Javad Trew aka JT at Trew Tree Experts in Santa Rosa, CA officially became a Certified Arborist in March 2015, after studying for more than a year. By passing an intense exam with flying colors, Trew can now proudly say that he is a fully-certified arborist.
“This is one of the highest certifications that you can get in the tree service industry,” Trew said. “It’s our equivalent of having a college degree and it gives Trew Tree Experts a higher level of expertise and knowledge that we can pass on to our customers.”
To become an ISA Certified Arborist credential, JT had to be trained and show that he was knowledgeable in all aspects of arboriculture. He also had to meet all requirements to be eligible for the exam, which includes three or more years of full-time, eligible, practical work experience in arboriculture and/or a degree in the field of arboriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture, or forestry from a regionally accredited educational institute.
This certification covers a large number of topics giving the candidates flexibility in the arboricultural profession. A code of ethics for ISA Certified Arborists strengthens the credibility and reliability of the work force. This certification is accredited by the American National Standards Institute, meeting and exceeding ISO 17024.
Being an arborist comes with a considerable amount of responsibility, Trew explained, but he’s poised and prepared to take on every challenge. “An arborist is the final say when it comes to whether a tree should be removed or can be saved. Everything has to be carefully documented and the arborist has to write a report to support any decision he makes. We have to ask ourselves on each and every tree–is safe and healthy? Can it be saved reasonably and practically? These are all the questions an arborist has to answer every day.”
Since very few tree services have their own on-staff certified arborist, has becoming an arborist helped your business we asked JT? “Absolutely,” Trew said. “I am now listed on the ISA’s web site as a certified arborist and after just one week there, I started getting phone calls from new customers. The services of an arborist are in need in the Bay Area and that’s why I’ve been getting a lot of calls every week.”
Now that Trew has achieved his goal as becoming an arborist, what does the future hold for JT and Trew Tree Experts? “To maintain my certification, I have to take continuing education classes so that I can stay up on the cutting-edge of this industry. And then in five years, I’m going to try and reach the true pinnacle in the tree service business–as a Master Arborist. It’s the ultimate certification they offer and I would really like to become one. So, I will start studying now to take the exam in 2020.”
Trees are in JT’s blood and that’s why he loves what he does. “I was born to do this and that’s why I tell people if you can’t get a hold of me, there’s a good chance that I might just be up in a tree somewhere,” JT said. “At Trew Tree Experts, we love and respect trees–so becoming an arborist is more than just a title–it’s in my DNA.”