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How to Become an Arborist

To become an Arborist you must earn a degree in the studies of arboriculture and become certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). It’s important to note that the ISA does require three years of experience to apply, and one year for those who have obtained a bachelor’s degree. 

Step 1 – Earn an Associates or Bachelors Degree in Arboriculture

While not always required, having an Associates or Bachelors degree in Arboriculture will help you to earn your certification much quicker and be a more likely candidate for obtaining careers. 

Step 2 – Gain Experience as an Arborist 

When looking to become an Arborist you can obtain on-the-job experience from:

  • Tree Care and Service Companies
  • Landscaping Companies
  • Nurseries

Entry level Arborists are taught how to use prune trees and shrubs, use maintenance tools and care for a variety of vegetation. 

If you have not obtained a degree in Arboriculture it is important to note that your experience should be equal to or greater than 3 years before seeking certification.

Step 3 – Become Certified by The International Society of Arboriculture

Next in your journey you will need to qualify for and pass the ISA’s credentialing exam. To qualify you must meet at least one of the following requirements.

  • Arborists with no degree must have at least three years of on the job training experience.
  • Arborists with an Associates Degree in Arboriculture must have at least two years of on the job training experience.
  • Arborists with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arboriculture must have at least one year of on the job training experience.

Note: practicing Arborists with 10 or more years of experience in other countries, including Australia, with on the job performance can be assessed and fast tracked through the certification process with the ISA.

People Also Ask About Becoming an Arborist

What Is An Arborist?

An arborist specializes in the unique care and cultivation of trees, shrubs and plants. They are knowledgeable in diseases and bugs that could affect the biological state of their well being.

In addition, Arborists also prune, cut, remove and shape trees, shrubs and plants.

How Much Do Arborists Make?

Arborists make 55,808 per year as a national overage in the United States, or 26.83/hour, with a starting salary of 44,500.

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