School of Arboriculture

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Increase your tree and landscape knowledge! The School of Arboriculture’s courses, which offer CEUs for arborists and landscape architects, keep you at the forefront of your profession. Our exciting new classes are open to professionals and novices, and are taught by national leaders in their field of expertise.

The Arboretum’s professional training courses carry International Society of Arboriculture Continuing Education Units (CEUs). If you are an ISA certified arborist and need to maintain certification by taking 30 credits over a three-year period, the following classes offer the opportunity to gain CEUs while learning from field experts.

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Drones for the Landscape Professional
Dave Tavani
Freelance Videographer and Photographer

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly called drones, are changing many industries. In this class we will navigate the basics of what it will take to get you up and running with a UAV system to capture aerial photographs or record video. Topics covered will include safety, necessary equipment, and regulations. This workshop will help you decide how you can incorporate UAVs into your business- either in your site plans, proposals, or promotional material. The workshop will also include a short outdoor demonstration at the Arboretum. This class is open to all individuals but will focus on how UAV's can be used by landscape professionals.

This course carries 3 CEUs for ISA certified arborists. (S=1, P=1, M=1).

This course meets at the Morris Arboretum’s Horticulture Center at Bloomfield Farm. Enter the Arboretum on the road opposite from the public garden entrance. Park in the parking lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center.

Saturday, June 11
Raindate: Saturday, June 18
1-4 p.m.

Single class scheduled on 6/11/2016 at 1:00PM
Attendees: 1 $40.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $45.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $40.00 ea.

Tree Appraisal Workshop- Field Training-Trunk Formula
Focusing on the CTLA Trunk Formula Method, this workshop gives an overview of the appraisal process and provides an opportunity to practice in the field. Participants will review common mistakes and refine their craft as appraising arborists.

The first portion of the course is a lecture that discusses the four primary components of the formula: trunk area, species rating, location rating, and condition rating. Next, the error associated with each component is identified, and recommendations are given for reducing error. A substantial portion of the lecture focuses on the proper placement of the measuring tape on trees with trunk abnormalities.

The second half of the course is a field application of the concepts discussed in the lecture. Participants will divide into groups and appraise several trees. The class will reconvene and discuss the results.

Fee: $125 (includes lunch)
ISA Certified Arborist CEU's pending.
Single class scheduled on 6/30/2016 at 8:30AM
Attendees: 1 $125.00 ea.

TRAQ - Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (CLASS IS FULL)

The TRAQ training course was created by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). It is sponsored by the New Jersey Chapter of the ISA and hosted by the Morris Arboretum at Meadow Lakes Retirement Community in Hightstown, New Jersey. The course will provide a high level of training for arborists, landscape architects, and landscape management professionals in the fundamentals of tree risk assessment. This qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardized process for assessing tree risk. TRAQ is a two-day course followed by a ½ day exam that includes both a written and a field component.

The course prepares the participant to take the TRAQ exam to become ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. It is required that you attend the course and successfully pass the exam in order to receive the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification. The content of this course will focus on: tree biology and mechanics, tree inspection and assessment, data analysis and risk categorization, and risk reporting. The Tree Risk Assessment Qualification is valid for five years from the date the exam is passed. The qualification holder is required to retake the course and pass the exam every five years in order to maintain the qualification.

To be able to register for the course and take the exam, you must have be an ISA Certified Arborist or BCMA or have a degree in arboriculture, urban forestry, traditional forestry, or horticulture from an accredited college or university or have any of the other prerequisites that can be found at:

Please follow the link above for a TRAQ prerequisite verification form that you must complete and return to attend the course.

Participants will receive course materials two weeks prior to the start of class. Bring them with you to the class. The class takes place at 300 Meadow Lakes Road off of Etra Road. Hightstown, NJ 08520. This course carries 14.5 CEUs for ISA certified arborists (S=2.5, P=6, M=6).

Thursday, Friday, April 14, 15
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, April 16
8 a.m.-12 noon

Registration deadline: Monday, March 14
Irregular classes scheduled starting 4/14/2016 and ending 4/16/2016 at 8:00AM
Attendees: 1 $650.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $750.00 ea.

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