Originally Posted by easy-lift guy
I believe you just contradicted yourself by saying "If there is a college program, see about taking some classes. No need for a degree, really.
And than your next paragraph states, "The ISA book has a lot of stuff, but if someone just reads and memorizes it, that's really not much of an education. It really takes time, plenty of reading, experience and practice. And some coaching too."
Which bit of advise are you attempting to convey?
I went to the local college, took almost every tree and landscape class, and skipped virtually every general education class.
Got plenty of college education, with no intent of getting a degree.
No contradiction ... just how one perceives what's written.
Also, at least at the local college, the instructors range from Certified Arborists, to landscape designers, to PhDs, with up to 20 or 30 years experience in some cases. They included some hands-on with class instruction ... plus provide "coaching" in the classroom. And even more outside the classroom if the opportunity for lunch arises.
Back in the 80s and 90s, we used to go out for a snack after almost every night class with the instructors, and got an extra education on the side. Some will meet after class, others don't.