2018 Arborists' Certification Preparation Course

The Arborist's Certification Preparation Course will be for 10 consecutive Thursday evenings starting on February 8, 2018.

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Back to TopWho Should Attend?

The course is designed to assist individuals preparing for the ISA certification examination for arborists or tree workers. Others may wish to take this course to update their knowledge in tree care and management while obtaining their ISA CEU(s) or hours.

Back to TopISA Test

The cost of taking the test is NOT included in the course registration. Most tests are given between May and November in Southern California. Normally, there is a May test in San Diego. You may go to one of the many computer test centers and take the test there. Your test results are immediately available. An exam application will be supplied during the course.

Back to TopCertification Requirements

How do I become a Certified Arborist? To apply for certification, you must have three years of practical experience in tree care or a related field, or a bachelor’s degree in arboriculture or a related field, plus one year of practical experience. Also acceptable is an associate’s degree in arboriculture along with two years of practical experience.

Back to TopWhy You Should Become Certified

  • In a recent survey of 16,000 arborists, it was reported that arborists in the 20-40 age group had a significantly higher income if they were ISA Certified Arborists.
  • ISA Certified Arborists are now required in many municipal, state and federal contracts.
  • Many developers, property managers, landscape architects and golf course superintendents write specifications requiring ISA Certified Arborists and ISA Tree Workers Certification.
    Many commercial tree care companies, municipalities and utilities require ISA Certified Arborist credentials.
  • Knowledgeable people are beginning to demand ISA Certification for Arborists.

Back to TopRegistration

A check, money order, credit cards or cash will be accepted. All checks should be made payable to Pamela L. Stamen and must accompany each registration form. No purchase orders or invoices will be accepted. Registration is final. No refunds will be given. Each registrant will receive a written confirmation. Stamen Associates reserves the right to cancel this course and return registration fees without penalties. A minimum of 40 students is required for this course. Certificates of Completion will be presented at the end of the course. Registration must be postmarked on or before January 31, 2018, or will be subject to a $50.00 late fee charge. For further information, call or fax Stamen Associates at (949) 454-2409 or FAX (949) 454-2429.

Back to TopArborists' Course Schedule

2018 Arborists' Certification Preparation Course

All Thursday Evenings, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
February 8, 2018 – April 19, 2018
Brea Community and Conference Center, Brea, California
695 E. Madison Way, Brea, CA 92821 (map)






1 Tree Selection
6 R. Matranga Feb 8
Tree Installation & Establishment 7
2 Tree Biology 1 B. Pilz Feb 15
3 Urban Forestry 14 B. Pilz Feb 22
4 Tree Assessment and Risk Management
12 M. Wallich Mar 1
Trees and Construction 13
5 Water Management 4 B. Pilz Mar 8
Tree Nutrition & Fertilization 5


6 Tree Identification
B. Pilz Mar 22
Tree/Soil Science 3
7 Diagnosis & Plant Disorders 10 S. Sims Mar 29
8 Plant Health Care 11 S. Sims Apr 5
9 Climbing and Working in Trees 16 R. Bennett Apr 12
Tree Support and Lightning Protection 9
10 Tree Pruning 8
R. Matranga Apr 19
Tree Work Safety 15

Cost: Classroom

$885 Course, Study Guide, handouts, refreshments, and other related items.

Cost: Webinar

$785 Course, Study Guide and other related items.

Continuing Education Hours

ISA – approved for 30 hours

Single Session

Register at the door. The cost is $95 per session (excludes $90 study guide).

Back to TopThe Teaching Team

Bob Bennett

Robert T. Bennett, WE-3724A
ISA Certified Arborist
WC ISA Certified Tree Worker, WC-829
ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified

Robert is the owner of a tree care company. He is an expert climber and is a national and international tree climbing judge. He also assists Mt. San Antonio College as a visiting Arboriculture instructor. His practical expertise is highly valued by all.

Ron Matranga

Ron Matranga, WE-0728B
ISA Board Certified Master Arborist
San Diego, CA

Ron has been in the tree care industry for over 24 years and is a leader in the San Diego area arboriculture industry. He is a Board-Certified Master Arborist, consultant and expert witness. He has testified in court on a number of tree cases and manages tree crews on a daily basis. He is on the Board of Directors of the Professional Tree Care Assn. of San Diego. Ron has spoken to garden clubs, nursery professionals and other tree-related organizations about various aspects of arboriculture. Because of Ron’s achievements and experience with residential, commercial, and historical trees and sites, he offers a professional point of view while understanding the practical needs of a field arborist.

Bob Pilz

Bob Pilz, WE-9676A
Consultant, Turf and Trees
ISA Certified Arborist

Bob has many years of teaching and field experience. He is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, majoring in Horticulture with an emphasis in Landscape Management. For 15 years, Bob was the landscape services supervisor for California State University, Fullerton. Bob is now a freelance consultant.

Susan Sims

Susan Sims, WE-0286B
Arborist and Horticulturalist
ISA Board Certified Master Arborist
Sims Tree Health Specialists
Pedley, CA

Susan is an Agricultural Biologist, California Licensed Agricultural Advisor and Applicator. She recently became a California Urban Forester. Susan received her education at Cal Poly, Pomona in agriculture biology, plant pathology, soil science and ornamental horticulture. Sims Tree Health Specialists, owned by Susan and her husband, Gary, performs consulting, diagnoses, reports and treatment services.

Mike Wallich

Michael C. Wallich, WE-0919AM
WC ISA Certified Arborist
Municipal Specialist, Tree Assessor

Mike has over 30 years of experience in Municipal Tree Care. He is employed by the University of Southern California as their arborist. He is a Certified Arborist, ISA Hazardous Tree Risk Assessor, Municipal Specialist, and also has a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA).

Pam Stamen

Pamela L. Stamen
President, Registration Coordinator

Pam retired from the County of Riverside where she was a Senior Real Property Agent buying land, roads, overpasses and buildings for County and CalTrans projects. Since retiring, she worked with Ted, founder of Ted Stamen & Associates, on numerous consulting projects, courses and seminars.

Back to TopClass Attendance Certificate

Each student receives a class certificate showing that he/she attended the Certification Preparation Course.

Back to TopNo Warranty

Neither Stamen Associates nor any instructor warrants that a participant will pass all or part of the ISA certification exams.