What is a Certified Arborist and Why Should you Hire One?

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The tree care industry has strict guidelines, educational and training requirements, certifications, and licensing exams in place to protect consumers and companies alike. However, some states have no licensure requirement for a company providing professional tree services. A certified Arborist, such as those at Stein Tree Service, will ensure your trees are properly cared for in a safe, environmentally sound manner.


What is a Certified Arborist?

A certified Arborist is a tree care professional who has taken the time and effort to acquire extended training and education, and has passed the certification exam through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). The extensive exam covers all aspects of tree care to ensure each Arborist has the experience and knowledge required to address all potential problems.

The Certification Process

In order to become certified, the Arborist must first prove to have met the requirements to sit for the exams. While these requirements change depending on the level of certification sought, they share common themes, which include:

  • At Least two years of full time practical work experience 
  • Proof of training or education
  • Experience in potential specialties 

Arborists who pass their certification exams must adhere to a strict code of ethics as outlined by the International Society of Arboriculture, ensuring the fair treatment and safety of consumers, employees, and the surrounding environment.

Why Should You Hire a Certified Arborist?

When your electric system malfunctions, you contact a licensed electrician. When your pipes freeze, you want an experienced plumber.  So, when your trees need help, you should hire a certified Arborist. Aside from proven experience and knowledge regarding everything necessary to care for trees, a certified Arborist must also follow the ISA’s code of ethics. The code of ethics covers things from tree topping to the application of chemicals to treat infections, diseases, infestations, and much more. 

Stein Tree Service’s Arborists are More Than ISA Certified

Stein Tree Service has always been dedicated to remaining up-to-date on the newest advances and developments in Arboriculture. We proudly maintain certification through the ISA and have recently expanded to include an additional certification and license by passing the State Pesticide Applicator’s Exam in October 2016. The additional certification allows us to buy, store, and apply specialized chemicals through closed forms of delivery to combat the current invasion by the emerald ash borer.

To learn more about the advantages of hiring a Certified Arborist, or to request a free consultation, please contact the experts at Stein Tree Service today. We proudly hold licenses in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.