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Hazardous Tree Identification


Course Code: AL0812WA21

Hazardous Tree Identification

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Date & Time

Last Held: December 18, 2020
9:00am - 3:30pm EST (Log-in time: 8:30am EST)

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


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 online 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 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! 

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

See how your colleagues rated the instructors


The December 18, 2020 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.

**PLEASE NOTE: In order to receive recertification credits for any of our online courses, you will need to upload a photo ID and your license number before the class. You will be sent an email approximately one week prior to the class with instructions. If you do not upload this information, you will NOT be able to attend.

NJ Licensed Tree Experts
5.25 CEUs for LTE and LTCO

NJ Certified Public Works Manager (CPWM) Credits
5 Technical

International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Credits

NJ Urban and Community Forestry Continuing Education Units
5 CEUs

Early Registration Fee TBD  
Registration Fee TBD  
Cancellation Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


No meals will be provided.

Accessing this Online Course

This course will be delivered online via the Canvas learning system. Registration will close on December 16, 2020. On December 17, you will receive an email with a link to access the course. You will also receive a document with tips on how to use Canvas. On December 18, please login to Canvas 30 minutes before start time for a brief overview of the online format. The course will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. EST.

Equipment you will need to access this training:

  • A computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • Microphone is necessary if you'd like to ask questions.
  • Webcam is optional but not necessary
  • Speaker is optional but not necessary (you will be able to listen to the presentation by dialing in on your phone if your computer does not have a speaker)

**PLEASE NOTE: You will need to upload a photo ID before the class. You will be sent an email approximately one week prior to the class with instructions. If you cannot upload the ID, you will NOT be able to attend.


  • If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with co-workers.

  • If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with your co-workers or supervisor, you must update your account with a unique email address. Click the Register Online button below and sign into your account. On the left side toolbar, click My Account. On the drop-down menu, click Edit Profile/Password. Scroll down to the Email Address field (not the secondary email address field!) and enter your own, individual (not shared!) email address here. Click the Submit button at the bottom to save. If you need assistance updating your account, please email or call (848-932-9271, option 2) our Registration Department.

Note: Pre-registration is required.


Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

Would you like to be notified when the next offering is scheduled? 
Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our email list:
1. Click here to join our email list (please reference "Hazardous Tree Identification" or Course Code AL0812) 
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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