Why hire a certified arborist?

An ISA arborist certification is a voluntary, non-governmental process by which people can document their knowledge base. Certification provides a measurable assessment of a person's knowledge in the competencies necessary for proper tree care. Learn about the services provided by arborists, the criteria for selecting an arborist, and the benefits of hiring an ISA-certified arborist. The first hidden cost is that you may be removing a perfectly healthy tree that could be preserved with treatment or care.

If a company is only interested in removing trees, they won't even offer you the option of saving your tree. A certified arborist is trained to assess the risk of trees and can analyze the difference between perceived risk and actual risk. It may not be necessary to remove an entire tree to mitigate your concerns. A quality tree care company will look at all your options so you can make an informed decision about whether you should remove your tree.

Like many homeowners, LaPlace appreciates the value of trees. The trees maintained are attractive and increase the value of properties by up to 15%. In addition, trees reduce heating and cooling bills, clean the air naturally, add oxygen and control noise levels. Proper tree care is crucial to their health and the safety of the people who enjoy them.

The relationship between trees, people and structures we build requires a controlled balance. Certified arborists play a key role in all of this; explore how in this conversation with our in-house certified arborist, Hailey Mackay. Like designers and contractors, the skill set that a certified arborist has to offer depends largely on their background and experience. Certification can attest to a person's knowledge of the tree, but cannot guarantee or guarantee quality performance.

Certified arborists must also continue their education to maintain their certification and adhere to a Code of Ethics. The ISA Certification is not sponsored or endorsed by the government; it is administered by the International Society of Arboriculture as a way for tree care professionals to demonstrate their commitment to the profession and industry. Certification provides a measurable assessment of an individual's knowledge and competence needed to provide proper tree care. Certification levels include designations for high-risk work, such as working around utilities, tree climbing, and operating aerial lift that can be hazardous and require additional training and experience.

Whether an arborist is certified by the International Society for Arboriculture (ISA) or the American Society of Consultant Arborists (ASCA), both certifications indicate a level of expertise and ethical standards that are fundamental to managing and caring for trees safely and responsibly. The second advantage is in selecting the right certified arborist for your project when one is required. For many projects, one of the first steps is to have the largest and most significant trees evaluated by a certified arborist. Supports such as cabling and bracing should not be taken lightly, and should only be installed, serviced and maintained by a certified arborist experienced in tree support.

The ISA arborist certification is a voluntary, non-governmental process by which individuals can document their knowledge base.

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