Becoming A Arborist

Discussion in 'Tree Service Safety' started by Kodie's Lawn Service, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Messages: 3,792

    That's good advice.

    Someone with a degree in plant biology can pass the ISA test on the first try and then they are a "certified" arborist. In my opinion, to be a true arborist is someone with knowledge and experience. A doctor, nurse, or paramedic needs hands-on training before they can be called a doctor, nurse, or paramedic.
    I was the latter and I had an almost 2 year program with nearly 6 weeks of field work before I could be called a paramedic and even then, when I the new guy, I still had a whole lot to learn and was paired with someone more experienced.

    Read, read, read and ask a lot of questions but there is no substitute for being in the field just make sure you practice Good Habits and don't hone skills that can cause harm or injury.

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