What is a Certified Arborist?
At Bob Loft The Tree Trimmer we provide the expertise of a certified arborist. An arborist by ISA definition is an individual who is trained in the art and science of planting, caring for and maintaining individual trees. ISA Arborist Certification is a non-governmental, voluntary process by which individuals can document their base of knowledge. It operates without mandate of law and is an internal, self-regulating device administered by the International Society of Arboriculture. Certification provides a measurable assessment of an individuals knowledge and competence required to provide proper tree care.
Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through at least three years experience and have passed a comprehensive examination developed by some of the nation’s leading experts on tree care. Certified Arborists must also continue their education to maintain their certification. Therefore, they should be up-to-date on the latest techniques in arboriculture.
Why Hire a Certified Arborist?
An arborist is a specialist in the care of individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees, and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Proper tree care is an investment which can lead to substantial returns. Well cared for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should only by done by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.
Not all arboriculture firms have Certified Arborists on their staff. When choosing a tree care firm, check the classified pages for those companies that employ arborists who are certified. Do not hesitate to ask any prospective arborist to see their International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certification Identification Card.
Why Hire a Fully Insured Arborist?
A reputable arborist will have personal and property damage insurance as well as workers’ compensation insurance. Many homeowners have had to pay out large amounts of money for damages caused by an uninsured individual claiming to be a tree expert. You could be held responsible for damages and injuries that occur as a result of the job.
Ask for proof of insurance and then phone the insurance company if you are not satisfied. A reputable arborist will have personal and property damage insurance as well as workers’ compensation insurance.