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Preparation is key for success on the MCA Exam.  If you're considering taking the exam, start off with the following:

1. Order the online MCA Study Guide.  You might consider also purchasing the optional print version (details below)

2. Order (or borrow) Best Management Practice manuals

3. Register for the MCA Overview (optional)

Details below!

Order an MCA Study Guide

The MCA Study Guide 3.0 serves as a primer for MCA exam candidates, as well as a comprehensive resource for tree care professionals. The study guide was developed by the MCA examining committee, compromised of leading arborists from across the state, along with a team of experts from the University of Massachusetts including Mike Davidsohn, Dr. Dennis Ryan and Dr. Brian Kane. 

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PURCHASE OF THE ONLINE STUDY GUIDE IS REQUIRED to sit for the MCA Exam.

If you would like a bound copy of the Study Guide Chapters, this is an OPTIONAL purchase.   The bound book does not contain the ID images which are necessary for test preparation.  We offer the bound chapters as a convenience for exam candidates but it does not replace purchase of the online material.

You will not receive immediate online access.  Please allow 1-2 business days for access to the locked online pages.

Additional resources are required for full test preparation.  See below for ordering instructions.  These manuals may be purchased or borrowed / shared among colleagues.  


SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS FOR TEST PREPARATION

Beyond material found in the MCA Study Guide 3.0, the exam will test on information found in specific Best Management Practice (BMPmanuals. BMP manuals serve as a companion to the ANSI Standards and provide the most comprehensive information on currently accepted arboricultural practices. These manuals may be shared in companies with multiple people studying for the exam.

These publications are sold through both TCIA and ISA.  MAA has partnered with TCIA to obtain a 10% discount for MCA candidates. ISA members may find that their member discounts make ISA pricing is more favorable.   

To order from TCIA, you must call their distribution center.
800-733-2622
Tell them that you are buying materials for the MCA Certification. 
A 10% discount applies to members and non-members of TCIA.

PRUNING

3rd Edition, Best Management Practices: Pruning manual (2019)
Available from TCIA by phone. 
Also available from ISA:  3rd Edition Best Management Practices Pruning manual

TREE SUPPORT SYSTEMS

Tree Support Systems 3rd Edition (2014) - Best Management Practice manual
Available from TCIA by phone.  
Also available from ISA (as a combo pack):  Combo pack of ANSI Part 3 Tree Support System Standard and BMP 

TREE INSTALLATION & CARE

Tree Planting 2nd Edition (2014) - Best Management Practice manual
Available from TCIA by phone.
Also available from ISA (as a combo pack):  ANSI Part 6 Tree Planting Standard and BMP 

TREE RISK MANAGEMENT

Tree Risk Assessment 2nd edition (2017) - Best Management Practice manual
Available from TCIA by phone.
Also available from ISA (as a combo pack): Combo pack of ANSI Part 9 Tree Risk Assessment Standard and BMP 

INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM)

Integrated Pest Management 2nd edition  (2016) - Best Management Practice manual
Available from TCIA by phone.  
Also available from ISA (as a combo pack):  Combo pack of ANSI Part 10 Integrated Pest Management Standard and BMP


CONSIDER ADDING THE MCA OVERVIEW TO YOUR STUDY MATERIALS

If you have:
... thought about taking the MCA exam, but weren’t sure what to expect
... wondered about the fundamentals of the exam and how to best prepare
... heard tall tales from others about the exam and want to get the facts
... taken the exam before and need to fine tune your study skills

This is the course for you!

Two on-demand webinars take you through the Study Guide and BMP chapters, with emphasis on the key facts and skills to study.  95% of participants felt this course helped them in the exam preparation.

Led by former MCA Committee member Russell Holman, MCA.

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