Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a Certified Arborist?
A:Certified Arborists are trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of arboriculture. ISA Certified Arborist have met all requirements set to be eligible for the exam, this could include three or more years of full-time, eligible, practical work experience in arboriculture and/or a degree in the field of arboriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture, or forestry from a regionally accredited educational institute. This certification covers a large number of topics giving the candidates flexibility in the arboricultural profession. A code of ethics for certified arborists was implemented in June 2009 to help strengthen the credibility and reliability of the work force.
Q: What is a Municipal Specialist?
A: ISA Municipal Specialists are current ISA Certified Arborists who have chosen municipal arboriculture or urban forestry as a career path. They have obtained a minimum of three additional years of documented and verifiable work experience in a position managing the establishment and maintenance of urban trees. Experience requirements include practical communication skills, public relations, administration, risk management, arboricultural practices, and policy planning in a municipal setting.