Is there a difference from one Certified Arborist to another?
With 100% certainty, the answer is yes they can! It is incredibly important to understand that anyone can claim to be a Certified Arborist, but true professionals should identify themselves as an ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Certified Arborist.
We like to think of it just like any other degree or certification out there, if you have the real thing, you want your customers to know that you have it to build real trust.
We see far too often people using verbiage to stay in the “grey area” of if they really have this certification or not. You should be able to get a very simple answer of yes or no.
We pride ourselves on having this accreditation because it shows the time and energy we are willing to put in, to make sure we have highly educated employees.
Not only do you have to go through intense training to first gain you certification, but you have to maintain your education with credit classes to hold onto your certification.
It’s important to know that companies who do this are showing their constant commitment to learning and providing the very best service they can.
Tips on finding the best possible Certified Arborist for your needs
If you are looking into hiring a certified arborist there are a couple tips we have to ensure you are getting the best of the best!
Firstly, you’ll want to ask who the lead trainer is for new hires and employees, and what their education background is. You may also want to ask how many years of experience they have.
This is incredibly important to know, so you know they may be able to help with proper tree identification, insects and disease identifications.
There are a lot of times that very complex situations arise, and you want the confidence knowing that the person guiding the work has the experience to know what they are doing.
You must remember that there is nothing wrong by asking all of these questions.
Any well trained, true certified arborist / company will be happy to answer them.
Think of it like finding your preferred surgeon – you are going to ask questions about their abilities if they are going to perform a major surgery on you, give your trees and garden the same love!