Become a TCA

The 2017 Core Course has been cancelled for this spring. Please check back for more information about future training opportunities to become a Tree Care Advisor.


Program Description

The Minnesota Tree Care Advisor program, founded in 1992, aids in the development of environmental stewards through education and the promotion of volunteerism.

Tree Care Advisors receive their initial training through what is called “Core Course”, a total of 30 hours of education and hands on training. Each Core Course is limited to 20 people, to ensure individualized attention.

There are two tracks to becoming a Tree Care Advisor:

1. The volunteer track has a reduced registration rate of $170. Under the volunteer track we ask that you set a goal of 100 hours within your first three years or at least 25 hours each year.

2. The professional development track has a higher cost of $455 and no volunteer service hours are required. This track is designed for adults working in a profession where urban forestry knowledge is needed, but they do not have the time to go back to school, and do not wish to contribute volunteer time. We do not claim that Tree Care Advisor training is as in-depth as a course in tree care.

Every three years a total of 4 hours of education must be acquired to retain Tree Care Advisor status to affirm that volunteers are receiving the most up to date information on tree care.

What you in receive education:

  • The most up to date research based information
  • A manual created solely for Tree Care Advisors
  • Cutting edge publications from the University of Minnesota, Minnesota's Departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture, and the U.S. Forest Service
  • A quarterly newsletter discussing seasonal topics, fellow Tree Care Advisors and new research updates
  • Discounts to other programs and courses such as the Tree Inspector Program and Shade Tree Short Course


What you receive in community involvement:

  • You will be one of the first to receive an invitation to the most interesting volunteer opportunities
  • It allows you to connect with others who share your interest
  • It gives you the venue to share your knowledge and love of trees
  • It creates healthier ecosystems within your community