Finding (and choosing!) a certified arborist

Découpage d'arbre en hauteur par arboriculteur certifié

Do you want to remove dead branches from a tree and have it trimmed? Do you have a tree that you think needs to be pruned?

To maintain the health of your trees and ensure the safety of the people and buildings around them, call on the services of a certified professional arborist. A qualified arborist will know exactly what to do to improve the silhouette of your trees and bushes while promoting their healthy growth.

Choosing a qualified certified arborist

To make sure that the tree trimming company you choose to do the work is truly competent and has mastered all of the techniques required by the profession, choose only arborists who hold a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) in arboriculture and pruning. You should also be aware that the DVS has recently been modified with a new program and renamed “Pruning.”

This 915-hour training course provides the necessary knowledge and skills for an arborist to meet the demands of the profession.
During the course of the program, students learn how to do the following:

  • Maintain trees and bushes in an urban environment
  • Move safely through trees with the use of various techniques
  • Manage different types of trimming work
  • Cut off dead branches
  • Perform bracing techniques
  • Clear branches from overhead lines
  • Move trees properly
  • Plant and fertilize various types of trees
  • Inspect trees to diagnose and treat possible diseases
  • Fell trees and remove the stumps

ISA certification: a plus

Certification by the ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) is recognized worldwide. This certification demonstrates that an arborist has a high level of knowledge in the care and maintenance of trees. This authentication also proves the arborist’s interest in the profession and the desire to pursue ongoing training.

ISA certification can be earned after an arborist with at least three consecutive years of professional experience in arboriculture passes a written exam, which has been prepared by experts in arboriculture from the United States and Canada. The certification is valid for 3 years and can be renewed after the certificate holder accumulates 30 continuing education credits. As a result of these strict requirements, qualified arborists constantly improve their knowledge of the regulations and practices guiding their profession.

Thanks to the Quebec chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (known by its French initials, SIAQ), you can find a professional that’s certified or authorized by Hydro-Québec in your area. Click here to view the list.

Why hire a certified arborist?

Over the past 10 years, there has been a lot of growth in the area of tree maintenance in urban environments. That’s why it’s important for consumers to be able to recognize which arborists are certified, skilled and qualified so they can rest assured that they’ll receive excellent service.

In fact, by choosing a certified arborist to care for your trees, you’ll enjoy the following benefits:

  • You’ll receive proven professional advice
  • You’ll have the assurance of knowing that the work will be performed safely, following best practices and using the proper materials
  • You’ll avoid any risks of injury or accidents
  • You’ll ensure the health and growth of your trees

For any trimming work on a tree whose branches are less than three meters away from medium-voltage power lines, you should be aware that you must do business with a company that’s authorized by Hydro-Québec.

For your peace of mind, it’s also important to select an arborist with civil liability insurance to cover any possible injuries to people or damage to property.

At Émondage SBP, all of our arborists are qualified, professional, reliable and experienced, so the results are guaranteed. What’s more, the company is an SIAQ member and is covered by five million dollars in liability insurance.