They are qualified arborists tree care who have completed post-secondary education in arboriculture professional’s related studies. According to the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist is a professional recognition of professional care of trees that meet the requirements of ISA voluntary certification is granted. ISA certification requirements include an examination, professional development and recertification. ISA certification is a standard used to demonstrate the professionalism and competence of tree care for the government and members of the public. In order to become a certified arborist, follow these steps.
Review the objectives and benefits of ISA certified arborist designation to ensure that they meet their professional goals. Get a copy of Arborists Certification Study Guide, and other relevant resources to prepare for the exam. The ISA test is developed through a joint survey of professional duties arborists in the United States and Canada.
In order to be eligible to take the exam you must have three years of full-time experience working in the field of arboriculture. This experience may include: A two-year degree in arboriculture and two years of work experience, or four-year degree in a related field, more than a year of work experience. If you are self-employed, you must provide three letters of reference. To apply to take the ISA Certified Arborist exam, complete the application form available on the ISA website.
The exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions. You have up to 3.5 hours to complete the exam. You can skip difficult questions and return to them at any time during the exam. Questions in total, about ten are photo identification of tree species. You can take the exam online or in physically by attend in exam center. There is an associatedcost with computer-based exam. You must obtain a score of 72 percent to pass the exam. If you fail the exam, you can take back free of charge if within one year of taking the exam. Once this period has expired, you will have to pay a fee to take the test.
Once you have received a score of 72 percent or more in the Certified Arborist you receive the designation ISA certified arborist. Additionally, you receive the following materials: a certificate of ISA Arborist Certificate, an identification card, and an adhesive and a cloth patch with the logo ISA Certified Arborist.
In order to maintain your certified arborist designation must perform 30 hours of continuing education units (CEU) within three years of certification. Be sure to keep track of all your CEU and send copies to ISA. Additional information on CEU accepted is available on the ISA website.
Your certified arborist designation is valid for three years before re-certification is required. You will be notified by an ISA before its expiration date. In order to qualify for re-certification must pay the fee and have completed the required number of CEU. If you have not completed the required number of CEU, you will have to repeat the exam and pay the associated fees.