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Old 11-24-2011, 02:14 PM
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ISA Exam-Questions for those that have passed.

For those that are or have been certified arborists, what are the main areas I should focus on for the exam......

The exam is not until April, so I have plenty of time to study. I am going to read every chapter in the book, as I feel everything is important, but what are the MAIN areas I should focus on??

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Old 11-24-2011, 06:04 PM
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For those that are or have been certified arborists, what are the main areas I should focus on for the exam......

The exam is not until April, so I have plenty of time to study. I am going to read every chapter in the book, as I feel everything is important, but what are the MAIN areas I should focus on??

Thanks in advance, and Happy Turkey Day to all!
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Study Everything It is not an easy exam. There are Exam Pass classes. If I hadn't taken the class I never would past.
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Old 11-24-2011, 06:35 PM
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This might help you out:http://www.isa-arbor.com/Certificati...edArborist.pdf

The certification examination is weighted in the following manner:
I. Soil Management…………………………….…..9%
II. Identification and Selection……………………..9%
III. Installation and Establishment…………………..9%
IV. Safe Work Practices…………………………….12%
V. Tree Biology……………………………………12%
VI. Pruning…………………………………………13%
VII. Diagnosis and Treatment………………….……..9%
VIII. Urban Forestry…………………………….…..…8%
IX. Tree Protection…………………………….……..9%
X. Tree Risk Management………………….……...10%
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Old 11-26-2011, 08:37 AM
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The test is pretty evenly divided. For me the test was very basic but it depends on what your prior knowledge is. You should atleast know certain areas like ident. safety and pruning from everyday work. Most people i talk to have problems with biology.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:54 PM
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Read the CURRENT Study guide and answer the sample questions.
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You gonna start up a tree service?
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You gonna start up a tree service?
No, but I do a lot of oaks and canopy trees for current customers. I just want to be as educated as I can in the care and maintenance of hardwoods.
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No, but I do a lot of oaks and canopy trees for current customers. I just want to be as educated as I can in the care and maintenance of hardwoods.
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Once you pass sell your services to any and all tree services in your area. The reason is many Tree bids require a certified arborist to sign off. Most arborist with a tree service are not going to sign off for a competitive company. I made some extra lunch money signing off on tree work for other companies. Tree Work was the one thing I got out of quickly because of insurance costs.
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Once you pass sell your services to any and all tree services in your area. The reason is many Tree bids require a certified arborist to sign off. Most arborist with a tree service are not going to sign off for a competitive company. I made some extra lunch money signing off on tree work for other companies. Tree Work was the one thing I got out of quickly because of insurance costs.
Thanks for the info-didn't know that. I only take on tree work I can do with a ladder. No grinding, buckets, etc. The insurance for that aspect is way higher than if you were to just use ladders. I won't turn away palm/hardwoods that I can comfortably do, it's good money.
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Thanks for the info-didn't know that. I only take on tree work I can do with a ladder. No grinding, buckets, etc. The insurance for that aspect is way higher than if you were to just use ladders. I won't turn away palm/hardwoods that I can comfortably do, it's good money.
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Mangrove trimming is a biggie here for a Certified Arbortist to sign off on. A Certified Landscape Architect must pull the Permit. It is a case where you need a permit to get a permit.

Don't do what I did and give away your services. I finally got tired of renewing my cert and let it drop. Then when my free loading friends realized I no longer could sign them off they offered to pay if I would re-test for the cert. I told them Too Late now you should have been paying me all along.
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