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ISA Certified Arborist Training Programme

ISA Certified Arborist Training Programme

About the course

The ISA Certified Arborist Training programme is a course designed to prepare you for the ISA Certified Arborist exam. The course includes a range of electronic lectures and resources which enable you to study in a way which is different to buying the Arborists certification study guide. The training programme will offer you structure to your studying and also give the benefit of having an expert tutor on hand to answer any of your queries.

Please note: This course will require you to have an element of self-motivation and discipline in order to work through the teaching, learning and formative assessment materials in order for you to fully prepare for the ISA exam.

Course modules


Year 1

Trees Biology

Tree Identification

Tree and Soil Relations

Water Management

Tree Nutrition and Fertilisation

Tree Selection

Tree Pruning Concepts and Techniques

Tree Installation and Establishment

Cabling, Rod Bracing, Propping and Lightening Protection

Problem Diagnosis and Management

Construction Management

Climbing Techniques and Working in the Tree


Statutory Protection for Trees

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Students are required to have some experience working in the arboriculture industry.

Learning and assessment

All learning materials have been specifically designed for this course and for the requirement of meeting the rigours of the external ISA certified arborist exam. All learning materials will be delivered online through the use of the Virtual Learning Environment- CANVAS. Additional learning and assessment support will be made available through the modules through 1:1 tutor dialogue and use of discussion boards to collaborate with your peers.

There are no practical elements to this distance learning course e.g. NPTC Certificates.

Please note- it will be the students responsibility to book and pay for the external ISA exam.


The ISA certified arborist qualification is designed to give you additional theoretical understanding of trees and will benefit you in your job role.


Operative within an Arboricultural contracting or surveying/consulting firm or Local Authority, both in the United Kingdom and abroad. Self-employed tree work contractors or surveyor/consultant or relative department within a Local Authority or industry contractor.

Special requirements

Access to a PC

Broadband or internet connection

Email account

As a Myerscough student, for the duration of your course you will have free access to Microsoft Office 365, including all Office applications and a OneDrive cloud storage account

Costs that are optional for the course:

Although not mandatory, it is advised that you purchase the Arborists’ Certification Study Guide to supplement your studies.

Available at- https://www.trees.org.uk/Book-Shop/Products/Arborists-Certification-Study-Guide

Work experience

Although work experience is not part of the course, for your own self-reflection and application of knowledge, it is strongly recommended that applicants try to gain experience within the Arboricultural industry throughout their time of study, or are already practising arborists.

Arboriculture at Myerscough

Myerscough introduced the UK’s first Foundation Degree, the first Honours Degree, the first online Degree and, most recently, the first Masters Degree in Arboriculture. We have a highly experienced team of staff who are well regarded in the industry and regularly deliver training and seminars to those working and researching the subject. The College boasts fantastic arboriculture facitilities and is home to the purpose built National Centre for Arboriculture, a state of the art teaching facility for the subject.