Study Guide & Exam Fee Overview

MAA Members:
Study Guide: $95
Exam Fee: $175
Re-exam Fee: $75

Non-Members:
Study Guide: $195.00
Exam Fee: $275
Re-exam Fee: $150

Re-Exams must be taken within a year of first exam.

Preparing for the MCA exam? 

Start here.

To be eligible for the MCA Exam, candidates must:

1. Purchase Study Guide 3.0 (or have previously purchased SG 2.0). 

 

 

CLICK ICON TO PURCHASE ACCESS TO STUDY GUIDE 3.0.  

Owners of Study Guide 2.0 do not need to purchase Study Guide 3.0  You have automatic access to the online guide by logging in at the Study Guide web page. Your email address is your user name. Click FORGOT PASSWORD to receive a link to set your password. Once logged in, you may view the Study Guide page (located in the top menu certification drop-down).

LOG IN TO THE MCA STUDY GUIDE

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2. Utilize the online portal to access the most up to date 3.0 Study Guide information. 

MAA will no longer distribute zip drives or CD-Roms containing the Study Guide and information from Study Guide 2.0 is considered obsolete. Access to the online Study Guide is granted for a period of 3 years.  After that time, one may renew their access to the online guide for a nominal fee.

3. Review the additional resources list for test preparation.

Beyond material found in the MCA Study Guide 3.0, the exam will now test on information found in specific A300 Best Management Practices manuals. These manuals provide the most comprehensive information on currently accepted arboricultural practices. Manuals may be shared in companies with multiple people studying for the exam.

MAA has partnered with TCIA to obtain a 10% discount for members and non-members of TCIA.  To receive a 10% discount from TCIA, call 800-733-2622 and state that you are ordering materials for the MCA Certification.   (Manuals are also available at ISA; ISA members may find that pricing more favorable).

PRUNING
3rd Edition, Best Management Practices: Pruning manual (2019) 

TREE SUPPORT SYSTEMS
3rd Edition, Best Management Practices: Tree Support Systems (2014)

TREE INSTALLATION & CARE
2nd Edition, Best Management Practices: Tree Planting (2014)

TREE RISK MANAGEMENT
2nd Edition, Tree Risk Assessment (2017)

INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM)
2nd Edition, Integrated Pest Management (2016)

4.  Register for an upcoming exam.  Exams are held twice per year in April and October.

REGISTER FOR FRIDAY APRIL 10, 2020 MCA Exam

Next exam is Wednesday October 10, 2020.
Note: Exam registrations may be advanced to a future date once only. 


Please continue to check the MAA website and your email for important updates. Thank you.

Brandon Maltby, MCA, Committee Chair
Rachel Brinkman, MCA
Bruce Duffy, MCA
Keith Bernard, MCA
Max Ford-Diamond, MCA, Past Chair

Carrie Martin, MAA Membership & Certification Manager
[email protected]
508-653-3320