The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) promotes the professional practice of arboriculture and fosters a greater worldwide awareness of the benefits of trees, through education, research and applied technology. The ISA was founded in 1924 and has continued to grow in impact through its certified arborists around the world who share their experience and knowledge for the benefit of society. The ISA works closely with other green organizations and the general public to foster a better understanding of trees and tree care through the education of professionals as well as global efforts to inform the public about the importance of trees on our society.
The ISA Certified Arborist Program is a voluntary program that gives an individual the professional knowledge and skills necessary to carry out professional tree service. The program trains and then certifies an individual’s knowledge in a wide variety of topics in arboriculture and tree care. The certification guarantees that an individual has properly achieved a depth of knowledge in topics including tree biology, diagnosis, maintenance practices, tree care safety, and other areas that one might encounter in the tree care profession. The skills taught in the class are constantly updated through periodic job task analyses.
In the process of studying for and passing the ISA Certified Arborist exam, a candidate must demonstrate a complete knowledge of and dedication to correct tree service practices. This certification gives the public and anyone looking to hire a tree care professional an assurance that they are working with a qualified professional. Through becoming ISA Certified and continuing education the designation provides incentive professional development in the tree care industry. The certification is also very beneficial to companies looking to hire qualified candidates for a variety of tasks including tree pruning, tree removal, plant health care and more.
The examination was created by a panel of tree service experts representing the many aspects of arboriculture, with the questions being derived from a job task analysis survey. This survey has been completed by certified arborists from across the country to assure a wide breadth of possible interactions with types of trees, pests, environmental factors and more. The exam is continually analyzed by the ISA
Certification Test Committee uses the latest test statistics to ensure all candidates have the best skill set possible. Some of the areas covered by the training and the exam include; soil management, tree identification and selection, installation and establishment of trees, safe work practices for tree care professionals, tree pruning, tree biology, urban forestry, diagnosis and treatment of pests and diseases, tree risk management and tree protection.
In addition to tree care training ISA Certified Arborists must adhere to a strict code of ethics and comply with laws and regulations governing the professional practice of arboriculture. They must also adhere to all accepted professional standards associate with the industry including national policies and standards of practice.
All of our tree care professionals at Walker Tree Care are ISA Certified arborists, so you can rest assured you are receiving the highest quality tree service possible in the safest manner with best practice applied.