What Is A Certified Arborist?

Certified Arborist

Certified Arborists are specialists dedicated to the meticulous care of trees, often likened to “tree doctors” in the environmental realm. They adhere to standards set by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

To join a licensed and insured tree service company, Certified Arborists undergo extensive training and must pass a rigorous examination.

They commit to the ISA Code of Ethics and honor it each day they come out to your property.


Certified Arborists:

  • Assess the health of your trees and decide if a tree should be removed.
  • Determine if pruning is necessary and, if so, what type of pruning should be used.
  • Identify insects & diseases as well as provide solutions to protect the tree or shrub from them.
  • Recommend types of trees appropriate for specific locations (ie: best tree planting practices).
  • Provide expertise to make sure there is no property or environmental damage.
  • Provide creative solutions to your needs.

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Certified Arborist 1Why Should I Hire a Certified Arborist?

Your average “tree guy” often lacks the comprehensive understanding of arboriculture. These individuals are typically untrained, unlicensed, and not affiliated with insured companies. As a result, they may lack the necessary expertise to properly care for trees and shrubs, leading to potential tree and property damage, as well as liability issues in case of injury.

Tree Damage:

Poor practices can result in insect infestations, decay, diseases, and even the death of your trees. Addressing these issues may require significant financial investment, ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars, to rectify the damage caused by inadequate care.

Property Damage:

When dealing with the removal of thousand-pound trees or large branches, there’s a risk of property damage if proper precautions aren’t taken. Untrained individuals, often referred to as “tree guys,” lack the necessary equipment and expertise to ensure the safety of your property during tree work. Moreover, unprofessional companies frequently neglect to address or repair the damages they cause.

Liability For Injury:

Arboriculture ranks among the top five most hazardous occupations in the U.S., even for professionals with proper training and equipment. The risk escalates significantly when the work is carried out by untrained “tree guys” lacking adequate safety gear.

Compounding the issue, many unprofessional companies operate without proper insurance coverage. If a worker from such a company sustains injury or fatality on your property, you could be liable for their medical expenses and may face legal action.

Instead, choose a TCIA Accredited Company That Employs Local Certified Arborists:

Opting for a Local Certified Arborist means you’re choosing a well-trained professional who prioritizes your tree and property’s well-being. These Certified Arborists possess both the education and practical skills necessary to accurately assess your tree and offer effective solutions. Moreover, should any mishaps occur, a professional, licensed, and fully insured company will take responsibility for rectifying the situation at no extra cost to you.

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Hoping To Find an Arborist in Your Area?

At RTEC Treecare, our team comprises full-time ISA Certified Arborists who excel in their field. Serving Fairfax and Loudoun Counties in Northern Virginia, along with locations in Washington DC and Maryland, our Certified Arborists are committed to providing top-notch service.

While we boast expert tree doctors, we also value ongoing education and staying abreast of the latest advancements in arboriculture. RTEC continuously strives for excellence, viewing our journey as a perpetual ascent up a mountain with no peak. We thrive on continuous growth and improvement, making it our mission to always reach higher.

Simply looking for a tree risk assessment? We recommend Pitchford Associates.

Outside of our service area? Don’t worry – you can find the right Certified Arborist for you by visiting Tree Care Industry Association’s website.