Fruit Tree Care Training For ISA Arborists

Learn annual fruit tree pruning, pest and disease prevention, soil and fertility management and more and receive up to 8 ISA CEUs upon successfully completing the course*.

Step 1: Go through the video lessons in order. After each video review the lesson content by taking a short interactive quiz.

Step 2: Download and review the five beautifully designed eBooks and resource guides, including Susan Poizner’s award-winning eBook “Growing Urban Orchards”.

Step 3: Take the final assessment. With a score of 70% or more we will send you your Certificate in Fruit Tree Care and your CEU code. If you don’t pass the first time, try again!

Fruit Tree Care Workshops: Course Content

Module 1:
Researching Varieties

2 hours of video, review quizzes and eBook

Module 2:
Planting & Early Years

1 hour of video, review quizzes and eBook

Module 3:
Correct Fruit Tree Pruning

2 hours of video, review quizzes and eBook

Module 4:
Pest & Disease Prevention

2 hours of video, review quizzes and eBook

Module 5:
Fertility Management

1 hour of video, review quizzes and eBook

Final Assessment

Take the 40 question final assessment to earn your certificate

Course Benefits

Short Video Lessons

Each workshop is divided up into videos that are under 15 minutes so you can watch them anytime, even during your coffee break.

Watch Anywhere

Go through the videos at your own pace and watch them anywhere – on your computer, tablet or mobile device.

Try It Risk Free

If you don’t like what you see we’ll offer you a full refund within 30 days of purchasing the course.

Bonus! Fruit Tree Recommendation Sheet

Once you complete the course successfully, you will have access to Orchard People’s easy-to-use customized fruit tree care recommendation sheet.

Once you have inspected your client’s tree, tick the boxes to show which issues the tree has (including specific pest and disease problems). Then tick the relevant boxes to suggest a plan of action to care for the tree using the tools and strategies that you have learned on this course.


Join arborists from across North America who have benefitted from this training. Read their testimonials below.

“I help maintain everything from small orchards (5 – 20 fruit trees) to backyard fruit trees for many home owners. Over the years I acquired a lot of information regarding the care of fruit trees, but always look for new information from credible sources. Orchard People is one of those credible sources. The online workshop is a very thorough introduction to everything you need to know to get your fruit trees off to a good start and maintain them over the years. The course reinforced my own understanding and provided a lot of new information. For example, the importance of diploid / triploid type trees on pollination was something I hadn’t come across before.

“I especially liked the sections on seasonal pruning and pest & disease management. The reasons and methods for winter and summer pruning are covered very well. I most often prune for ‘open center’ or ‘modified open center’ tree structures, but after learning the advantages of a ‘central leader’ with a platform structure, I will try this first chance I get. The importance of dormant sprays is explained, but there is also great information on non-chemical methods. Most of my fruit tree clients prefer as natural and organic treatment as possible and now I have a wealth of new methods to apply.

“The pdf ‘handouts’ offered throughout the course are, by themselves, worth the price of admission! They include a lot of additional information beyond the workshop and I will refer to them often.

“Thank you, Susan, for an outstanding workshop. I learned much.”

Steve Heistand

Arborist, Pruning Pro, Vancouver, WA

“I’m an arborist with 12 years experience working with trees. I wasn’t sure how much knowledge I would gain from this course. I was happily surprised at how well the course was set up and how the tests resembled my arboriculture training at humber college. I’ve gained a ton of useful knowledge that I use in my day to day work and having the Orchard People badge on my website and email has increased my fruit tree based clients and professional credentials”.

Tyler Ganton

Arborist, We Care Tree Care, Toronto, Canada

“I have just completed your course and enjoyed it very much. Despite living in a fairly different climatic region (mountains of Arizona) the information you provided was applicable to the cultivation of fruit trees in our area. I would recommend this course for people who are interested in establishing a home orchard as you present the information in a very accessible format and cover a lot of interesting topics and I especially appreciate your focus on the benefits of polyculture and how these trees differ significantly in their care and needs from native or ornamental trees. I very much appreciate the fact that this course is accepted for ISA arborist CEUs and to date I have found no other courses that focus specifically on fruit trees that are accepted by ISA.”

Sean O'Meara

ISA Certified Arborist

“Fruit tree care for arborists is a fact filled course with a wealth of information on growing and caring for fruit trees organically. I would highly recommend the fruit tree care course for anyone considering growing fruit trees.”

Alan Malcolmson

ISA Certified Arborist, Master Gardener

“The course was fantastic. Great coverage. Just completed my final assessment. Thank you for your formidable contribution to growing fruit trees. Can’t wait to get started.”

Barry Crabtree

ISA Certified Arborist, Charlotte, North Carolina, Cheap To Keep Trees

“I really loved this course. It was a lot of fun and made learning the topic so interesting and enjoyable! The methods used and the way of teaching really made it easy for me to retain the information. I will definitely recommend to others.”

Liz Lovell

Horticultural Technician Apprentice, Toronto, Ontario

“I studied trees as a Forestry Technician student at Fleming College… I would recommend this course to anyone that is curious about fruit trees…There’s a wealth of information, from the basics to the finer details of tree care and pest or disease control.”

Mandy Rice

GreenUp Ecology Park Stewardship Coordinator, GreenUp Peterborough

Your Instructor

Susan Poizner

Director, Fruit Tree Care Education Online

Susan Poizner is the author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards and the creator of the award-winning online fruit tree care training portal at She is an urban orchardist, journalist and film maker living in Toronto, Canada.

*Depending on your credentials, ISA arborist graduates of Orchard People’s Certificate in Beginner Fruit Tree Care will receive the following CEU credits: BCMA Science: 3 CEUs, Practice: 5 CEUs, Management: 0 CEUs, Climber Specialist: 3 CEUs, Certified Arborist: 8 CEUs, Utility Specialist: 0 CEUs, Municipal Specialist: 5 CEUs, Aerial Lift: 3 CEUs