Arboriculture is also known as tree surgery, and requires a lot of training. There are introductory courses for learning the basics, and more advanced training for ensuring professional development, such as the courses that teach the safe and competent use of arboriculture equipment.

Arboriculture training can be carried out both in person and online; the latter is a great way of ensuring continued education as the courses can be taken by anyone, regardless of their location, and arborists can study whenever they have the time.

Some, like the Tree Worker Safety course, are offered for free; however, you are required to pay for most courses, and gaining all the qualifications needed may take several years. So this is not an inexpensive task, especially when you consider that you will have to refresh regularly the skills you have achieved initially.

Arboriculture societies and certification

You may cut down the costs a little when you become a member of an arboriculture society, such as ISA (the International Society of Arboriculture). Other benefits to earning certification include being backed by a strong code of ethics that will give you greater credibility, and will help you stand out from other arborists. Even if you have proper training, you will need to take further courses or exams to become certified. For example, to become an ISA certified arborist, you must already have pertinent arboriculture training and skills, a relevant degree from an accredited educational institute (in arboriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture, or forestry), and at least three years of full-time, practical work experience.