What Is a Certified Arborist?
An arborist by definition is an individual who is
trained in the art and science of planting, caring
for, and maintaining individual trees. ISA
arborist certification is a nongovernmental,
voluntary process by which individuals can
document their base of knowledge. It operates
without mandate of law and is an internal, self-
regulating device administered by the
International Society of Arboriculture.
Certification provides a measurable assessment
of an individual’s knowledge and competence
required to provide proper tree care.
Certified Arborists are individuals who have
achieved a level of knowledge in the art and
science of tree care through experience and by
passing a comprehensive examination
developed by some of the nation’s leading
experts on tree care. Certified Arborists must
also continue their education to maintain their
certification. Therefore, they are more likely to
be up to date on the latest techniques in
What Distinguishes a Certified Arborist/
This is an ISA Certified Arborist in good
standing who has the additional experience in
the specialty area of urban trees. A Certified
Arborist/Municipal Specialist works for cities and
states, parks, contractors or consultants. One
of the certification objectives is to provide the
public and those in government with a means to
identify those professionals who have
demonstrated, through a professionally
developed exam and education program, that
they have a thorough knowledge of establishing
and maintaining trees in a community.
Native Florida Landscapes has a Certified
Arborist/Municipal Specialist on staff.
Native Florida Landscapes, LLC
Why Hire An Arborist?
An arborist is a specialist in the care of individual
trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the
needs of trees and are trained and equipped to
provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a
decision that should not be taken lightly. Proper
tree care is an investment that can lead to
substantial returns. Well cared for trees are
attractive and can add considerable value to your
property. Poorly maintained trees can be a
significant liability. Pruning or removing trees,
especially large trees, can be dangerous work.
Tree work should be done only by those trained
and equipped to work safely in trees.
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