Utility Arboriculture - Online Class (UMass Amherst)

NRC 397U - Special Topics: Utility Arboriculture

UMass-Amherst lecturer Kristina Bezanson, BCMA (and New England ISA Board Member) has created an online class on Utility Arboriculture that will be offered this spring through UMass-Amherst.

The class follows the book Utility Arboriculture: The Utility Specialist Certification Study Guide recently published by the International Society of Arboriculture. The utility industry is short on arborists and this course will help prepare arborists for work in the field.

The course is for those who have a basic understanding of arboriculture and are looking to acquire knowledge in the utility sectors and the numerous related disciplines that all work together in vegetation management near utilities.

The course will cover principles and practices of utility arboriculture, including Utility Pruning, Integrated Vegetation Management, Safety, Project Management, Regulations, Communications, Electrical Knowledge, and Storm and Disaster Management. Arborists, tree wardens, foresters, natural resource managers, government agents, and non-profit tree groups would benefit from this online class. 



Base cost: $1446 ($482/credit)
Term Fee: $47
Class Fee: $ 
Materials fee may apply. See SPIRE for details


  • Start date: September 3, 2019
  • End date: December 11, 2019
  • Last day to add: September 16, 2019
  • Last day to drop: September 16, 2019
  • Last day to withdraw: October 29, 2019


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