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Large Tree Climbing and Rigging

Course Code: AL0802CA20

Large Tree Climbing and Rigging Class

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Date & Time

Last Held: November 25-26, 2019
9:00am - 3:30pm (Check in time on Day 1: 8:30am)

Next offering TBD


In this two-day class, Licensed Tree Expert Steve Chisholm and his brother, Mark Chisholm, a three-time World Tree Climbing Champion and 19-time New Jersey State Tree Climbing Champion, will combine classroom lectures with field demonstrations of climbing and rigging. You'll learn techniques and tips to increase your productivity while maintaining the high level of safety that makes a great arborist.

NOTE: You will not climb trees in this class. You will watch, learn, and have the opportunity to consult with two world-class experts in their field.

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The November 25-26, 2019 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

Certified Public Works Manager (CPWM) Credits
5 Technical, 5 Management

International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Credits
Certified Arborist: 11; BCMA Practice: 11

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) Credits
12 hours

NJ Urban and Community Forestry Continuing Education Units
12 CEUs

NJ Licensed Tree Experts
12 CEUs for LTE and LTCO

Early Registration Fee TBD  
Registration Fee TBD  
Cancellation Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Continental breakfast and deli buffet lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Extension Conference Center
18 Ag Extension Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Directions, Parking Information & Map


  • All visitors must register their vehicles online with the Rutgers Department of Transportation Services. A link will be provided in your course registration confirmation email. Be sure to complete this important step prior to traveling to campus.
  • All Rutgers faculty/staff/students must use their regular Rutgers permit and park in the nearest lot assigned for their permit type.
  • Citations/fines will be issued for failure to comply with these policies.

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

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Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Coordinator: Joe Canzano, 848-932-7317
Administrative Assistant: Beth Perez, 848-932-7483

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Attention U.S. Veterans

This course is approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill®. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

Who Should Take This Course?
  • Arborist
  • Tree Climber
  • Landscape Professional
  • Parks Supervisors
  • Parks Ground Crew
  • Public Works Crew 
  • Public Works Supervisor
  • Shade Tree Commissioner
  • Tree/Plant Care Nursery Professional

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Instructor Mark Chisholm

Mark Chisholm – Three-time World Champion and 19-time New Jersey State Tree Climbing Champion joins his brother Steve to guide you through this comprehensive two-day course.

Instructor Steve Chisholm

Steve Chisholm – Licensed Tree Expert Steve Chisholm returns for this exciting two-day course, ready to share his top-rated wealth of knowledge and years of arboriculture experience with you. 

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What Past Participants Said About the Course & Instructors

"Program was excellent."

"Good information!"

"Great instructors!"

"This class was great! I'm afraid to say that I learned of all the things I've been doing wrong. Thanks to this class, I will be safer, more efficient, and quicker. This is one of the best classes I have ever taken, well worth the 6 hour drive! Thank you!"

"Very informational in all areas of taking down tree, rigging and equipment to use"

"Both Steve and Mark are very knowledgeable in their area and easy to listen to and understand. They go over everything you want."

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