As the world becomes more focused on sustainability and preserving the environment, the need for qualified professionals in the arboriculture industry has never been greater. However, the lack of basic pruning knowledge and other arboriculture skills is becoming increasingly apparent in the modern landscape contracting industry.
In a recent episode of the Kid Contractor podcast, guest Austin Douglas of Ditch The Itch, suggested becoming a certified arborist through the ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) to improve the quality of tree care in the industry. Although it is not necessary to be a member of the ISA to become a certified arborist, joining the organization can offer many benefits, including discounts on materials and exams.
Moreover, being a member of the ISA means being part of a global organization dedicated to improving the arboriculture industry and urban forestry. The ISA not only focuses on how to better install patios and roads while preserving trees but also plans for the future of trees, including replacing them, selecting the right species, and estimating how long they will live.
Becoming a certified arborist and joining the ISA not only benefits individuals but also contributes to the betterment of the arboriculture industry as a whole. Currently, there are only 40,000 certified arborists and less than 1000 Board Certified Master arborists in the world, highlighting the need for more qualified professionals in the industry.
In conclusion, becoming a certified arborist through the ISA and joining the organization can bring many benefits to individuals and contribute to the betterment of the arboriculture industry and urban forestry as a whole. Joining the ISA means being part of a global organization that is dedicated to improving the world's tree care and creating a sustainable future.