Please be sure to review the ISA Certified Arborist® Application Handbook prior to applying for this exam.
*Individuals seeking credential obtainment must complete and submit their own application. Deviation from this will result in cancellation of registration.
To be eligible for the discount rate, you MUST be a current member of ISA AND a current member of an ISA chapter. Please note: ISA certification fees are separate and distinct from ISA and ISA chapter dues.
ISA and ISA Chapter Member: $150 USD
Non-member: $250 USD
*Please note that payment will be processed once your application is submitted. Approval to take the exam is based on meeting the experience requirements set forth in the application handbook.
Each time you take a computer based exam there will be a $100 USD administration fee. There will be no exceptions for this fee.
Examination Eligibility Requirements
The ISA Certification Board requires candidates to have a minimum of three years of full-time experience in arboriculture. Acceptable experience includes the practical use of knowledge involved in pruning, fertilization, installation and establishment, diagnosis and treatment of tree problems, cabling and bracing, climbing, or other services that directly relate to arboriculture.
The eligibility requirement also may be satisfied with a two-year degree in arboriculture and two year of practical experience or a four-year degree in a related field and one year of practical experience. If you are self-employed or own your own company, you will be required to submit three letters of references with your application. References may be in the form of copies of invoices, contracts and/or business license. Please contact ISA for other possible forms of verification. By submitting your application; you authorize ISA certification staff to contact the practical experience reference named on your application to substantiate your eligibility.
Confirmation of Enrollment
The ISA Certified Arborist® paper/pencil exam application must be received at least 12 WORKING DAYS prior to the date of the exam for which you are applying. If your application is approved, you will receive a confirmation letter in the mail within 7-10 business days. If you do not receive this letter, please contact the ISA Certification Department or call 217.355.9411.
If you are applying for the ISA Certified Arborist® exam via computer based testing (CBT) you may submit your application at any time. If your application is approved, you will receive a confirmation letter by email with instruction on how to schedule your exam within 90 days. If you do not receive this email confirmation within 7-10 business days, please contact the ISA Certification Department or call 217.355.9411.
Thank you for your consideration.