What Does a Certified Arborist Do?
First, let’s point out that an arborist and a certified arborist are not the same. Arborists are trained in tree care, but a certified arborist has taken it a step further to commit to their profession. A certified arborist must continue to educate themselves to maintain their status. As such, they are more knowledgeable in the newest techniques, technologies, and meth
Tree Care Services Offered by a Certified Arborist
Here are a couple of tree care services that an arborist can help you with.
- Tree Removal
This service entails removing trees that are dead or that have become infested with pests, insects, or diseases. You can also remove a tree that is posing a threat or just because it is no longer needed.
- Tree Pruning This entails removing stems and branches that do not benefit a tree's natural form, growth, or health.
- Emergency Tree Care A response service available when trees prove to be hazardous and need immediate attention for the health and safety of everyone in the area.
- Tree Planting This service can help you to determine the best tree species, the best placement, and more to plant on your property.
- Assessments and Diagnoses A certified arborist can assess a tree’s condition. They can diagnose pest problems, tree diseases, and provide recommendations for treating trees that can be saved.
- Stump Grinding Removal of tree stumps from your property that may be causing liability issues or are simply an eyesore.
- Lot Clearing When you are ready to use your land and need multiple trees, shrubs or other foliage to be removed, a certified arborist is the way to go.
What is an ISA Certified Arborist?
The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) offers a number of credentials. They also offer Certification and Qualification. You can check their website to see the difference between the two, so if you come upon an arborist with either, you will know what to expect. ISA-certified arborists go through a rigorous exam that tests their knowledge of the different aspects of arboriculture. They work following a strict code of ethics to ensure credibility and reliability. When you hire from a company that has certified arborists, you are guaranteed the best tree care.
The Importance of an ISA Certificatio
Becoming a certified arborist doesn't come after a two-week class, and so not just anyone can be certified. Someone with ISA certification has completed several hours working in the field while ensuring they master their craft. To earn the ISA certification, one has to be educated in every aspect of arboriculture. Candidates must have at least 3 years of full-time working experience in the field of arboriculture, in combination with education. As mentioned above, the ISA does more than offer ISA Certification, so we are going to discuss some of their other certifications below.
ISA Certified Arborist
To be eligible to take this certification test, candidates must:
- Have a minimum of 3 years of full-time experience in arboriculture.
- Or a degree in arboriculture, landscape architecture, forestry, or horticulture.
With these requirements, one just needs to pass the test, so they can become officially certified. Once certified, an arborist must maintain their certification. They do this by retaking the test and earning continuing education units.
ISA Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist
Larger trees must be climbed so they can be cut down in increments. For these jobs, you need an arborist that is a certified tree worker climber specialist. Not only are they trained to climb trees, but they are also trained in first aid, CPR, and aerial rescue. These must be completed along with the other requirements listed above before they can sit the examination to become certified. They are tested both in a classroom setting and in a real-world setting.
ISA Certified Tree Worker Aerial Lift Specialist
This certification allows an operator to work with the lifts that are needed to do specialized work in a safe manner. Someone with this certification will be experienced and can perform aerial lift tasks more efficiently and safely when compared to an uncertified worker. Persons with this certification know how to operate trucks and know how to maneuver trees in the proper manner to ensure jobs are done safely. There are other certifications available from the ISA. Some other options include:
- Municipal specialist
- Utility specialist
- Master Arborist
Why Hire an Arborist for Your Tree Care Needs?
As you can see from all the information above, becoming a certified arborist is not an easy feat. Certified arborists are educated, experienced, and have to stay up to date with the latest in their field to retain their certification. When you hire a certified arborist, you know you are getting a professional that is skilled, educated, and experienced to take care of your property’s tree needs. We know that your trees are an investment and are a direct correlation to your property’s value. If your trees are not properly maintained, trimmed, and pruned, they can cause property damage in the future. If you want to maintain your property value, then you must maintain your trees. Choosing a certified arborist helps you to get the expert tree care you need. These professionals know just what your trees require. They can prune, trim or remove trees in a way that is environmentally conscious while preserving the beauty and the health of your trees and surrounding landscaping. Safety should always be a primary concern. So you don't want to hire a tree care provider that is not professionally trained. This can definitely put your property at risk. Here at Evergreen Tree Services, our professionals are certified. We are also fully licensed and insured, and ready to tackle all your tree care needs!