Clackamas Community College

Landscape Management, Arboriculture Option, AAS


This degree prepares students for a career in arboriculture and urban forestry, providing the necessary knowledge base to pass the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist exam. Courses within this program are useful for both beginning students and working arborists trying to expand the breadth and depth of their knowledge. It provides a learning environment free of the demands of production arboriculture to practice techniques used in climbing, rigging, and operations management. We focus on safety, efficiency, and the reasoning behind industry standard planting, pruning, communication, tree health, and risk assessment. Students use common tree care equipment to manage CCC’s arboretum and campus trees, gaining practical experience to enhance their knowledge.

Students are encouraged to start as a cohort in fall, as several classes in this program have pre- or co-requisites. Following the course offerings in the order listed allows for completion in a 2-year period, but isn’t required. Part-time students should check with the Horticulture advisor to determine an appropriate schedule. Working arborists are encouraged to attend and can have the prerequisites waived for higher-level classes, with enough on-the-job experience.

Oregon State University Transfer Agreement

Some horticulture classes transfer to Oregon State University as part of a bachelor’s degree. Arboriculture students planning to continue their studies at a four-year college should consult the Horticulture advisor to obtain the most recent transfer information.

For information contact April Chastain, Horticulture Department advisor, 503-594-3055 or