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Taking an ISA Certification Exam

Pursuing an ISA Certification is a worthy goal that will help you advance your career in the arboriculture industry. We encourage you to take a few moments to review the materials in this section. You will learn more about how to prepare for the exam and what is required during the application process.

There are two options available for candidates to sit for their certification exams: paper-based exams offered by a chapter or affiliated organization, or computer-based exams administered at a Pearson VUE testing facility.

Paper-Based Exams

A paper-based exam offered by a Chapter or an Affiliated Organization is delivered at a pre-scheduled date and location determined by the local ISA Certification Liaison. This exam is administered via paper and pencil. Download a list of exam dates and locations scheduled over the coming months. After choosing a location, you must complete an application in order to enroll in the exam.

Computer-Based Exams

Computer-based exams allow the convenience of working around potential conflicts in your schedule and may help you avoid having to drive long distances to paper-based exam sites. If you choose to test at a Pearson VUE testing facility, you determine your own test date and location. Computer-based exams require an additional administrative fee, but you receive your results immediately after you complete the exam, as opposed to waiting 4-6 weeks for your results from a paper-based exam.

During a computer-based exam you will see many navigational features. Full explanations of some of these features will not be provided during your exam. An explanation of the navigational features will be provided with your confirmation letter when you register for a computer-based exam. You may access the explanation of navigational features now by selecting from the choices below.

Learn More about Your Options

Once you have decided which exam method you prefer, be sure you read the appropriate handbook for more detailed information about the requirements for each testing method.

Application Handbooks

Submitting Your Application

You may complete and submit your application online or you may print and submit it by FAX or mail. There is no deadline date for computer-based exams; however for paper-based exams, the completed application and correct payment amount must be received in the ISA office no later than 12 business days prior to the scheduled exam date. Please check the ISA office closing schedule to ensure your application is submitted on time.

To ensure your application is processed in a timely manner, be sure to include all required fees and supporting documents at the time of submittal. Examples of supporting documents include reference letters and verification of First Aid, CPR, Aerial Rescue or Tree Worker Skills Exam Waiver Form.

Online Applications

Thank you for your interest in the ISA Certification and Credentialing Programs. Please direct any questions, comments, or concerns regarding applications and/or the application process to and you will be contacted within 7-10 business days.

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