Certified Arborists are trained
and knowledgeable in all aspects of arboriculture. ISA
Certified Arborist have met all requirements set to be
eligible for the exam, this could include three or more
years of full-time, eligible, practical work experience in
arboriculture and/or a degree in the field of arboriculture,
horticulture, landscape architecture, or forestry from a
regionally accredited educational institute. This certification
covers a large number of topics giving the candidates flexibility
in the arboricultural profession. A code of ethics for certified
arborists was implemented in June 2009 to help strengthen the
credibility and reliability of the work force.
An ISA Certified Arborist who has a minimum
of two years documented and verifiable electric utility
vegetation management experience or have been a consultant
to a utility with a minimum of 4,000 hours over a maximum
10-year period works in utility vegetation management are
consider ISA Certified Arborist/ Utility Specialists.
They have been tested on topics such as electric utility
pruning, program management, integrated vegetation management,
electrical knowledge, customer relations, and storm response.
ISA Municipal Specialists are current ISA Certified
Arborists who have chosen municipal arboriculture or urban forestry as a
career path. They have obtained a minimum of three additional years of
documented and verifiable work experience in a position managing the
establishment and maintenance of urban trees. Experience requirements include
practical communication skills, public relations, administration, risk management,
arboricultural practices, and policy planning in a municipal setting.
To be a Certified Tree Worker/ Climber Specialist it
requires a lot of skill and endurance to be able to climb the tree, take
high regards for safety, and get the job done off the ground. This credential
is considered different from the other certifications because not only are you
being tested in a class room setting but also hands on out in the field. Candidates
provided valid proof of training in aerial rescue, CPR, and First Aid to obtain this
This certification, much like the Climber Specialist,
requires the ISA Certified Tree Worker/ Aerial Lift Specialist to demonstrate
the fundamental skills necessary to perform as a competent aerial lift operator.
The knowledge gained with this certification can improve the productivity,
quality, and safety of the jobs at hand. Along with proven knowledge of
CPR and First Aid training, candidates have been tested on safety procedures
necessary to operate an aerial lift device and do a thorough truck and
ISA Board Certified Master Arborist is the highest level of
Certification that is offered by ISA. It is intended to recognize
Certified Arborists who have reached the pinnacle of the arboricultural
profession. In addition to passing an extensive computer based exam,
applicants will need to abide by a Standard of Practice which is
intended to insure work quality. Less than 2% of Certified Arborists
currently hold this certification.