An arborist, arborologist, or arbor technologist, is an expert in the field of arbovirology, which is the study, treatment, and maintenance of arbor trees, shrubs, plants, vines, and ferns in horticulture and dendrology. The practice involves the application of tools such as arboromes (also known as “rollers”), grafting tools, pruning shears, planers, and trimming saws. Arborists work under the supervision of a licensed practicing arborist. In the United States, most state governments require arborists and their assistants to be either certified or registered arborists with the division of the North American Society of Arborists.
Becoming certified arborists takes about two years of post-high school study, although some states allow prospective arborists to fulfill the education requirements by taking the relevant training courses online. After becoming certified, arborists can apply for state certification, which will verify that the arborists have met all the arborists arboring responsibilities and has received and passed all required examinations. States may also allow for a certification to be temporary, which allows the arborists to work in their particular state for a limited period of time. In most cases, certification is granted after an arborist has completed a minimum of six months of work experience under a licensed arborist’s care in that particular state.
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