Become a Tree Care Advisor

2018 Core Course Schedule & Application

The Minnesota Tree Care Advisor Program is currently opening up applications for the 2018 Core Course! Please be sure to read all details on this webpage and returning your application before the deadlines listed below*.


**Please note, because of the winter storm on April 14th, we have rescheduled the first day of the Southern Minnesota Core Course. This section will begin on May 26th, 2018**


Core Course Fees (paid upon application acceptance):

Volunteer Track Fee: $170

Professional Development Track Fee: $455

Core Course Application:

PDF icon 2018 Tree Care Advisor Application

Core Course Topics & Modules:

PDF icon 2018 Core Course Topics & Assignments

PDF icon 2018 Core Course Day Break Downs (weekend + afternoon/evening)


You may complete your application by either filling out the PDF form and e-mailing the final copy to or by printing out the application, completing it, and mailing it to the Tree Care Advocate Program


*If you choose to create a custom Core Course experience (selecting dates from different locations and/or times), your schedule must be approved by the program coordinator and your application must be received 2 weeks prior to the first training date you have selected. For details on which topics will be taught during specific classes, please see the 2018 Core Course Day Breakdowns file above and have a plan in mind to ensure your attendance of all modules. Please contact or 612-625-2361 to confirm your application deadline, confirm all modules are covered and schedule if you choose this option.



Tree Care Advisor Program Description



The Minnesota Tree Care Advisor program, founded in 1993, aids in the development of environmental stewards through education and the promotion of volunteerism. Tree Care Advisor volunteers are dedicated to volunteerism and to improving the urban and community forests in the State of Minnesota.


Core Course Education

Tree Care Advisors receive their initial training through what is called “Core Course”. Beginning in 2018, the Core Course will be taught half online (estimated 21 hours) and half in person (21 hours) over the course of multiple months. Each Core Course session is limited to 20 people to ensure individualized attention. The Core Course has traditionally been taught on the UMN St. Paul campus, though upon demand, courses have been offered in Mankato, Rochester, and Saint Peter. In 2018, the Tree Care Advisor Program is expanding to bring Core Course training each of the following areas: Central Minnesota, Crookston, the Twin Cities/Metro, the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus, and Rochester.

Volunteer Track: 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 related to trees, shrubs, vines, pests, pathogens, etc. Every year, a total of 4 hours of education must be acquired to retain Tree Care Advisor active status. This is to affirm that volunteers are receiving the most up to date information on tree care.

Registration Fee: $170


Professional Development Track: This track has a higher cost 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.

Registration Fee: $455