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Course Information

The Arboriculture course is currently only 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).  It is recommended if you 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.  The distance delivery instructor will provide support to participants throughout the course via email and UM Learn (Learning Management System).

The course materials are hosted on UM Learn.  No special technology skills are required, but you will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with high-speed internet.  Materials are best viewed on a desktop or laptop computer.

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


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.


Course & 1 Exam: $575
Study Guide: $125
Shipping: $25
Total: $725

*   Applicable taxes included.

**  Students who have paid for the course and withdraw their registration before November 1, 2021, will be refunded the course fee less a $50 administrative fee.  No refunds will be issued after November 1, 2021. 

**  The University reserves the right to cancel any course and refund the full fees, and to reschedule classes cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances.


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.

Registration is now open for the winter Arboriculture online course.  The course will commence on Monday, January 31, 2022.

Space is limited and registration is on a "first-come, first-served" basis.

Registration deadline is 11:59 pm (CST), Friday, January 14, 2022.

The University of Manitoba will be closed from December 24, 2021 until January 6, 2022.  During this time, we will not be responding to email inquiries or registration submissions.

Frequently asked questions

Practicing Arboriculture in Manitoba

Changes to the Arborists Regulation came into force on April 1st, 2018.  Important information about provincial regulations for practicing Arboriculture in Manitoba can be found on the Province of Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development 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 Agriculture and Resource Development website:

For more information about practicing arboriculture in Manitoba, please contact the Province of Manitoba Forestry Branch 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 Manitoba Arborists Training Course) 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 Agriculture and Resource Development, Forestry Branch:  204-945-7866  or

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 8, 10, or Mac OS 10.11+
  • 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 Fall 2022 online 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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