The Kentucky Arborists' Association (KAA) is a state-wide chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. We represent arborists throughout the state of Kentucky and beyond through education, training and professional development.

The KAA is a professional organization representing arborists and the tree care industry in our state. We provide workshops, training, certification exams, an annual conference and the Kentucky Tree Climbing Championship to promote our industry and support Kentucky's arborists and tree care specialists.   

                                                           Calendar of Events

2023 Kentucky Tree Climbing Competition (KYTCC)

Chair: Joey Hampton, KYTCC Chair


Date: Saturday, October 14, 2023

Location: Cumberland Falls State Resort Park,

7351 Highway 90, Corbin, KY, 40701

To volunteer, event details & climber registration:

2024 KAA Annual Conference

Dates: February 22 & 23, 2024

Location: Boone County

Registration Link: TBD

Contact: Bonnie Burnick at

ISA Certified Arborists Two-Day Preparation Course & Exam, (Save the Date)

ISA Certified Arborists Two-Day Preparation Course 

Dates: October 30 & 31, 2023

Exam Date: November 1, 2023

Location: Boone County Cooperative Extension Service Enrichment Center, 1824 Patrick Dr., Burlington, KY 41005

Registration Link: 

Contact: William M. Fountain at

Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Renewal Course (TRAQ), 

Dates: Winter 2024

Please check ISA's Events Calendar for regional Renewal Course Dates: TBD 

Contact: William M. Fountain at

Tree Decay Processes: The Science of Fungal Cankers and Wood Rots

Dates:  Fall 2023

Location: TBD

Contact: William M. Fountain at

Regional Opportunities:

Kentucky Citizen Science Opportunity

 “Need CEU’s on your schedule?  Learn about the latest invasive insects threatening Kentucky’s trees and crops and earn up to 4 ISA CEU’s upon completion of the quizzes.  Information covered includes: Spotted Lanternfly, Spongy Moth, general invasive info and an intro to the Office of the State Entomologist’s app for monitoring invasive pests.  You can contribute and help protect Kentucky’s valuable natural biodiversity by participating in the citizen science network.”  

Contact: Julie Collins at

Ohio Tree Conference