Upcoming events

    • June 19, 2020
    • 8:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • July 17, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • Scottsdale Civic Center Library 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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    Arizona Community Tree Council  Presents 

    The RESCHEDULED 2020 Certified Arborist Training and Review 
    The continuation of our course designed to prepare tree-care industry workers for the ISA Certified Arborist Exam


    3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd
    Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

    NOTE: We are following City of Scottsdale protocols for in-person meetings.  These protocols are listed below, under the agenda.

    Registration Now Open for New and Continuing Participants!


    Remaining Training Class Dates:
    • Friday, July 10, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm (6 CEUs)
    • Friday, July 17, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm (6 CEUs)

    Exam Date:

    The written exam is scheduled for July 18 for ISA Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, Municipal Specialist and Certified Tree Worker Written Exam The application for the written exam is due by July 1 with ISA.


    8am-9am Overview and Exam Prep Planning  
    9am-10am Tree Biology Chapter #1
    10am-11am Tree/Plant ID Chapter #2
    11am-Noon Lunch on Your Own  
    Noon-1pm Taxonomy and Nomenclature Chapter #2
    1pm-2pm Urban Forestry Chapter #14
    2pm-3pm Terminology and Glossary Review  
    13-Mar COMPLETED
    8am-9am Soil Science Chapter #3
    9am-10am Water Management Chapter #4 
    10am-11am Tree Nutrition & Fertilizing Chapter #5
    11am-Noon Lunch on Your Own  
    Noon-1pm Tree Selection Chapter #6
    1pm-2pm Tree Planting & Installation  Chapter #7
    2pm-3pm Terminology and Glossary Review  
    Send Home Practice Exam #1
    8am-9am Pruning and ANSI Standards Chapter #8
    9am-10am Tree Problems & Diagnosis Chapter #10
    10am-11am Tree/Plant Health Care Chapter #11
    11am-Noon Lunch on Your Own  
    Noon-1pm Tree Worker Safety Chapter #15
    1pm-2pm Working in Trees Chapter #16
    2pm-3pm Practice Exam 1 and Glossary Review  
    Send Home Practice Exam #2
    8am-9am Tree Support & Lightning Protection  Chapter #9
    9am-10am Trees and Construction Chapter #13
    10am-11am Practice Exam 2 and Glossary Review
    11am-Noon Lunch on Your Own  
    Noon-1pm Tree Assessment & Risk Mgmt. Chapter #12
    1pm-2pm Review Diagnosis and Treatment Chapter #10
    2pm-3pm Terminology and Glossary Review  
    10-July % of exam:
    8am-9am ANSI 300 parts 1 and 9: Pruning and Tree Risk  16% & 13%
    9am-10am Safe Work Practices  15% 
    10am-11am Soil Management and Diagnosis / Treatment 12% & 12%
    11am-Noon Lunch on Your Own
    Noon-1pm  Review of morning classes and Tree Biology
    1pm-2pm Urban Forestry and Tree ID / Selection 7% & 8%
    2pm-3pm Installation / Establishment and Tree Protection 5% & 4%

    Review For ISA Exam: all domains
    11am-Noon Lunch on Your Own
    Noon-3pm Review For ISA Exam: all domains

    What is Certified Arborist Training (CAT)?
    The Certified Arborist Training Course is a series of classes designed to prepare students to take the ISA Certified Arborist exam. It is also an excellent introduction to the field of arboriculture, as well as a great review for industry professions. The course is open to all students. CEU's are offered for Certified Arborists.

    What protocols are we following for this in-person event?

    The City of Scottsdale is providing a 300 seat auditorium so that we can easily adhere to Scottsdale's health and safety protocols for in-person meetings.  Those protocols include:

    • Attendees must wear a face covering / mask over their mouth and nose while in the venue.
    • Attendees will have their temperature taken with an electric forehead reader before they can enter the venue.
    • Attendees will be be sat with two chairs between each participant to achieve the proper physical distance and attendees will sit in that same chair for the full day.
    • During breaks, attendees are asked to maintain physical distances of 6 feet.

