Three Certifications, One Community.


Community Forest certifications represent a symbiotic ecosystem where each member plays a vital role in the design, establishment, and implementation of healthy Community Forestry principles.

Elevate your professional credentials and demonstrate an aptitude for proper community forest stewardship by earning one of the following certifications!



Which path is right for you?

Accredited Community Forest™

For properties

Get Certified!

Certified Community Forester™

For professionals & contractors

Get Certified!

Certified Community Forest Warden™

For municipal foresters

Get Certified!

Who may become a Certified Community Forester™?

  • Arborists, Arboriculturists & Arborologists
  • Landscape Managers
  • Horticulturists
  • Ecologists
  • Gardeners
  • Permaculturists
  • Agroforesters
  • Property Managers
  • Community Managers
  • Estate Managers
  • Facility Managers
  • Camp Directors
  • any other related field that is directly involved in managing trees

The Heart of Community Forestry

Community Forestry incorporates sound practices and principles from multiple fields of study in order to provide the most well-rounded stewardship approach. It factors in what is best for trees; what is best for the environment in which the trees occur; and what is best for the human element living within the tree environment.

Subjects covered in the certification course:


  • Tree Health Care
  • Pruning
  • Risk Assessment
  • Removals


  • Identifying constituents
  • Soil biome
  • Succession planning
  • Wildlife habitat

Landscape Design

  • Design principles 
  • Planting strategies
  • Site considerations
  • Common design issues