Serving Arborist of the Coastal Region for Georgia and South Carolina

The Coastal Arborist Association (CAA) was founded in 2015 to provide education, training, and fellowship to arborists in the coastal region of Georgia and South Carolina by encouraging safe practices and continuing education opportunities.

We partner with the Georgia Arborist Association (GAA) to serve as our non-profit agent, as well as our collaborators in pushing our mission forward. For additional information or to become a member, please contact CAA Administrator, Neil Norton at: or 404-913-1422

Upcoming events

    • August 04, 2022
    • August 25, 2022
    • 7 sessions
    • Zoom Webinar


    ISA Certified Arborist®  Exam Review Course

    Presented by:  

    Rob Swanson and Kay Evanovich

    Certified Arborist

    About: Over seven sessions, instructors and certified arborists Rob Swanson and Kay Evanovich will help attendees prepare for the exam with talks covering Tree Biology, Tree Identification, Soil Science, Water Management, Tree Nutrition and Fertilization, Tree Selection, Installation and Establishment, Pruning, Tree Support and Lightning Protection, Diagnosis and Plant Disorders, Plant Health Care, Tree Assessment and Risk Management, Trees and Construction, Urban Forestry, Tree Worker Safety, and Climbing & Working in Trees.  Attendees will also learn about eligibility for the exam and taking the exam.

    STUDY GUIDE: Attendees should read through the ISA Arborist Certification Study Guide (not included) to prepare for the review and the exam. The Arborist Certification Study Guide is available at and The GAA does have a limited amount of Study Guides available.  Please contact if you would like to make a donation in exchange for a study guide.  Attendees will be responsible for completing their own application for the exam.  You can find a copy of the ISA Certified Arborist Application Guide HERE.

    Location: Zoom Call, Reminders will be sent out to all registered 7, 3, & 1 day(s) before.

    Please be sure to read all instructions within your confirmation and reminder emails to ensure you are fully registered to receive the Zoom call log in links and passwords

    This course will meet seven times:

    Thursday 8/4;  9am- 11:30 am

    Welcome and Introductions

    Course Introduction and Objectives

    Chapter 1 – Biology- Rob Swanson

    15 minute break

    Chapter 2- Tree ID- Kay Evanovich


    Tuesday 8/9;  9 a.m- 11:30 am

    Chapter 3- Soil- Kay Evanovich

    Chapter 4- water- Kay Evanovich

    15 minute break

    Chapter 6-Tree selection- Kay Evanovich

    Exam Information- GFC Representative


    Thursday 8/11;  9 am- 11 am

    Chapter 5- Nutrition- Rob Swanson

    15 minute break

    Chapter 10- Diagnosis- Rob Swanson


    Tuesday 8/16;  9 am- 11:30 am

    Chapter 9- Support/lightning- Rob Swanson

    15 minute break

    Chapter 11- Healthcare – Rob Swanson


    Thursday 8/18;  9 am- 11:30 am

    Chapter 7- Installation/establishment - Kay Evanovich

    15 minute break

    Chapter 8- Pruning- Rob Swanson


    Tuesday 8/23;  9 am- 11:30 am

    Chapter 13- Construction- Kay Evanovich

    15 minute break

    Chapter 14- Urban Forestry- Kay Evanovich


     Thursday 8/25;  9 am- 11:30 am

    Chapter 15- Safety - Rob Swanson

    Chapter 16- Climbing- Rob Swanson

    Chapter 12- Risk assessment - Rob Swanson

    All registrants will also be sent a link to each class recording at the end of each week.

    Cost: GAA members $100, Non-Members $160 (includes 1 year membership to GAA)

    SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE SPONSORED BY GEORGIA FORESTRY COMMISSION, AVAILABLE to tree board members and tree care workers employed by a city, county, school or university who are not ISA Certified Arborists.

    Download application: Download Here
    Email to submit scholarship document and/or questions.

    ISA CEUs: 15       

    Questions? Contact GAA Administrator at 404-913-1422 or at

Past events

April 11, 2022 GAA Training: Soil Fracturing & Organic Treatments
February 14, 2022 GAA Training - The 411 on Wood Decay in Living Trees
January 11, 2022 ISA Certified Arborist® Exam Course
October 12, 2021 Pesticide Policy, Uses, and Risks
August 19, 2021 Summer Workshop- Turf, Trees, & Soil: An Uneasy Alliance
August 10, 2021 CAA Training: Tree Planting
July 20, 2021 ISA Certified Arborist® Exam Course
July 13, 2021 GAA Training: Tree Consultations: Tools, Methods, and Knowledge
May 11, 2021 GAA Training: Tree Rigging, Efficiency and Safety
March 09, 2021 GAA Training:Urban Trees: Pests, Diseases, & Solutions
February 22, 2021 GAA Special Event: Winter Tree ID
February 09, 2021 CAA Training: Expand your Business with DOT Contracts.
January 12, 2021 Grow Your Arborist Career: Credentials Are Important
November 11, 2020 Requirements for Writing a Tree Prescription for a Municipality
October 14, 2020 CAA Presents:Hurricanes, Wind, Water & Tree Devastation
September 08, 2020 Georgia Tree Care Industry Economic Impact & Licensing Analysis
August 27, 2020 Tree Pruning Strategies for our oldest and biggest trees
August 11, 2020 Chainsaw Safety Resources and Techniques
July 14, 2020 Bark, Wood Boring, and Ambrosia beetles on Loblolly Pines
June 18, 2020 How Do I Become a Certified Arborist?
June 09, 2020 Arboriculture and Bonsai: Similarities and Differences
May 12, 2020 Tree Prescriptions and Watering Big Trees
July 10, 2019 Coastal Arborist Association July Lunch & Learn
February 13, 2019 Coastal Arborist Association February Lunch & Learn
June 06, 2018 Coastal Arborist Association June Lunch & Learn
April 11, 2018 Coastal Arborist Association April Lunch & Learn: Dr. Don Gardner
February 07, 2018 Coastal Arborist Association February Lunch & Learn
November 08, 2017 Coastal Arborist Association November Lunch & Learn
October 18, 2017 Coastal Arborist Association October Lunch & Learn
October 06, 2017 Vermeer SE Presents Arborist Training Seminar
September 13, 2017 Coastal Arborist Association Lunch & Learn
June 14, 2017 Coastal Arborists June Meeting
March 08, 2017 Coastal Arborist Association Lunch & Learn
February 13, 2017 Coastal Arborist Association Lunch & Learn
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