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How to Get A Job As A Certified Arborist. Arborist Training

Arborist working above in tree. Certified arborist training.

Overview Of Certified Arborist Jobs and Arborist Training.

Look! Up in the air, it's a bird, it's a man with a chainsaw? The job of a professional arborist or tree care professional varies greatly. Some arborists are degreed professionals who never touch a saw or climb a tree but have intricate knowledge of tree care. A Certified Arborist / Municipal Specialist may work for city parks departments, etc. A Certified Arborist / Utility Specialist is trained to work on trees near power lines. See below for arborist certification information.

Arborists Are The Front Line Against Tree Diseases

Today there are over a two dozen very serious tree diseases sweeping the country. One of the worst is live oak decline or oak wilt. The job of an arborist involves identifying those trees that are infected with disease and instituting an removal or treatment program. A board certified arborist may have a degree in biology and work in the field of tree disease research. Arborists may work in the forestry industry, city planning departments, highway departments and in private enterprise. As the author of this article I have a close relative who is an arborist with the state department of transportation. His job is to supervise the pruning and removal of trees when new roads are being built and to care for the health of trees as old as two hundred years along the highway right of way. His job involves a lot of travel around the state and the opportunity to spend a lot of time outdoors with nature.  

Other arborists may work specifically in the field of tree care in the field. A certified tree care specialist or certified arborist may climb to the top of tall trees with saws and pruning equipment to cut off damaged limbs or prevent future damage to buildings below by trimming the tree. The job of a field arborist requires specialized climbing techniques and training. Certified Arborists or Certified Tree Workers may work for large or small companies and for government agencies and spend quite a lot of time outdoors, often working at heights. Being a field arborist is not for those afraid of heights or in poor physical shape.

Below is an illustration of the degrees of certification offered by the The International Society Of Arboriculture

Arborist levels of certification. Arborist traning courses. From The ISA Website

How To Become A Certified Arborist

One of the most recognized agencies offering certification as an arborist is the International Society Of Arboriculture. Certification levels go from Climber Specialist all the way up to Board Certified Master Arborist, who has extensive training in the science and management practices of arboriculture. On the lower end of the certification scale are Climber Specialists, who may still earn good money, but who must work under the direction of a certified arborist. See the ISA website for more details.

The International Society Of Arboriculture To advance in the field study may include the following:

  • ANSI A300 standards for tree care operations (TCIA, all parts) - industry standards.
  • ANSI Z133.1 standard for tree care operations (ISA) - industry standards.
  • ANSI Z60 standard for nursery stock (ANLA) - industry standards.
  • Best Management Practices (ISA, all topics)
  • Arborist jobs offer the chance to work outdoors and help preserve some of nature's most perfect creations, trees, which make the very oxygen that we breathe and shelter our communities from wind and sun.

    The job of a certified arborist will not make you rich but it does offer a freedom that other types of careers. On the other hand, arborists in urban areas often earn over $50,000 a year. If you are in good physical shape and want to start out as a climber specialist this is an excellent way to get a leg up in the business, so to speak. Once you have taken the required courses you may retire from tree climbing and work as a municipal specialist or as a board certified arborist where not so much climbing is involved.

     Arborist Jobs Will Always Be In Demand

    There will always be a need for the job of tree care professionals, including Climber Specialists, all the way up to Board Certified Arborist's. Trees need care in both good and bad economic times. As the density of urban areas increases so will the job of the arborist be in greater demand to mitigate damage to urban trees. To find out more about how to get a job as an arborist and for certification classes near you see the ISA website.




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