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SPECIFIC DETAILS YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR
The International Society of Arboriculture has six distinct professional credentials that each have their own corresponding criteria. When searching for the right tree service company, keep the following professional credentials in mind finalizing your decision on general tree services, tree removal, tree trimming, tree spraying, and tree evaluations:
1. ISA Certified Arborist
In order to obtain this first certification you must be extremely knowledgeable on all things arboriculture. In addition, you must have at least 3 years of full time, practical work in the field. After meeting those 2 criteria you can then sit for the exam that must be passed to obtain the certification. A code of ethics must be followed as well that strengthens the validity of the certification and gives customers the peace of mind knowing that they have chosen a true professional.
2. ISA Certified Arborist Utility Specialist
This certification encompasses the information covered to become a Certified Arborist but with the addition of a specialty knowledge base in electric utility vegetation management. Topics included on this exam that must be understood include the following list: electric utility pruning, program management, integrated vegetation management, electrical knowledge, customer relations, and storm response.
3. ISA Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist
Certification as a municipal specialist has additional education and knowledge with urban vegetation. An additional 3 years of work experience managing and maintain urban trees must have taken place. Requirement include: communication skills, public relations, administration, risk management, arboricultural practices, and policy planning in an municipal setting.
4. ISA Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist
This specific certification requires that you be in top physical shape to be able to withstand the endurance of climbing and working in trees. All of your work is off the ground. The professionals must exhibit an extremely high regard for safety. They must have training in aerial rescue, CPR, and First Aid.
5. ISA Certified Tree Worker Aerial Lift Specialist
These certified tree workers must demonstrate the proficient ability to operate an aerial lift. Using an aerial lift allows for a much more efficient process to complete jobs faster and safer. CPR, First Aid, and strict safety training must be completed as well.
6. ISA Board Certified Master Arborist
This is the highest certification offered by ISA. These specialists have extensive experience in the field, have passed a rigorous scenario based exam, and have adhered to the code of ethics in their work. Very few arborists make it to this level.