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Certifications Offered by the International Society of Arboriculture

ISA Certification Credentials

The International Society of Arboriculture offers six different professional certifications to qualified arborists in the tree industry. These credentials help consumers easily identify qualified and experienced professionals.

1. Certified Arborist

In order to become a Certified Arborist, an individual must have three years of practical work experience or a degree in a related field with more minimal work experience. They must also pass an exam and adhere to a code of ethics.

2. Certified Arborist: Utility Specialist

All candidates must hold the Certified Arborist credential prior to becoming a Utility Specialist. This credential is reserved for individuals that have at least 4,000 hours of experience working in electric utility vegetation management. Consultants to utility companies are also eligible to earn the designation. In order to become a Certified Arborist Utility Specialist, the individual must pass a comprehensive exam that includes information about electrical work, utility pruning, storm response, and project management.

3. Certified Arborist: Municipal Specialist

Individuals that already hold the Certified Arborist credential from the ISA are also eligible to earn the Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist designation. These arborists typically specialize in the care of urban trees. Candidates must have at least three years of additionally experience beyond those needed for the Certified Arborist designation. This experience must stem from several disciplines, including public relations, communications, risk management, and policy planning.

4. Certified Tree Worker: Climber Specialist

Arborists looking to earn the Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist credential must be able to effectively climb trees safely and efficiently. As a result, a paper and pencil examination is not sufficient. Candidates must also demonstrate their skills in the field. They must first demonstrate their climbing ability and then also demonstrate adequate knowledge of CPR and basic first aid.

5. Certified Tree Worker: Aerial Lift Specialist

Arborists that wish to become an ISA Certified Tree Worker Aerial Lift Specialist must demonstrate their skills in a field setting. Individual candidates must show their ability to safely operate an aerial lift. They must also demonstrate a thorough understanding of basic CPR and first aid. Safety is of the utmost importance.

6. Board Certified Master Arborist

Less than 2% of Certified Arborists are Board Certified Master Arborists. This is the most highly regarded professional certification offered by the International Society of Arboriculture. Candidates must pass a comprehensive exam and comply with a strict code of ethics.

Related: What is an Arborist?

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