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Hazardous Tree Identification

An Arborist Training / Landscaping Course

Course Code: AL0803CA20

Hazardous Tree Identification

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Date & Time

Last Held: November 19, 2019
9:00am - 3:30pm (Check in time: 8:30am)

Next offering tentatively planned for November 2021. Registration will open when course date is confirmed.


Hazardous Tree Identification: Course Preview Videos

Rutgers Hazard Tree ID Class Overview: What You Will Learn to Assess

Hazardous Tree Identification Course Preview

Aboriculture expert and Hazardous Tree Identification course instructor, Steve Chisholm, describes what is covered in this course.

What is a Target? - Rutgers Hazard Tree ID Class

Hazardous Tree ID Tip: What is a Target?

Without a target, you don't have a hazardous tree. Watch this video to find out what a target is.

Sounding A Tree - Rutgers Hazard Tree ID Class Tip

Hazardous Tree ID Tip: Sounding a Tree

Steve Chisholm demonstrates how to sound a tree. Listen to the difference between sound wood and a potentially problematic hollow.

Resistograph / Coring a Tree - Rutgers Hazard Tree ID Class

Hazardous Tree ID Tip: Coring a Tree

Watch Steve Chisholm demonstrate how to core a tree with a resistograph to identify hollows and other signs of decay.

Hazardous trees are tough to recognize and costly to ignore. They can be deadly if not managed before an avoidable accident occurs. In this one-day course, Licensed Tree Experts Ted Szczawinski and Steve Chisholm will walk you through the step-by-step process of identifying a hazard, dealing with the hazard, properly documenting your findings, and then recording the work you performed. The class will include hands-on field instruction, and it will detail the three-point tree rating system used by many top professionals.

Interested in earning a Landscape Certificate?
This is a required course for the Rutgers Public Grounds Management Certificate program.

Instructor Steve Chisholm

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

Instructor Ted Szczawinski

Ted Szczawinski – Licensed Tree Expert and professor of plant science and biology Ted Szczawinski will join the class, offering the practical science behind hazardous tree management in a manner that's fun, interactive, and easy-to-understand! 

Hazardous Tree Identification Class: Photo Slideshow

Who Should Attend This Course?

This course is recommended for the following types of professionals:

  • Arborist
  • Grounds Inspector
  • Parks Supervisor
  • Parks Groundskeeper
  • Private Landscape Contractors
  • Public Health Inspector
  • Public Works Supervisor
  • School Building and Grounds Supervisor
  • School Building and Groundskeepers
  • Shade Tree Commissioner
  • Tree Climber

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The November 19, 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

International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Credits
Certified Arborist: 5; BCMA Practice: 2.5; BCMA Management: 2.5

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

NJ Urban and Community Forestry Continuing Education Units
5 CEUs

NJ Licensed Professional Engineers
5.25 credits

NJ Licensed Tree Experts
5.25 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.

Cook Student Center, Room 202
59 Biel Road, 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.

Would you like to be notified about future classes? 
Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our mailing list:
1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "Hazardous Tree Identification" or Course Code AL0803) 
2. Call us at 848-932-9271, select option 3
3. E-mail us at

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

How Past Participants Rated the Instructors

Ratings of the Instructors:
(tally of responses received)

  Excellent Very Good Good Fair Poor
Ted Szczawinski 30 2 0 0 0
Steve Chisholm 29 2 1 0 0

Comment from last year's class about Steve:
"Great teacher. Easy to learn from."

Comment from last year's class about Ted:
"Always a pleasure, easy to listen to, great knowledge."

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