The credentials needed to become a certified arborist are much different than a qualified electrician or plumber. But before you can become a certified arborist, you must complete the following curriculum:
A certified arborist can only work in a state that has a certification program for arborists. In order to obtain a certification for arborist, an arborist must pass a state exam, earn either a diploma or an associate's degree in forestry. Some states also offer certification in several specific arborist specialties. To get a certification in any of these specialties, an arborist must meet the requirements outlined by the state.
In order to become a certified arborist, an arborist must complete an internship. The period of time that an arborist intern must work in a given state will vary from state to state. In some states, interns may be allowed to work for only two weeks; in others, they may work for five months.
You must also complete a course called the "CCEC (Certified Arborist Education) Course." This course should not be confused with the certificate recognized by many states. A certificate is similar to an accreditation or endorsement but is much more rare and will only be awarded to a handful of arborists in a given area.
To be considered a certified arborist, an arborist must have attained a score of fifty percent or higher on his or her initial examination. Following this, the arborist must complete another twelve weeks of training under the supervision of a certified arborist. After the training is completed, the arborist must pass the certified arborist exam.
During this second phase of training, an arborist must pass a more difficult exam known as the Certified Arborist Certification Exam. The CCEX is designed to test the arborist's knowledge of the theory of arbor studies, traditional arbor studies, arbor management, tree-related engineering and arborist standards.
In order to receive a certification as a certified arborist, an arborist must successfully complete this four-part exam. There are a few other requirements an arborist must meet in order to qualify for certification, but the requirements outlined above are the most common.
If you want to learn more about these different requirements, you can contact your state's forestry department for more information. As an arborist, you may be required to have a number of additional skills in order to become a certified arborist. For more information on these other requirements, check out a blog called "How to Become a Certified Arborist?"