The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) launched its new Online Learning Center (OLC), which features self-paced training courses on a variety of topics. The OLC is a 24 hour portal to learning and professional development in the field of arboriculture.
ISA has long been a leader in arboriculture education and over the past few years identified the need to provide educational opportunities through the web. The ability to access educational materials online provides alternatives for professional development, and additional CEU opportunities. The OLC also creates an infrastructure of affordable learning and training that is accessible to arborists across the globe.
With the OLC ISA credential holders can complete courses for convenient opportunities to earn CEU credits toward maintaining their certification. Employers will also benefit from the availability of arboricultural education and training in the easy to use online format. Employees will have more opportunities to broaden their arboriculture knowledge in a flexible convenient way that will save employers time and money.
Luana Vargas, ISA’s Educational Development Manager, affirmed “We wanted to provide an affordable and convenient way for arborists to learn about specific topics in arboriculture from the comfort of their houses or office in an on-demand system. The new online platform removes the wait, added costs, and travel normally associated with educational opportunities.”
The OLC launched offering 25 courses including one that can be taken free of charge. “We will continually be adding more topics to our course library,” Vargas added. Anyone can log-in or create an account for the online portal to access and purchase course options. The first training courses available online include the ISA Introduction to Arboriculture: Interactive Series. As a special launch offer, individuals can log-in to take the Tree Worker Safety module for free and attain CEUS once they have successfully completed the course.
ISA first created online educational resources with the 2009 introduction of its ArborPod free podcasts series. The podcasts offer online quizzes that may be purchased to earn CEU credits.
To access the ISA Online Learning Center and other online educational resources visit http://www.isa-arbor.com/OLC