If you want to pursue a career as an arborist, getting certifications and qualifications are essential. Going through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is an excellent way to further your goals.
There are many credentials available through ISA so you will need to decide what you want out of your career. That makes selecting the right credential much easier. Remember, you must pass a separate exam based on study materials provided by ISA for each certification or qualification.
Earning this certification from ISA signifies you have an excellent general knowledge of trees. You understand their biology, maintenance practices, diagnosis methods, and how to safely work with trees. Many government entities, companies, and even individuals will seek out a tree care professional with at least this certification, ensuring they hire someone qualified.
Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist
If you have experience working with urban trees, this certification can be a useful one to pursue. It covers not only how to manage the health of trees in cities, but also addresses establishing them in that specific environment. This is a good fit for people in positions like an urban forester, city arborist, park superintendent, tree warden, etc.
Certified Arborist Utility Specialist
As an arborist, you’ll come across situations where it’s necessary to prune trees that are nearby utility lines and poles. This certification signifies that you have specialized knowledge about managing vegetation around power lines and other utilities. This is helpful if you plan on pursuing a career in electric utility vegetation management.
Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist
Tree climbing involves a certain amount of risk, both to the climber and to people, vehicles, and buildings in the area. Companies, government entities, and even private property owners feel more comfortable knowing you’re competent as a tree climber. This certification also covers first aid practices, just in case you ever need to help in an emergency.
Certified Tree Worker Aerial Lift Specialist
An aerial lift is a necessary and helpful tool in certain situations, but it can also be dangerous in the hands of someone who doesn’t know how to operate one properly. With this certification, you can prove to potential employers and customers that you won’t be putting trees, other people, buildings, etc. at unnecessary risk when operating an aerial lift.
Certified Master Arborist
To even qualify for the process to earn this certification, you must be an ISA Certified Arborist in good standing, plus you must complete several other rigorous activities. This certification is to demonstrate that you genuinely have a mastery of arborist principles and practices, showing to potential employers and customers your advanced knowledge.
Tree Risk Assessment Qualification
As an arborist, tree risk assessment is a valuable skill. The purpose of this ISA qualification is to expand your knowledge of the fundamentals of assessing tree risk. Armed with a systemic process, you can help tree owners and risk managers make a decision that promotes not only safety but also the longevity of the tree.
For further questions about ISA certifications and qualifications, or any other tree-related situations, contact us at PPM Tree Service & Arbor Care, LLC.