    Classes cover all chapters in the ISA Arborists' Certification Study Guide.

    What materials do I need?

    For continuing students, The ISA Arborists' Certification Study Guide was included with your Full Registration. (All Daily Registrants are required to provide their own ISA Arborists' Certification Study Guide, and may purchase with from ACTC for $75 on the day you arrive.)

    What is the cost of the CAT Program series?

    If you already paid, you have a credit on your registration and only need to let us know you are coming.  New registrants can pay $60 a day and choose the number of days between 1 and 4.
    Non-members pay the annual membership fee in addition to the registration fee.

    What if I am unable to attend and was previously registered?  You can continue to hold the credit we have on your account for a future meeting or request a refund.  The registration credit does not expire and you can use it next year as well.

    When do I need to register for the CAT classes? Registration is open online or you can call for assistance at (602) 354-3023.

    How do I get to the venue and where do I park?  The auditorium is in the lower level of the Civic Center Library.  There are free parking options nearby and the closest one is a garage with a 6’6” clearance.  This PDF shows some other options for higher profile trucks.  The Scottsdale Civic Center Library is located at 3839 N Drinkwater Blvd.  Directions:

    • From the 202 freeway exit on Indian School Rd and head west. Turn south (left) on 75th Street. At the stop sign at 2nd Street turn right and head the parking garage.
    • From Scottsdale Road – Head East on Indian School Road and South on 75th Street, at the stop sign turn right on 2nd Street turn right and head into the parking garage.
    • This Parking entrance leads you to the lower level of the Library, park in the lower level and head towards to lower level entrance of the Library and the Copper Gallery is immediately inside the doors. These doors will be open before 9 AM as we can control public access.
    • If you Map the address it will lead you to Drinkwater Blvd and the parking garage entrance will lead you to upper level of the garage and the Library.

    Can I bring my own lunch or are there nearby lunch options? You are welcome to bring you own lunch and there are nearby shady areas to eat.  Scottsdale asks that you maintain the physical distance when on their property even outside of the library.  Here is a link to nearby food option.

    More Info on the ISA CAT Exam: The exam will be held on July 18.  The deadline to register with ISA is July 1. There is still the option of taking the exam at an online center and we will also have the exam in Prescott on September 19.

    Call ISA for more details at 217-355-9411.
    • The ISA requires a minimum of 3 years documented field experience before taking the Certified Arborist exam.
    • The ACTC/CAT Program series does not include the exam registration and exam fee.
    • ACTC is not responsible for your CAT exam registration.
    • The Certified Arborist Exam is proctored by the ISA. 
    • To take the exam, individuals must be registered directly with the ISA at least 3 weeks prior to the exam to be eligible for testing.
    • The ISA Certified Arborist Exam also requires a fee to be paid directly to the ISA. 
    • Please review the qualifications for taking the exam at
    • Call ISA for more details at 217-355-9411.

    • July 14, 2020
    • 9:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • Zoom Event


    in partnership with the Arizona Community Tree Council

    presents online/via Zoom

    “How to Choose, Plant, Care for and Harvest Edible Trees in the Southwest”

    Tuesday, July 14, 9:00 MST

    9:00 – 10:00 (60 minutes)

    Co-presented by Ann Audrey and Rafael de Grenade, Co-Leaders, Linking Edible Arizona Forests (LEAF) Network

    Presentation Description:

    Edible trees—those native and nonnative trees that produce fruits, nuts, seeds and pods that suit human tastes—benefit the environment and increase food security. This presentation addresses edible tree characteristics, microclimate preferences, planting strategies, watering with non-potable supplies, tree maintenance and harvesting strategies.

