School of Arboriculture

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International Society of Arboriculture
The Arboretum’s professional training courses carry International Society of Arboriculture Continuing Education Units. 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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New Methods of Tree Analysis (March 2, 9am-3pm)
Dr. Jerry Bond
Principal Consultant, Urban Forest Analytics

Join us as we host Dr. Jerry Bond, a leading expert in tree health and structure, as we explore the process of performing a systematic in-the-field tree evaluation. Using published protocols, we will go through a step-by-step process of assessing a tree's biologic health, structural integrity, and the interactions between the two. Wind loading factors that can lead to tree failure will also be explored.This course carries 4.75 CEUs for ISA certified arborists. (S=2, P=1.75, M=1)

Monday March 2
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 3/2/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $125.00 ea.

Tree Canopy Conference: Preserving Trees in Our Communities (March 10, 8:30am-5pm)

A healthy tree canopy provides important ecosystem services including air pollution removal, storm water runoff reduction, and building energy conservation. Abundant tree canopy provides habitat for wildlife and also has a positive impact on human mental health and well-being, community cohesion, and economic stimuli. In this conference we will look at tree canopy preservation and reduction both nationally and locally, and consider some of the greatest challenges communities are facing as they try to preserve canopy cover.Topics covered include:
" Insect and Disease Threats
" Tree Planting Ordinances
" Tree Pit Planting: Size and Soil
" Tree Tenders: A Successful Tree Planting Program
" New Tree Introductions and Heritage Trees
This conference will be held in Stokes Hall at Haverford College in Haverford, PA and carries 7 CEUs for ISA certified arborists. (S=2, P=2, M=3).

Tuesday, March 10
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 3/10/2015 at 8:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $125.00 ea.

Sonic Tomography: Non-Invasive Tree Investigation (March 16, 9am-12pm)
John Wickes
President, Ira Wickes Tree Care

One of the more interesting tools for allowing arborists to image the internal structure of a tree is the sonic tomogram. This is a device that uses sound waves to create a 3D screen image of a cavity or a disconformity in the trunk of a tree without using any drilling methods or tools. John Wickes of Ira Wickes Tree Care in Spring Valley, New York, is one of the few American distributors of this instrument and he is well versed in its use and application. We will review all current techniques of investigation including use of a mechanical recording resistance drill. This course carries 3 CEUs for ISA certified arborists. (S=1, P=1, M=1)

Monday, March 16
9 a.m.-12:00 noon

Single class scheduled on 3/16/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $90.00 ea.

Pruning Shrubs for Health and Beauty: A Hands-on Class (March 19, 9:30am-3pm)
Pruning Shrubs for Maximum Health and Beauty: A Hands-on Class
Vince Marrocco
Chief Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

Shrubs require special pruning techniques. Learn when to prune for maximum bloom and fruit set, and how to rejuvenate overgrown flowering shrubs. We will review techniques for maintaining a thick, vigorous hedge. After the morning lecture and demonstration, the afternoon will feature supervised, hands-on pruning. Please bring pruning tools for the afternoon session. This course carries 4.5 CEUs for ISA certified arborists. (S=1, P=3, M=0.5)

Thursday, March 19
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Raindate: Friday, March 20

Single class scheduled on 3/20/2015 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $120.00 ea.

Crane Operator Licensing: CIC Certification Testing & Training (March 25-27, 9am-4pm)
The Crane Safety Institute and Cranes 101
3-day course and certification exam for small to medium sized mobile hydraulic cranes

As of September 26, 2014, OSHA instituted a series of new regulations regarding the operation of cranes. These regulations, which will become mandatory in 2017, will require all crane owners and operators to become certified. This will have a profound effect on arborists who offer tree removal with a crane as part of their services. Compliance involves completion of a training program that is administered by a licensed training company and the successful passing of a written exam and a field demonstration of skills. The Crane Safety Institute and Cranes 101 of Boston, Massachusetts, are a certified training company that uses Crane Institute Certification (CIC) protocols and will administer a three day-course in mobile hydraulic crane operation that will lead to certification upon passing the test on the final day. Students are expected to arrive having studied the training material that will be provided in advance. We will meet at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance. Park in the lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center. This course carries 14 CEUs for ISA certified arborists. (S=1, P=10.5, M=2.5)

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
March 25, 26, 27
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 3/25/2015 and ending 3/27/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $1,695.00 ea.

Introductory Tree Climbing (April 8, 9, 10, 9am-4pm)
Zac Shechtman
Owner, Shechtman Tree Care
Rob Thigpen
Foreman, Shechtman Tree Care and ISA Penn-Del Chapter Climbing Champion

This class provides an introduction to tree climbing and features the opportunity to have supervised climbing instruction in trees. It is ideal for tree companies looking to advance promising grounds staff, or gardeners and landscapers looking to get off the ground. Effective methods for climbing trees will be demonstrated by instructors and practiced by students. Safety rules will be reviewed and stressed. Students will learn how to tie critical knots regularly used by arborists. Included in the fee, each student will receive a copy of The Tree Climbers Companion, by Jeff Jepson, a great resource for climbers. Bring an arborist's rope and saddle, a hard hat, gloves, safety glasses, and insect repellant to the class. Wear boots, long pants, and dress for the weather. We will meet at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance. Park in the lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center. This course carries 17.25 CEUs for ISA certified arborists. (S=0, P=17.25, M=0)

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
April 8, 9, 10
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 4/8/2015 and ending 4/10/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $525.00 ea.

