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Tuesday April 16, 2024
9:00 am – 4:30 pm CST


Presented by: Brian Beaty, RCA, BCMA

The Science and Benefits of Pruning

  • Purposes of pruning
  • Strategies for pruning
  • Severity of pruning
  • Evaluating trees before pruning

Reducing the Need to Prune through Thoughtful Tree Selection, Placement and Maintenance

  • General rules of urban tree placement
  • Selecting species and cultivars
  • Tree form and habit

Understanding Tree Form before Pruning

  • Tree biology and anatomy
  • Trunks and branches
  • Pruning for health and strength

Improving Tree Health through Pruning

  • Tree nutrition and growth
  • Injuries, diseases and pests, and tree response to threats
  • Best practices for young trees, healthy trees and compromised trees

Pruning Timing and Tools

  • Pruning for different types and ages of trees
  • Time of year and frequency of pruning
  • Cutting tools and peripheral equipment
  • Tools for pruning roots
  • Tool cleaning and maintenance

Pruning Techniques

  • Types of cuts
  • Planning and making cuts
  • Post-cut procedures
  • Pruning dead or dying branches


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Professional Engineers
6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW CE Hours

Landscape Architects
6.5 HSW CE Hours

6.5 ISA CEUs

Certified Foresters
Up to 6.5 CFEs


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.5 PDHs for professional engineers, 6.5 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects, and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours for landscape architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the LA CES.

The International Society of Arboriculture has approved this course for the following CEUs: 6.5 Certified Arborist, Climber Specialist, Utility Specialist, Municipal Specialist; 4.0 ISA BCMA Management; 2.5 BCMA Practice.

Foresters may be able to earn up to 6.5 Category 1 CFE credits through the CFE post-approval process with the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Credit determination will be made by SAF.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).

On-Demand Credits

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request:

6.5 HSW LUs (AIA)


Brian Beaty, RCA, BCMA

Arborist at B2 Arboriculture, Tree Protection Services

For the last decade, Mr. Beaty served as the Campus Arborist at Dartmouth College caring for hundreds of mature trees of historical significance. His particular area of expertise is the care and culture of American elms trees in urban settings. Over this time, he regularly presented on subjects including mature tree management, tree risk management, and big tree measurement. Mr. Beaty’s popular campus tree tour series features discussion of botany, ecology, history, and the relationship between historic architecture and legacy trees. He oversaw tree protection planning and management over a period of intense construction and expansion of the Dartmouth campus and worked with several architects and construction engineers to create innovative solutions to often difficult conflicts between physical and biological infrastructure concerns. 
In 2022, Mr. Beaty returned to full time practice as a professional consulting arborist to institutional, municipal, legal and estate clients. He is a long-term registered consulting arborist and member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists, a board certified master arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), and an ISA municipal arborist specialist. 

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Pruniversity: The Short Course on Pruning and Training Trees

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course is intended to assist design professionals in pruning and training trees in the urban environment. More specifically, the course discusses the science of trees, tree health, and pruning practices to provide a holistic understanding of trees so that design professionals can determine the best care for different types and ages of trees, regardless of their affliction.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to discuss the science, purposes, benefits, strategies, and severity of pruning. Learners will also be able to properly evaluate trees before pruning.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to review tree biology and anatomy to better understand tree form before pruning and reduce the need for pruning through thoughtful urban tree selection, placement, and maintenance.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to understand tree injuries, diseases and pests, and how the tree responds to these threats in order to employ best practices for young trees, healthy trees, and compromised trees.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to determine the best time of year, frequency, tools and equipment for pruning different types and ages of trees.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to identify the types of cuts, plan and make cuts, and utilize proper post-cut procedures.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: None

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 08/01/2025

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.