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What is an Arborist?

Burley Boys Tree Service, certified arboristsA Certified Arborist is a specialist in the care of woody plants, primarily trees; but also including bushes, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants used for landscaping or shade. A Certified Arborist’s work is known as arboriculture.

“The work of an arborist is distinct from that of a forester, logger, or a faller. Arborists focus on health and safety issues of either individual trees or treed landscapes, rather than managing forests or harvesting wood.”

ISA Certified Arborists on Staff

Sean Wightman – ISA ARBORIST #PN2013A, TRAQ
Erik Helssen – ISA ARBORIST #PN6524A, TRAQ
Matt Soutar – ISA ARBORIST #PN6935A, TRAQ

ISA Member

ISA Certified Arborist

What is an ISA Certified Arborist?

ISA Member

ISA Certified Arborist

To become an ISA Certified Arborist you must successfully complete The ISA Certification exam. This is an extensive examination that covers 10 areas of arboriculture.

Once certified, an Arborist will hone his/her skills on one or more areas specific to Arboriculture.

Arborist Certification

A ‘Certified Arborist’ is a professional who has had over three years work experience and has passed a rigorous written exam from the International Society of Arboriculture. Arborist certification is not permanent like a degree or diploma, but in order to maintain certification arborists must continue to work in the field and continue their education.

Other designations for arborists include:

  • Municipal Specialist
  • Utility Specialist
  • Board Certified Master Arborist (BCMA)

Verifying Certification

To verify ISA Arborist Certification ISA provides a lookup service online which can be found at ⇒ Verify ISA Certification

Code of Ethics

In June 2009 an Arborists Code of Ethics was established by ISA. The document (in PDF format) can be viewed here ⇒ Arborist Code of Ethics


Look for Professional Affiliation

ISA Member

ISA Certified Arborist

Companies with memberships in professional organizations (ISA) demonstrate their level of competence and their willingness to be current on the latest pruning techniques, safety strategies, and tree management.

Professional Arborists & Practices

A good arborist will only recommend topping a tree in rare circumstances, such as to save the tree after severe physical damage to the crown. Arborists should never remove excessive amounts of live wood, use climbing spikes on trees not being removed, or remove living trees without just cause. A good arborist will not perform such practices and will explain why.

If you are unsure, always check with an arborist before cutting a tree.

Ask the Right Questions

If not indicated in the estimate, some questions you might want to ask are:

  • Number of Years in Operation?
  • Size of the company, number of employees?
  • How will clean-up of the property be handled?
  • What time will the work start and end?
  • What happens if there is damage to the property?

Ask the tree service if they have had experience with similar jobs and if they could give you some examples of similar jobs they have done in the past. You can even visit the referenced sites to see the quality of the work before deciding.

If you are unsure, always check with an arborist before cutting a tree.

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– Nancy S.

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“Thank you Burley Boys! Thank you Erik – and a special thanks to Adam and his team who did such a caring and special pruning and clean up! Wonderful work! Good service!”

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– Joan C.

To find out more about Why You Should Hire an Arborist, see Arborist Services.

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