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Arborist certification prep and review series

Posted 1/20/2016

Optional ISA Certified Arborist Examination offered

The Nevada Shade Tree Council’s (NSTC) Arborist Certification Preparatory Series is designed to help prepare those interested in taking the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Arborist Certification Examination. This is also an excellent review course for currently certified arborists.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension along with the Southern Nevada Arborist Group are co-sponsors with NSTC for this training from Feb. 23-25. The preparatory series begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Cerner is located at 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev.

Lecturers include Dennis Swartzell, Horticulture Consultants, Inc.; Russ Thompson, Sunkissed Horticultural Consultants; Lisa Ortega, Certified Arborist; Molly Sinnott, Sinnott Consulting Arborist; Shirl McMayon, GTI; John Crandell, Crandell Tree Care; Matthew Haro, Davey Tree Expert Company; and Brad Daseler, Clark County Parks.

The textbook for the course is the ISA Arborists’ Certification Study Guide, Third Edition, 2010. Copies may be purchased from the WCISA website or call toll free 866-785-8960 or from the ISA website or call 217-355-9411.

Registration fees are non-refundable. Deadlines to register: Non-Certified: $150 all three days (after Feb. 9: $175); ISA Certified: $250 all three days (after Feb. 9: $275). The limit: 30 attendees per day. If space allows, after February 9, daily registration will be available at $85 per day.

Register online at or mail the completed registration form(s) with applicable fees (check, money order or purchase order) made payable to NSTC to: Tammi Gaudet, NSTC Executive Secretary, 6870 Soldela Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89156.

Agency Purchase Orders will be accepted through Tuesday, February 9. Email NSTC Executive Secretary, Tammi Gaudet to register with a purchase order.

The optional (ISA) exam is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 26 at 8:30 a.m. at the same location. The ISA Arborist exam application is available on the ISA website The exam fee is $250. The deadline to submit to ISA, the application and fee, is Feb. 10. Please direct your exam questions to the ISA at 217-355-9411. The exam fee is not included in the Arborist Certification Prep and Review Series fee.

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