What is a Certified Arborist?

Definition of MA Certified Arborist What is a Certified Arborist?

THAT'S ACTUALLY A REALLY GOOD QUESTION!! Don't feel bad if you don't know what a certified arborist is. In fact, very few people know what a certified arborist is, and the majority of people are not familiar with the word "arborist."


Why is that?

Well, there are several reasons.


  1. One reason nobody knows what an arborist is: we as an industry and a profession haven't done a very good job educating the general public about our profession.
  2. Another reason nobody knows what an arborist is: many people who cut trees are not actually qualified to serve as Arborists. Thus, they will not educate their customers on what an arborist does. (Of course, to simply cut down a tree, you do not need to be certified).

An arborist is a tree care professional. Many arborists climb trees. Some use bucket trucks (lifts or cherry pickers). Some simply evaluate trees from the ground. Consulting arborists make detailed recommendations for tree and shrub health care, or determine tree value or tree risk (the risk posed to others by structurally-defective specimens). Some arborists specialize in tree health care, monitoring plant health and fertilizing or spraying trees as needed to keep them in optimal health.

So, now you know what an arborist is.

What is a Certified Arborist? A Certified Arborist is a tree care professional who has passed a comprehensive examination and had been approved as a qualified practicioner of arboriculture (tree care).


The major advantage to hiring a certified arborist is this: you know that your plants will receive care from an individual who is knowledgeable about the science of tree care (yes, it is science). Furthermore, work will be performed by someone who is aware of all the industry standards of care and tree work safety.


Additionally, Certified Arborists need to continue their education and receive a specified number of Continuing Education Credits or PDP's in order to remain certified.