By definition, an arborist is an individual trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care.
One must remember that proper tree care is not an expense but an investment that can produce considerable returns when it comes time to sell your property. Well-tended plants and trees can add a great deal to the curb appeal of any property; conversely, poorly maintained trees can become a liability and devalue your property. One must also keep in mind that tree care, especially for large trees, can be dangerous work. Perhaps you’re one of the 50,000 people you have watched the Tree Cutting Gone Wrong video which only strengthens our argument that tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.
Certified Arborists are specialists who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience and by passing a comprehensive examination developed by some of the nation’s leading experts on tree care. Certified Arborists must also continue their education to maintain their certification and adhere to a Code of Ethics. Therefore, they are more likely to be up-to-date on the latest techniques in arboriculture.
Becoming an ISA Certified Arborist is a voluntary process through which individuals can measure their knowledge and competence required to provide proper tree care. ISA Certification is not government-sponsored or government-endorsed; it is administered by the International Society of Arboriculture as a way for tree care professionals to demonstrate their commitment to the profession and the industry. Certification is not a measure of standards of practice. Certification can attest to the tree knowledge of an individual but cannot guarantee or ensure quality performance.