Tree and Plant Appraisal Qualification – TPAQ

Tree and Plant Appraisal Qualification (TPAQ) Training Now Available

June 24-25, 2024, Olds College, Olds AB

If you want introductory training in the theory and application of current tree and plant appraisal, register now to attend our TPAQ training. This event will utilize both instructor-led discussions and case scenarios to illustrate concepts allowing participants to become familiar with the relevant methods and techniques used to approach plant appraisals and the ability to make reasoned judgments about the value of trees and landscape plants.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will:

  • • Understand basic appraisal concepts.
  • • Define the tree and plant appraisal process.
  • • Understand tree and plant appraisal, approaches, methods, and techniques.
  • • Apply tree and plant appraisal approaches, methods, and techniques.
  • • Present assignment results. 



To apply to take the TPAQ workshop and earn the TPAQ certificate, applicants must:

  1. 1. STANDARDS of PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE – Applicant will provide a signature page with application agreeing to follow the ASCA Standards of Professional Practice when conducting their work in the appraisal of plant or tree assignments.
  2. 2. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – Applicant will provide evidence of a minimum of 5 years of professional work experience in horticulture or arboriculture by the submittal of a curriculum vitae or resume. Email resume to:
  3. 3. Applicant will provide evidence of at least one of the following:
    – Possess a four-year degree in arboriculture or a closely related field, such as urban forestry, horticulture, plant pathology, entomology, forestry, or plant biology (120 hours of study), email proof of education to


– Be a Registered Consulting Arborist®, BCMA, or hold a similar credential from any other CTLA organization (ASCA, ISA, TCIA, ASLA, AmericanHort, ACF, NALP.) Email certificate to


Workshop Materials

You will be provided with a physical copy of the ASCA Tree and Plant Appraisal Qualification Workbook, as well as all necessary testing materials (Scantron, #2 pencils, exam).

In addition to the provided materials you are also required to bring the following:

  • Guide for Plant Appraisal, 10th Edition– physical copy only, a digit copy of the 10th Edition is NOT permitted
  • • Hard hat
  • • High visibility clothing (i.e. – vest)
  • • Scientific calculator (cell phone calculators are acceptable)


Additional resources encouraged but not required:





$1600 CAD for Qualified ASCA Members

$2000 CAD for Qualified Non–Members



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