Old 12-15-2007, 09:05 AM
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I've been wanting to become a certified arborist as I believe tree care is a vital part of the industry. The professionalism it shows and also the added revenue.

Those who are certified, would you please shine a light on the subject? I was just visiting their site and reviewing qualifications. I have the # years in the industry needed and the educational background.

I see if you are an ISA member you pay about $100 less to take the exam. The site lists numerous books for study material.......which are the ones I should really consider?

How is the test?

I don't know, I'm just looking to gain any information on the exam, the certification and how it works for you in the industry. Thanks!
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Old 12-16-2007, 06:55 PM
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Think I found my piece of the market.......if I become the only arborist I'll make a killing!
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Old 12-18-2007, 03:37 AM
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the only book you really NEED is the ISA Arborist Study Guide/Workbook.

Then its good to have a few books for identification purposes.

I went through a 10 week course prior to taking my test. But then had about a 3 month break between the class and the test. I study the night prior for a refresher and pased with an 86%.

I felt the test was pretty easy and only a few questions I really missed from not knowing the others were the one were I would second guess myself and pic the wrong one.

There are 10 identifications on the test, but if you ahve been in the industry a while you may be up on your tree i.d.

Let me know if you have any other questions.
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Old 12-18-2007, 06:55 AM
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tthomas -- Could you please give the ISA website, I'd like to look at it ??
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Old 12-18-2007, 10:10 AM
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Look for a prep class they will typically go through the book and give you sample tests, make it all very comfortable for you. I did my certification in the early 90's and you had to know and be able to spell the botanical names of the trees. That was probably the hardest part of the test. Lots of flashcard work. I have heard they no longer do that. Also the test is different by region. It doesn't do me much good to learn the trees of the Pacific Northwest being here in the Sonoran desert. Look for a good tree trimming supply store in your area to find the prep class.
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