Pursuing an ISA Certification is a worthy goal that will help you advance your career in the arboriculture industry. We encourage you to take a few moments to review the materials in this section. You will learn more about how to prepare for the exam and what is required during the application process.
There are two options available for candidates to sit for their certification exams: paper-based exams offered by a chapter or affiliated organization, or computer-based exams administered at a Pearson VUE testing facility.
A paper-based exam offered by a Chapter or an Affiliated Organization is delivered at a pre-scheduled date and location determined by the local ISA Certification Liaison. This exam is administered via paper and pencil. Download a list of exam dates and locations scheduled over the coming months. After choosing a location, you must complete an application in order to enroll in the exam.
Computer-based exams allow the convenience of working around potential conflicts in your schedule and may help you avoid having to drive long distances to paper-based exam sites. If you choose to test at a Pearson VUE testing facility, you determine your own test date and location. Computer-based exams require an additional administrative fee, but you receive your results immediately after you complete the exam, as opposed to waiting 4-6 weeks for your results from a paper-based exam.