    • CEUs have been applied for with ISA and ASA
    • 1.0 CFE has been approved with SAF

    Ann Audrey has a master’s degree in Water Resources Administration from the University of Arizona, advanced training in sustainable design and extensive experience in rainwater harvesting and habitat restoration. She is the Chair of the LEAF Network Steering Committee, and oversaw the development of a website, guidebook and database to help people choose, plant, care for and harvest edible trees throughout Arizona. She is the current Vice Chair of the Southwest Agroforestry Action Network.

    Rafael de Grenade grew up in the foothills of the Santa Maria Mountains northwest of Prescott. She received her doctorate in geography from the University of Arizona, with a special focus on arid lands sciences, desert oases, perennial fruit trees and agricultural biogeography. She has traveled widely, and her writing has been published in literary and scientific journals. Rafael lives with her husband and two children in Skull Valley, Arizona, where they are raising horses, cattle, and sheep, and horses and promoting edible forests.

    10:00 – 10:15 (15 minutes)

    Q&A with the presenters

    10:15-11:00 (45 minutes)

    SWAAN Business Meeting led by Jim Allen, Chair

    • July 22, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Sedona Poco Diablo Resort, 1752 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ 86336
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    Tree Management Plans: Site Evaluation and Tree Risk

    Joins us in Sedona for a hands-on class covering the elements of creating a tree management plan.  We will cover the basics of a site evaluation and the ANSI 300 information on tree risk assessment (this is not a TRAQ program).

    This is a full-day, 6 CEUs class designed to provide practical field experience.  The beautiful grounds of the Sedona Poco Diablo Resort will be part of our classroom in addition to the presentations in the main ballroom.

    Because of physical distancing requirements, and the hands-on nature of the program, registration is limited to only 30 participants with lunch included.

    If you would like to book a room and stay at the resort, they are offering a room special for our group of $119 a night plus tax and resort fee.  To book a room, call 928-203-5923.  

    Room booking link is: Our Reservations Department is staffed from 8:00am to 6:00pm Mon thru Sun. Should we miss a call after business hours, we will certainly respond within 24 hours.


    9:00 Tree Management Plan Creation: Richard Adkins, City of Tempe

    • Importance and Need for Tree Management Plans
    • Elements of a Tree Management Plan
    • Site Evaluation

    10:00  Managing Tree Risk: John Richardson, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire

    • Tree Risk and Failure
    • Target and Site Assessment
    • Responsibility and Liability
    • Mitigation of Targets and Trees
    • Development of a Hazard Tree Program

    11:00 Forest Pathology: Nick Wilhelmi (virtual), USDA Forest Service Forest Health Protection

    • Diseases that Impact Tree Risk
    • ID of Common Forest and Urban Diseases

    12:00 - 12:30 Lunch

    12:30 Hands-on Field Evaluations: John Richardson and Richards Adkins

    • View Defects in Trees
    • Evaluate Trees Using ISA Basic Tree Risk Assessment Form
    • Discuss Mitigation and How to Accomplish it

    3:30 pm Adjourn


    • August 03, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • August 29, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • Online at ISA Website

    Online Tree Worker Safety Course

    Safety must always be the first concern for tree workers in any field. This module provides information on appropriate safety standards, personal protective equipment, hazards, and other essential guidelines to help you stay safe on the job.

    This is a self-paced, highly interactive course to supplement the certification study guide. The lessons are designed for adult learners who cannot attend formal classes and nontraditional learners who respond best to visual, multi media, and hands-on teaching methods.

    • Instructional strategies that simulate job tasks and promote learning transfer
    • A high level of interactivity
    • Self-paced instruction
    • Emphasis on visuals, including several graphics
    • Intuitive navigation with clear orientation titles
    • A system of instant feedback that engages the learner
    • Quiz questions that simulate certification tests and lead to mastery of learning objectives

    Earn 2 CEUs (A, U, T, M, L, Bm)

    This online course replaces the former CD-ROM of the same title with an updated format.

    Click here to take course and earn CEUs!

    This free online course is provided by the International Society of Arboriculture.

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