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Course Name: Hazardous Tree Identification
Course Code: AL0803CB23
Date of Most Recent Offering: March 20, 2023
Location: Bioresource Engineering Laboratory (formerly ECC), 18 Ag Extension Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (Directions & Map)
Format: Classroom course with hands-on field instruction
Registration Fee: TBD
Early Bird Discount Fee: TBD
Registration Closes: TBD
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This class is part of the Public Grounds Management Certificate Program.
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 in-person 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.
Course Preview Video
Aboriculture expert and Hazardous Tree Identification course instructor Steve Chisholm describes what is covered in this course.
Who Should Attend?
The Hazardous Tree Identification course is recommended for individuals who want to learn more about how to recognize trees that have the potential to cause property damage or personal injury. Past participants have included:
- Certified Arborists
- Certified Public Works Managers
- Environmental Commission Members
- Forestry Directors
- Landscape Architects and Designers
- Licensed Tree Experts and Tree Care Operators (LTE/LTCO)
- Park Maintenance Workers
- Shade Tree Commission Members
- Tree Climbers
- Urban Foresters
Hazardous Tree Identification Photo Slideshow
Catch a glimpse into the classroom and field demonstration portions of the Hazardous Tree Identification course to see how the course is taught and what types of skills are covered.
Hazard Tree ID Video Tips
Watch these short videos featuring Hazardous Tree Identification instructor Steve Chisholm to get a feel for the tips and techniques you’ll learn by attending these course.
Hazardous Tree ID Video 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.
Hazardous Tree ID Video Tip: Sounding a Tree
Steve Chisholm demonstrates how to sound a tree. Listen to the difference between sound wood and a potentially problematic hollow.
Hazardous Tree ID Video Tip: Coring a Tree
Watch Steve Chisholm demonstrate how to core a tree with a resistograph to identify hollows and other signs of decay.
Check out this article to learn more – Storm Devastation Unearths the Hazards of Neglected Trees!
Meet Your Instructors
Steve Chisholm, Aspen Tree Expert Co.
Steve Chisholm is the President of Aspen Tree Expert Co., Inc., a New Jersey Licensed Tree Expert, and ISA Certified Arborist. He is ready to share his top-rated wealth of knowledge and years of arboriculture experience with you in this course.
Ted Szczawinski, Licensed Tree Expert
New Jersey Licensed Tree Expert and professor of plant science and biology Ted Szczawinski will join the instructional team for this class, offering the practical science behind hazardous tree management in a manner that’s fun, interactive, and easy-to-understand!
“The entire course was well paced and evenly distributed throughout the day. Ted and Steve are true professionals and have an extraordinary level of knowledge in arboriculture.”
– Past Participant
“The overall course was excellent. I found the case studies to be extremely useful.”
– Past Participant
“[After taking this class, I have a] better understanding of resistograph and industry standards. [It] added to my level of confidence [that] I am on the right track with my work.”
– Past Participant
Continuing Education Credits
The most recent offering of Hazardous Tree Identification was approved for the following credits from professional organizations. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.
NJ Certified Public Works Managers (CPWM): 5 Technical CEUs (# DLGS23-RUOCPE-1)
NJ Licensed Tree Experts (LTE/LTCO): 5.5 CEUs
NJ Urban and Community Forestry (NJUCF): Pending
International Society of Arboriculture (ISA): Pending
No breakfast will be provided. Box lunches will be available for pre-registered attendees only.
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.
Course Requirements and Policies
COVID-19 Mask & Vaccination Policies for Face-to-Face Classes
Registrants attending OCPE events are not currently required to wear face masks or provide proof of vaccination.
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- Masks are welcome.
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Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.
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Cancellations and Substitutions
A $35 cancellation fee applies for this course. Substitutions are permitted. View our cancellation policy.
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®. Learn more.
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Program Questions? We’re Here to Help!
If you have any questions about Hazardous Tree Identification, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Program Coordinator: Joe Canzano
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