What is an arborist?

An arborist is a specialist in the care of trees and shrubs. This kind of tree care professional may engage in a variety of tree care activities, such as tree maintenance, tree pruning (tree surgery), diagnosis, treatment and risk analysis.


One caveat to the use of the term arborist is that not everyone calling oneself an arborist is, in fact, qualified.


It is important, when hiring someone to take care of your trees, to ensure that the individual is a Certified Arborist. Certified Arborists are required to pass examinations proving their competence in the field of Arboriculture (Tree Care).


Some organizations that certify arborists include the International Society of Arboriculture and the Massachusetts Arborists Association. Many other certifying agencies also exist. Keep in mind that a certification is not a license. Some states require a license to do tree removals or tree pruning; however, certification is a voluntary undertaking by those who desire to remain at the top of their field.


The state of Massachusetts (where Boston Tree Science is located) does not require a license for tree care activities. However, the Massachusetts Certified Arborist designation is a good place to start when evaluating your tree care professional's credentials. The ISA Certified Arborist designation can also give the consumer increased confidence when desiring which tree company to hire. If you are looking for Boston, MA Tree Care or Boston, MA Structural Pruning, please feel free to give us a call. We also provide Tree Risk Assessments for Boston, Massachusetts and surrounding communities.