If you needed knee surgery, you wouldn't contact a heart surgeon or choose a specialist without board certification. Being treated by a surgeon without credentials is much too risky. The same thing applies to choosing a tree care expert.
Proper tree care is an investment that can produce substantial returns. Well-cared-for trees are attractive and can increase property values. In contrast, poorly maintained trees may become a liability. Pruning or removing trees can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by professionals trained and equipped to work safely. Certified arborists from Burnaby Tree Surgeons in Burnaby have the right background and training for the work.
Certification Makes a Critical Difference
The field of landscaping is an art and a science. On the science side, various specialties include horticulturists, agronomists, and arborists. All of these experts can provide a wealth of knowledge about landscaping, but arborists are specialists who focus their extensive experience and training on tree care.
Nevertheless, not all arborists are created equal. It is essential to find one whose title is "certified arborist." In the 1980s, the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) created the certification program to identify arborists who meet specific requirements in experience and knowledge, have passed a certified arborist exam, and participate in the continuing education necessary to maintain their certification.
Becoming an ISA Certified Arborist is a voluntary process that allows individuals to measure their knowledge and competence to provide proper tree care. ISA Certification is administered by the International Society of Arboriculture and is not sponsored or endorsed by the government. It is a way for tree care professionals to demonstrate their commitment to the industry and their profession.
Hiring a Certified Arborist Is a Smart Investment
It is almost always less expensive to hire an individual who is not ISA certified, but it's a decision that can cost you money in the long run. ISA Certified arborists are required to demonstrate knowledge of national industry standards related to safe tree work practices. That's crucial since tree care is a very dangerous job. Workers regularly deal with heights, slippery conditions, falling limbs, sensitive equipment, and electrical wires. Each year, many chainsaw injuries are treated in emergency departments.
Poor tree care can endanger people and property. It may damage trees and make them more susceptible to disease, pests, and structural insecurity. Certified arborists not only avoid these issues, but they can identify minor problems before they become more severe and offer care that prevents storm damage.
Hiring a certified arborist increases efficiency. Municipalities often require that projects involving protected trees are worked on or overseen by an ISA-certified arborist to ensure accuracy and the trees' well-being. Hiring ISA-certified professionals also saves you the hassle of working with multiple contractors and trying to navigate permits.
Tree care professionals who identify themselves as licensed arborists may not necessarily be ISA certified. A licensed tree care worker has met the requirements to work within your region. However, any professional you hire for tree care should be licensed, certified, and insured. Burnaby Tree Surgeons maintains all three.
Tree Crews must be Certified
The crews that work with arborists should also be certified, and it's important to check this vital requirement before work begins. Crew members must be able to safely perform functions such as climbing, felling, and removing trees. Certification ensures that each crew member has the necessary safety training. They also have the training and tree science knowledge to perform their duties correctly and carefully.
All of our climbers are certified.
Avoid Unnecessary Risks
If you hire an unlicensed and uncertified contractor for tree work, you expose yourself to serious risks. Worse, insurance companies may include language that excludes damage caused by unlicensed contractors. Be sure to ask for a copy of a tree care professional's proof of insurance, license, and certification. Quality professionals expect this question and are happy to provide the information.
The Burnaby Tree Surgeons Difference
With Burnaby Tree Surgeons, you can be confident we have the qualifications to do the job safely and correctly. In addition to providing certified arborists, we maintain the appropriate licensing and insurance.
We never cut corners on safety because our job is about more than just taking good care of trees. It's also about taking care of people. Please request a free quote or give us a call at 604-924-6655.
See our previous article: 2022 Pricing Guide: Tree Removal in Burnaby, BC