An arborist is someone who is trained in the science of planting, planning, caring for, and maintaining trees. They are knowledgeable and equipped in regards to how to provide proper tree care in various environments.
A Certified Arborist is a designation received by individuals who pass a comprehensive examination regarding various aspects of trees and arboriculture, including identification, diagnosing, and proper care methods and techniques. To maintain their certification, an individual must also adhere to the Code of Ethics, maintain membership and continue their education. This means they are up to date in their arboriculture knowledge and current events.
There are three streams of Arborists in Ontario in either a provincially recognized stream or industry recognized.
- Previously under the Ministry of Colleges, Training and Universities, MTCU, there was an apprenticeship program for both the trade of Arborist and Utility Arborist which was enacted in 1982. This program was moved, with the creation of the College of Trades. Members under the MTCU, if they did not join the College of Trades continue to hold their certificates.
- Under the Ontario Ministry of Labour, through the College of Trades apprenticeship program the voluntary trades of Arborist and Utility Arborists require both workplace training and 24 weeks of “in school courses” related to working with and in trees. This hands on approach helps to provide for competent and safe tree workers.
College of Trades
The graduate of the apprenticeship program who;
- Completed up to approximately 6, 000 hours of on the job training,
- Completes the Training Standards Book,
- Successfully completed the 24 week course and passes the written exam achieves a Certificate of Apprenticeship as appropriate in the Trade of Arborist or Utility Arborist. Those who do not write the final exam receive a Certificate of Qualification in their respected trades
The College of Trades can discipline any members who are not meeting the requirements of the Trade. Apprentices in good standing are listed on the College of trades site: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/public-register-search
- Certified Arborists are designated and regulated by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). The examination is developed by industry experts on tree care. If a person is certified, they will be listed in the ISA database.
- They have been exposed to the knowledge and time spent working in the field to reach certification.
- They have up to date credentials and knowledge about tree care, health, and forestry
Because it is required to maintain certification, continuing education credits (CEUs) allow the Arborists to maintain their certification and stay current through taking courses, attending industry relevant presentations and other opportunities as they arise.
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Contact P & A to Work with a Certified Arborist
P & A Urban Forestry’s president, Peter Wynnyczuk, is a Utility Arborist under the MTCU, #400113535 and a ISA Certified Arborist (ON-2067A). In addition to over 38 years of experience, he has the knowledge to work with and protect the health of trees on your property to keep them healthy.
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