Pre-Approved Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Earning Pre-approved CEUs

CEUs are offered through workshops, and seminars presented by ISA and network of chapters, professional associations, allied partners, academic institutions, and other organizations that have sought pre-approval through ISA.

Benefits of attending a pre-approved event are:

  • Attendees know how many CEUs they will earn for attending the event before the event

  • Faster processing times since the content has already been reviewed

  • Less paperwork for attendees

How to request pre-approval for an event

If you are organizing or instructing an event that you believe may be eligible for CEU credit, you may submit a request to have it pre-approved. To be eligible for CEU credit, an event:

  1. Must directly relate to the field of arboriculture and one of the topics found on the certification exam outline.

  2. Must have an educational focus and a form of measurable learning.

  3. Must be at least 30 minutes in length or have several eligible sessions that add up to at least 30 minutes.

To request pre-approval for the Midwestern Chapter-ISA, you may submit a PRE-APPROVAL FORM and a detailed agenda or outline that shows how the training time will be used to If you have any additional questions, call Megan at (531)289-8267 .

Maintaining Your Credentials

All ISA Certifications are valid for three years. To maintain your certification, you must earn a minimum number of ISA Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the end of the three-year period and pay a recertification fee. Or, you can retake and pass the exam. The number of CEUs required depends upon the credential you hold:

  • ISA Certified Arborist: 30 CEUs

  • ISA Certified Arborist Utility Specialist: 6 Utility CEUs + 30 Arborist CEUs = 36 total

  • ISA Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist: 12 Municipal CEUs + 30 Arborist CEUs = 42 total

  • ISA Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist*: 15 CEUs

  • ISA Certified Tree Worker Aerial Lift Specialist*: 15 CEUs

  • ISA Board Certified Master Arborist: 60 CEUs; 20 each in Science, Practice, and Management

Need CEUs?

To view a list of pre-approved events, visit the ISA CALENDAR and search for events offering CEU opportunities near you!

Tracking Your CEUs

ISA will track how many CEUs you have and how many you need for renewal. You may also check your CEUs status by logging into your account.

Post-Approved Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Earning Post-Approved CEUs

The strength of the ISA Certification Program is in the continuing education component. As with any type of professional certification, there must be a way to measure continued competence. Continuing education units (CEUs) are part of the requirement for recertification every three (3) years. If you have attended a course that seems appropriate for CEUs, please see instructions below.

How to request post-approval for an event

If educational materials or events are not pre-approved, but you believe they are worthy of CEU credit, you may complete the following steps to request an ISA review. For consideration of post-approval, all three items must be submitted to ISA Headquarters.

  1. Complete the CEU POST-APPROVAL REQUEST FORM that includes your contact information and certification ID.

  2. Provide a detailed agenda or outline from the event that shows how the training time was used, including a list of specific topics that were covered and how much time was spent on each topic.

  3. Submit proof of your attendance at the event. (This can be in the form of an attendance sheet, certificate of completion, letter of verification from instructor/organizer, registration receipt, etc.)

My Submission Request

You can now submit requests for post approval CEUs by logging into your ISA account online! Upload documentation and input the attendees for each event. You may leave and return at any time until the “I am finished” button is clicked to submit the request to ISA. Watch this area for current status and final determination.