All certified arborists, tree care professionals and tree service companies are not equal. The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) created a certified arborists program to ensure a high standard of professionalism in the tree care industry. Certified arborists complete a rigorous study and examination process that fruitions in a comprehensive exam. This voluntary educational program improves technical competency of participating personnel in the tree care industry. It also creates incentives for arborists to continue their professional development in the tree care industry no matter which tree service company they work for.
Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) accreditation and ISA certification provide the public with a means to identify professionals in the tree care industry who have demonstrated a thorough knowledge of tree care practices, and affords the public the opportunity to make an informed selection of tree service companies based on the knowledge that is represented by the certification designation.
In order to qualify for certification, the arborist must have a minimum of three years experience in arboriculture. Acceptable experience includes practical use of knowledge involved in pruning, fertilization, installation and establishment, diagnosis and treatment of tree care problems, cabling and bracing, climbing and other services directly related to arboriculture. The requirement can also be satisfied with a 2-4 year degree in a related field and two years of practical experience in arboriculture or working for a tree service company. The exam is developed by the nations leading experts on tree care, and is divided up into 10 domains spanning from tree biology to practical applications. Upon completion of the exam, an arborist is initially certified for three years. In order to recertify, they must accumulate 30 continuing education units (CEU’s). This ensures that the arborist is keeping up to date with the latest research and techniques in the tree care industry.
ISA certification is a challenging program that is designed to upgrade proficiency levels in arboriculture. The ISA made arborist certification on an international level a reality in 1992. To date, over 10,000 arborists worldwide have been certified. Because there are many tree care industry specialists who have little to no training at all, this certification conveys the arborist’s competence and commitment to professionalism in the tree care industry. From a tree service company’s perspective, certification credentials held by a job applicant provide a degree of assurance that the candidate is qualified.
Hiring an ISA certified arborist is not a guarantee, but it does indicate a core base of knowledge and experience in the tree care industry. SavATree has ISA certified arborists on staff and encourages all new arborists to pursue certification.
SavATree and SavaLawn is fully insured and licensed according to the laws that govern tree service companies in each state in which we provide expert tree service, shrub service and lawn care. For additional lawn and tree care industry information, or for affordable tree services, contact SavATree.
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