Please be sure to review the ISA Certified Arborist/Utility Specialist™ 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.
The exam cost is pro-rated depending on when your current Certified Arborist certification expires:
If your Certified Arborist Certification
|| ISA and ISA Chapter Member
| 25-36 Months
|| $100 USD
|| $230 USD
| 13-24 Months
|| $75 USD
|| $205 USD
| 0-12 Months
|| $55 USD
|| $185 USD
Each time you take a computer based exam there will be a $100 USD administration fee. There will be no exceptions for this fee.
*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.
Examination Eligibility Requirement
The ISA Certification Board requires a candidate to be an ISA Certified Arborist® and have at least 2000 hours of verifiable work experience directly within electric utility vegetation management over the past two years and/or one of the following:
Employed full time as an electric utility arborist/forester/vegetation manager for at least thirty-six cumulative months during the past ten years; Employed full time on a project as an electric utility vegetation management contract employee/consultant for at least thirty-six cumulative months during the past ten years.
A resume and/or description of the specific qualifying experience, including time frames, may be requested upon review of your application.
Confirmation of Enrollment
The ISA Certified Arborist/Utility Specialist™ 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/Utility Specialist™ 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, ISA Certification Department or call 217.355.9411.
Thank you for your consideration.