Manitoba.  Visit the FAQ section for general course information and practicing arboriculture in Manitoba.

The Fall 2023 Arboriculture course will only be offered online.

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

  • 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 asynchronous (self-directed) and is recommended for individuals that are self-motivated and have good time management skills. 
  • The course will take approximately 12 weeks to complete provided you budget 3-4 hours of learning and study time per week.  A final examination will be scheduled separately.
  • The distance delivery instructor will provide support to participants throughout the course via virtual group meetings, email and UM Learn (Learning Management System).
  • The course will start on October 10, 2023 and will end on January 15, 2024.

Course materials/resources:

  • Course materials will be hosted in UM Learn (Learning Management System). 
    • UM Learn provides access to course content, self-test quizzes and the final examination. 
    • Participants will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with high-speed internet.  Materials are best viewed on a desktop or laptop computer.
  • The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Arborists' Study Guide (2010 edition) is the required textbook.

Examination schedule and details:

  • Date to be determined.
    • If unsuccessful in passing the examination, participants will have an opportunity to attempt the examination a final time within a month of the first examination date.
  • The 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.
  • NOTE:  The examination will be hosted on the UM Learn (Learning Management System) and will be conducted remotely from your home or office.  Review UM Learn information under the Current Participants section.

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

Online Course Fees:

Online Course: $575

Study Guide:

Shipping $25
Total: $725
  • Applicable taxes included.
  • Payment will only be taken via Credit Card (VISA or Mastercard).
  • Individual registrations are required for each participant as we need to set up advance access in UM Learn (Learning Management System).
  • Participants who have paid for the course and withdraw or cancel their registration before October 16, 2023 will be refunded the course fee less a $50 administrative fee.  No refunds will be issued after that point.
  • The University reserves the right to cancel any course and refund the full fees.  Or, reschedule classes that were cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances.
  • Registration will close @ 4:00 pm on Friday, September 29, 2023.
  • Registration will be considered complete once full payment has been received.



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.

Frequently asked questions

Practicing Arboriculture in Manitoba

Changes to the Province of Manitoba Arborist Regulations came into force on April 1st, 2018. 

As a result of these changes the School of Agriculture Arborist Training & Examination Program no longer exists.

Important information about provincial regulations for practicing Arboriculture in Manitoba can be found on the Province of Manitoba -> Natural Resources and Northern Development -> Forest Health, Urban Forestry and Forest Renewal website.  Once on their website, click on the "Arboriculture in Manitoba" link under the "Quick Links" located on the right-hand side of the page.

Province of Manitoba -> Natural Resources and Northern Development -> Forest Health, Urban Forestry and Forest Renewal website:

For more information about practicing arboriculture in Manitoba, please contact the Province of Manitoba -> Natural Resources and Northern Development -> Forest Health, Urban Forestry and Forest Renewal at:  204-945-7866  or


Does the current School of Agriculture Arboriculture course allow me to practice as a Certified Arborist in Manitoba?

No.  Effective July 1, 2019 the School of Agriculture Arboriculture course (formally called the Arborist Training & Examination Program) no longer provides certification to practice arboriculture in the province of Manitoba.

Individuals planning to practice arboriculture in Manitoba are encouraged to consider taking this course to assist with their preparation for the ISA Certified Arborist examination.

How do I become an ISA Certified Arborist?

Certification is 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:

Are there prerequisites required for taking the Arboriculture course?

There are no required prerequisites needed in order to register for the course.

Do I need to be a student of the University of Manitoba in order to register for the course?

No.  You do not need to apply to the University of Manitoba in order to register and take the course.  The course is open to the public.

I have registered for the Arboriculture course. Will I receive a University of Manitoba of student number?

No.  The School of Agriculture (U of MB) Arboriculture course is a non-degree/non-credit “short course” which does not require an individual to apply to the university to become a student in order to take the course.

I have registered for the Arboriculture course. Will I receive university course credits?

No.  The School of Agriculture (U of MB) Arboriculture course is a non-degree/non-credit “short course”.

I am a current or former U of M student. Can I take the course for credit or audit the course?

No.  The School of Agriculture (U of MB) Arboriculture course is a non-degree/non-credit “short course”.

Will I receive a tax receipt for personal income tax purposes?

No.  The School of Agriculture (U of MB) Arboriculture course is a non-degree/non-credit “short course” and therefore a T2202 (Tuition and Enrolment Certificate) will not be issued by the University of Manitoba.

Are academic course fees waived for those aged 65+?

No.  The School of Agriculture (U of MB) Arboriculture course is a non-degree/non-credit "short course" and is not subject to the waiving of academic fees for Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are age 65 and over. 

I held a Manitoba Arborists Licence but I no longer have a copy of the licence. Who do I contact to get a replacement copy?

Contact the Province of Manitoba -> Natural Resources and Northern Development -> Forest Health, Urban Forestry and Forest Renewal:  204-945-7866  or

What are the current UM Covid-19 restrictions and/or requirements?

Please refer to:

External resources

Current participants

What is UM Learn?

UM Learn is the University of Manitoba’s learning management system (LMS) and is used to support the delivery of face-to-face, online and blended courses.

What are the technical requirements for UM Learn?

Your course (online or blended delivery) is offered through UM Learn and employs a number of different technologies that require a modern computer and internet access. Verify that you can meet these technical requirements prior to course registration:

  • Computer with Windows 11 or 10, or Mac OS 10.13 to 13.0+
  • Latest version of either Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Edge web browsers.
  • JavaScript and cookies enabled.
  • Must be able to install and run Respondus LockDown Browser. Note: This should be downloaded directly from the course and not outside of UM Learn.
  • Broadband internet access (minimum bandwidth of 512 Kbps)
  • Speakers or headphones.
  • Microphone.
  • Webcam.

Not recommended:

  • Tablets
  • Phones (Android or iOS)
  • Chromebooks

I forgot my UM Learn ID and Password. Who do I contact?

Participants of the Arboriculture course are to contact the School of Agriculture at:

In your email, be sure to include:

  • first name and last name
  • which course your are enrolled in (fall or winter course)

** Do not contact the IST Service Desk as they will refer you back to the School of Agriculture.

What is Respondus Lockdown Browser?

Lockdown Browser is a locked browser for taking quizzes in UM Learn.  It prevents you from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications during a test.  The School of Agriculture will send further information closer to an examination date.

How will I know when I can attempt the course examination?

The School of Agriculture will send an email notification to all current participants approximately 4 weeks prior to the upcoming examination date.

Next course intake

Request to be notified when the Winter 2024 Arboriculture course registration opens.

** Notice Regarding Collection, Use, and Disclosure of Personal Information by the University

Your personal information is being collected under the authority of The University of Manitoba Act.  The information you provide will be used by the University for the purpose of communication regarding the School of Agriculture’s Arboriculture course (i.e. registration and course information).  Your personal information will not be used or disclosed for other purposes, unless permitted by The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).  If you have any questions about the collection of your personal information, contact the Access & Privacy Office (tel. 204-474-9462), 233 Elizabeth Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2.

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