ISA Credentials

Benefits of Certification


Why Become ISA Credentialed?

Earning an ISA Credential is a voluntary activity that demonstrates you have the knowledge and skills to properly care for trees, as well as a high level of dedication to your profession and your community. ISA Credential holders understand the importance of continued education to increase their expertise and advance their careers.

How ISA Credentialing Benefits Your Career

The tree care profession has experienced rapid growth over the past decade, and there is a significant amount of knowledge required to perform tree care at the highest level. Displaying your ISA Credential helps consumers identify you as a knowledgeable, experienced tree care professional who is committed to properly caring for and maintaining their trees. 

Certification vs. Qualification

Certification Qualification

A Certification is a voluntary program administered by a non-governmental organization. It grants the use of a credential to individuals for a specific period of time. The Certification is available to those who meet predetermined and standardized criteria for knowledge, skills, or competencies. The knowledge needed to pass a Certification assessment is learned through self-study and experience. The assessment is conducted independent of a specific class, course, or other training program. To retain the credential, certificants must meet requirements for renewal.

A Qualification is awarded for achievement of a narrow body of knowledge with very specific learning objectives. This type of program often takes the form of a classroom learning experience followed by an assessment to determine if the desired learning goals and objectives for the training have been met. Qualifications have no recertification component. They are either valid for life or they require that the classroom learning experience and assessment be repeated for renewal.

Find out more about certification and qualification here.

Need more reasons to become ISA Credentialed?

  • Your ISA Credential allows the public and those in government the opportunity to make an informed selection of services based on the knowledge and advanced training you demonstrate as a credential holder.
  • Experiencing the process and achievement of earning and maintaining your ISA Credential provides you incentives to continue your ongoing professional development.
  • Employers view ISA Credentials as a tool for both training their existing personnel and selecting new employees.
  • Holding an ISA Credential can lead to increased income and open the door to new opportunities for professional advancement.
  • ISA Credentials help set you apart from the competition and give you a competitive edge in today’s economy.
  • When multiple individuals bid for the same job, your ISA Credentials can be a deciding factor in securing the contract. If you want the job done right, hire the right people!