Credentials

Why Become an ISA Certified Arborist ®?

ISA Certified Arborist

ANSI Accredited StandardsProfessional Recognition – This is the proof – the ISA Certified Arborist designation sets you apart as someone with the commitment, dedication, and knowledge to succeed. Our most popular credential, the ISA Certified Arborist program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute, meeting and exceeding ISO 17024.

To earn an ISA Certified Arborist credential, you must be trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of arboriculture. ISA Certified Arborists must also adhere to the Code of Ethics that strengthens the credibility and reliability of the workforce. To be eligible for the ISA Certified Arborist exam, you must have one or both of the following:

  • Three or more years of full-time, eligible, practical work experience in arboriculture
  • A degree in the field of arboriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture, or forestry from a regionally accredited educational institute

This certification covers a large number of topics giving the candidates flexibility in the arboricultural profession. For more information on how to become an ISA Certified Arborist:

Certified Arborist Study Materials

While you may use any materials you choose during your exam preparation, we encourage you to use materials that are grounded in best practices and scientific theory, and those that are supported by external reviewers, such as accreditation organizations or governing bodies.

Study Materials

ISA offers a full list of recommended study resources that cover multiple domains in each handbook and in the ISA webstore.

Online Learning Center

The ISA Online Learning Center offers the Introduction to Arboriculture Training Series as a 25-course package that can help you prepare for the ISA Certified Arborist® Exam.

Benefits and features of using the online course to prepare for your exam:

  • Self-paced instruction
  • More than 750 quiz questions for exam practice
  • Interactive exercises that reinforce learning
  • Lesson review activities with instant feedback
  • Glossary of key terms
  • Photos, drawings, and videos
  • Text read aloud

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The resources referenced on this site should not be considered the only source of information available to study for the exam.