Autumn Tree Care Experts announce that four of the top climbers on its staff – Andrew Burke, Ricardo Martinez, Froilan Rodriguez, and Eduardo Villagomez – recently earned the designation “ISA Certified Tree Worker/Climber Specialist” from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).
To be eligible for this designation, one is required to have a minimum of 18 months’ experience as a tree climber and provide proof of training in aerial rescue, CPR, and first aid. Once eligibility is established, one’s arboricultural aptitude is tested through knowledge and skill assessments.
The written examination evaluates one’s understanding of climbing safety, tree removal, rigging, pruning, cabling, climbing/knots, tree sciences, and tree identification. That knowledge is further tested during the skill assessment, where candidates demonstrate their abilities in climb preparation, knot tying, climbing, rope throwing, secured entry, rope advancing, tie-in, work climb, and descent.
Certification is valid for a three-year period. One’s status is maintained by accumulating 15 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) during the course of the certification period.
To date, Autumn Tree Care Experts employs eight ISA Certified Tree Workers/Climber Specialists (Andrew Burke, Jose Lopez, Pedro Martinez, Ricardo Martinez, Tony Perez, Jose Ramirez, Froilan Rodriguez, and Eduardo Villagomez) along with nine ISA Certified Arborists and four Board-Certified Master Arborists.
ISA Certified Tree Worker/Climber Specialists (clockwise from top right): Ricardo Martinez, Andrew Burke, Froilan Rodriguez, and Eduardo Villagomez.
Photo by Jackie Jasperson