Advancing Your Climbing Skills: Pruning, Rigging, Removal with a Crane
Zac Shechtman
Owner, Shechtman Tree Care
Rob Thigpen
Foreman, Shechtman Tree Care and ISA Penn-Del Chapter Climbing Champion

This class, taught by experienced professionals, consists of three days of training in advanced arboricultural techniques. Instruction will cover the theory and practice of large tree pruning, including a component on tree physiology, structural pruning, and the latest ANSI standard. Each student will have an opportunity for hands-on experience using proper rigging techniques to safely lower wood from a standing trunk. Safe felling techniques and proper use of the latest equipment, as well as the critical knots involved will be demonstrated. The last day of this course will consist of instruction and demonstration of the safe use of a truck mounted crane for tree removal. Emphasis will be given to site selection, weight calculation, load distribution, and safe cutting techniques. Each student will receive a copy of How to Fell a Tree by Jeff Jepson, a book with step-by-step methods for taking down a tree, and a copy of the ANSI Z133.1 standards.
We will meet at the Horticulture Center at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance. Park in the lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center. This course carries 17.25 CEUs for ISA certified arborists (S=2, P=13, M=2.25)

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday April 15, 16, 17
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 4/15/2015 and ending 4/17/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $525.00 ea.

Single Rope Techniques (April 23 & 24, 9am-4pm)
Rob Thigpen
Foreman, Shechtman Tree Care and ISA Penn-Del Chapter Climbing Champion

Climbing techniques for arborists have advanced significantly in the last 20 years, with the adaptation of practices that were first developed by rock climbers and cave explorers. These techniques have made tree climbing easier and safer, and have brought a greater degree of professionalism to arboriculture. The use of throw balls to advance the lead into the tree canopy has introduced the use of a single line as a means of ascension into a tree rather than the more traditional double line technique. The use of one line in climbing is known as Single Rope Technique (SRT) and has become a skill that has proved invaluable to many working arborists. Please join us for a day with one of the masters of SRT, Rob Thigpen of Shechtman Tree Experts. This course will include some in-the-tree climbing, and is open only to arborists with field experience. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and individual climbing gear are mandatory. We will meet at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance.
Park in the lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center. This course carries 11.5 CEUs for ISA certified arborists (S=.75, P=10, M=.75)

Thursday, Friday April 23 & 24
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 4/23/2015 and ending 4/24/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $285.00 ea.

Introductory Tree Climbing for Women (May 30, 9am-4pm)
Rachel Brudzinski
Arborist, New York Botanical Garden and ISA Michigan Tree Climbing Female State
Champion, 2012

Women can be talented, successful climbers even in a field traditionally dominated
by men. This course, taught by ISA state champion tree climber, Rachel Brudzinski, will demonstrate climbing techniques especially geared to female climbers. It will also provide a basic understanding of tree biology that is so critical for practicing arborists. The class will focus on teaching women with a passion for arboriculture how to create and maintain a safe working environment, develop fundamental arboricultural skills, and learn the professional techniques necessary to develop an approach for climbing a tree. You will learn some of the latest professional tree climbing advancements and you will have the
opportunity to participate in supervised in-tree climbing. This class will give you the chance to experience trees in a whole new light. Novice to advanced women climbers are welcome. Wear long pants and comfortable, hard soled shoes. If you have regulation climbing gear including a rope, harness, hardhat with chin strap, and eye protection, please bring it. You may also want to bring gloves.
We will meet at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance. Park in the lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center. This course carries 5.75 CEUs for ISA certified arborists. (S=1, P=4, M=.75)

Saturday, May 30
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Raindate: Saturday, June 6
Single class scheduled on 5/30/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $125.00 ea.

Advancing Your Climbing Skills for Women (May 31, 9am-4pm)
Rachel Brudzinski
Arborist, New York Botanical Garden and ISA Michigan Tree Climbing Female State Champion, 2012

This course is designed for intermediate to advanced female climbers seeking to experience a deeper understanding of innovative arboriculture techniques. Students will learn essential knots, daily gear maintenance, and safety regulations mandated for climbing arborists. During the course, students will have a minimum of six hours of personal in-tree climbing instruction.This class will focus on climbing skills and various ascension and positioning techniques meant to further your comfort within the canopy. Prerequisite: Students must have previously taken Introductory Tree Climbing for Women, or have a minimum of 30 hours of in-tree experience. (Students can register for both Intro. and Advanced courses in the same weekend.) Please wear appropriate clothing, including long sleeves, flexible and durable pants, and high ankle/light weight footwear. If you have regulation climbing gear including a rope, harness, hardhat with chin strap, and eye protection, please bring it. You may also want to bring gloves. We will meet at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance. Park in the lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center. This course carries 6 CEUs for ISA certified arborists (S=0, P=6, M=0)

Sunday, May 31
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Raindate: Sunday, June 7
Single class scheduled on 5/31/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $125.00 ea.

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