Blake Landscapes Senior Account Manager Matt Coughlin last week earned the International Society of Arboriculture’s Arborist Certification. The Arborist Certification comes after months of study leading up to a 3.5-hour test on tree-related topics including:
- tree biology, identification, selection and establishment;
- soil science, water management, fertilization and diagnosis of plant disorders;
- pruning, lighting protection, and plant health care;
- Urban forestry and construction-related issues;
- Tree worker safety along with climbing and working in trees.
Following passage of the test, Arborists must complete yearly continuing education units to maintain the certification.
Blake Landscape Vice President Brad Yurish, also a Certified Arborist, says the continuing education is one of the most important elements of the certification.
“It keeps you up-to-date on industry standards and new developments,” Yurish said. He also pointed out that many landscape maintenance and installation contracts require selected contractors to have an Arborist on staff.
For Coughlin, the ISA credential follows his certification last year as a Virginia Certified Horticulturist by the Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association.