Horticultural Services, LTD Industry Info

Make sure you choose a tree care professional with the training and education to handle your specific situation.

Arborists can earn a multitude of different titles and qualifications, each of which requires its own specialized training and experience. Additionally, arborists can be called upon to act as field arborists, supervisors, diagnosticians, consultants, tree and landscape appraisers, expert witnesses, educators and more. To find an arborist who can best understand what’s affecting your tree’s health or how to best assess your tree’s situation, first familiarize yourself with the following industry titles:

ISA Certified Arborist: Has demonstrated basic knowledge to inspect trees and perform tree care, with required minimum qualifications (individual and/or business) to meet statute requirements for the specific jurisdiction.

ISA Board Certified Master Arborist (BCMA): Has demonstrated higher skills in certain technical aspects of tree care and equipment used as an arborist, with higher knowledge of arboriculture.

ISA Certified Arborist Specialties (Municipal, Utilities and Tree Risk Assessor): Has demonstrated higher knowledge and skills in the subject specialties of arboriculture.

ISA Certified Tree Worker: Has demonstrated a basic knowledge of tree care to assist certified arborists in performing tree care services.

ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist® (RCA): Has demonstrated higher skills in certain technical areas related to trees and tree care. Provides objective, independent opinions, with training for higher communication, presentation and/or report writing skills.

ASCA Member: Has demonstrated higher skills in certain technical areas related to trees and tree care. Provides objective, independent opinions, with improved communication and presentation skills.

Educators, Researchers and Cooperative Extension Staff: Have demonstrated higher education and skills in diagnosis of tree growth and conditions, with improved communication and presentation skills. May lack field experience with trees.

Landscape Architect License/Registration: Requires a four- or five-year college degree and range of one to five years of design experience to take the license exam. Has demonstrated a higher competency in design and planning. May lack field experience with trees.

Certified Urban Forester (CaUFC) or Certified Forester (SAF- CF): Has demonstrated a higher level of knowledge and experience in urban forestry and urban forest management. May include fire suppression and Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) property mitigation/basic knowledge and experience in forestry.