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Certified vs. Qualified: International Recognition of Credentials

The International Society of Arboriculture offers two levels of recognition for arborists:  qualification and certification. The experts at Evergreen Arborist Consultants hold certification from the ISA, one of the highest levels to which an arborist can aim.

What Is The Difference Between Certification and Qualification with the ISA?

While both qualification and certification by the ISA represent an achievement of education and experience, they are not the same distinction.  An ISA-certified arborist, such as those at Evergreen Arborist Consultants, has passed stringent examinations over a broad body of knowledge.  Certification also requires periodic renewal after showing that the arborist has updated his or her knowledge in the field.  Certification is considered the best base for an arborist who may be confronted with a variety of situations.

Qualification, on the other hand, is a very specialized recognition.  A qualified arborist may assess another arborist for specific knowledge and grant qualification based on that assessment.  In general, qualification is a hands-on form of assessment, and there is not a recertification component to a qualification.  Either an arborist has the qualification for life or the qualification must be renewed by taking the exam more than once.

Is Qualification or Certification Better?

While both qualification and certification are coveted statuses that require a great deal of knowledge, skill and expertise to obtain, neither is “better” than the other. Rather, these two acknowledgements serve different purposes.

Qualification is appropriate when an arborist wants to show proficiency in a very narrow scope of the field.  On the other hand, for true general, all-around knowledge assessment, certification is usually the better choice.

Becoming a certified arborist is not easy.  It requires an arborist to pass stringent exams based on a knowledge of most of the key elements of the entire field of arboriculture.  Furthermore, certified ISA arborists must have not only academic but also practical knowledge of what happens in the field.

The ISA-certified arborists at Evergreen Arborist Consultants have studied and worked on their skills for many years.  Because they are certified, clients know that they can trust them to understand their jobs and provide quality service for every type of tree issue.

Becoming an ISA-certified arborist is hard work, and the arborists at Evergreen are proud of their accomplishments, education, skills and experiences.  Evergreen Arborist Consultants can provide a professional for any arboriculture job requiring expert testimony or appraisal.