Meeting Information

Certified Arborist Preparation Course

Certified Arborist Preparation Course

Muskingum Valley Park District, 1720 Euclid Ave, Zanesville, OH  43701

October 4 – November 15, 2017

Class: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

(Exam Date—November 21 – 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm)

Registration Deadline – September 27

ISA Certified This course is designed to provide a comprehensive education in arboriculture as well as prepare individuals for the Arborist Exam.  (You must apply to take the ISA Certified Arborist Exam separately from this class registration.  Applications can be obtained at For further exam questions, please contact the ISA office at (888) 472-8733 or

The Value of an ISA Credential – ISA credentials are valued and trusted because they let consumers know that you possess a high degree of knowledge about caring for and maintaining trees. When developing an exam, a panel of subject matter experts from around the world completes a job task analysis, and then writes an exam that encompasses the defined skills. ISA credentials build expert knowledge and reflect the professional skills sought by leaders from the public and private sectors, including training, academia and government organizations. 

Prep Course Fee Includes

ISA Arborist Certification Study Guide, if requested, lunch and beverages breaks October 5 – November 15.

Fee DOES NOT include cost of the exam.

Course Schedule

Oct. 4

Tree Anatomy and Biology

Instructor: Jim Chatfield, OSU Extension

Oct. 11

Dendrology and Tree Selection

Instructors: Robert Boehle, Muskingum SWCD & Lisa Bowers, ODNR Div. of Forestry

Oct. 18

Plant Pathology, Tree Pests & Cultural Issues

Instructors: Chrissy Balk, Davey & Andrew Freeman, Hocking College

Oct. 25


Instructor: Richard Rathjens, Davey

Nov. 1

Tree Support Systems and Pruning

Instructor: Chad Clink, Holden Forests & Gardens

Nov. 8

Tree Risk Assessment & Tree Protection

Instructors: Ann Bonner, ODNR Div. of Forestry & Andrew Freeman, Hocking College

Nov. 15

Tree Worker Safety

Instructor: Brian Kralovic, City of St. Clairsville

Nov. 21

Certified Arborist Exam

Download registration form:  2017.10_CA_PrepZanesvilleReg_Form.pdf