You wouldn’t choose a doctor without a license to perform surgery-so why choose an arborist without a license to perform tree maintenance? At Washington Tree Experts, we believe the best services come from the most qualified professionals. That’s why we believe in certification. Here’s why it’s important:

First of all, what is an ISA arborist certification?

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certification program ensures arborists are trained in all aspects of arboriculture. If your arborist has an ISA certification, it means they meet basic criteria, including at least three years of full-time, hands on experience in arboriculture or a degree in related fields including forestry, horticulture, and landscape architecture. Candidates must pass an exam and maintain their certification through continuing education or retake the test every three years. Professionals can also further specialize and obtain certifications in areas including arborist utility, arborist municipal, tree worker climber, tree worker aerial lift, and board certified master arborist.

What are the benefits of having a certified arborists?

  • They meet or exceed arboriculture standards: Your arborist has passed an exam designed to cover all necessary areas of knowledge to thrive in the industry. The certification process includes an application process, an exam, and review following the exam. This means certified arborists have met the ISA’s standards and have been screened and approved through their in-depth review process.     
  • They demonstrate dedication to continuing education: This certification means your arborist has made an effort to stay current and pursue continuing education. Certified arborists have fulfilled the required amount of Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) over a three year period including taking college courses, participating in local events, presentations, and competitions, taking computer based trainings and seminars, and staying up to date with CPR and First Aid training.
  • They have significant, relevant experience: To obtain certification, arborists must have at least three years in the field or a college degree in a related field. These professionals aren’t rookies-they’re experts who have put a lot of time and effort in the field and want to maintain and build their knowledge throughout their careers. The ISA also promotes networking locally and beyond so professionals can work with each other to bring the highest quality services to each region.
  • They use science and technology to bolster their practices: The ISA focuses not only on arboriculture best practices, but on how to use science, technology, and research to define best practices and drive results. Your arborist isn’t just trimming trees at random; they’re using high quality tools backed by scientific knowledge of tree anatomy and ecosystems to maintain plant life. Professionals use literature reviews, podcasts, seminars, research databases and more to stay up to date on how science and technology can reinforce professional standards.
  • They govern their actions with sound ethics: Certified arborists follow the ISA Certified Arborist Code of Ethics. This means they comply with local and national laws and policies, meet or exceed professional standards, practice safe and ethical decision making, respect confidentiality, reflect truthful and accurate public information and advertising, avoid conflicts of interest between customers, and respect public health protocols.

How do I know if my arborist is certified?

The ISA makes it easy to find certified arborists and verify certification. To find a certified arborist in your area, you can enter your location on their “Find an Arborist” tool. Your arborist’s certification can also be verified on ISA’s website. If you’re looking for a certified arborist in the Puget Sound, give Washington Tree Experts a call. 

What is the ISA?

The International Society of Arboriculture is an organization dedicated to using research, education, and technology to foster professional arborists who will benefit trees and forests worldwide. The organization was founded almost 100 years ago in Connecticut and has since gained over 20,000 members around the world. Their goals are to promote research for healthier trees, raise public awareness of arboricultural issues, promote and provide professional development for arborists, and foster best practices to keep professionals and citizens alike safe when it comes to arboriculture.