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All arborists are not the same...
More Than Certified
“Arborist” is a generic term used for tree expert. A Certified Arborist is the entry-level accreditation available through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). There are over 10,000 ISA Certified Arborists in the United States alone.
Our team has obtained a higher level of recognition in the tree care industry, the Board Certified Master Arborist and Registered Consulting Arborist designations. We are more than just “arborists,” we are BCMA and RCA.
Board Certified Master Arborist
“The Board Certified Master Arborist credential is the highest level of certification offered by ISA. This credential recognizes Certified Arborists who have reached the pinnacle of their profession. In addition to passing an extensive scenario-based exam, candidates must abide by a Code of Ethics, which ensures quality of work.” International Society of Arboriculture
Fewer than 2% of all ISA Certified Arborists have become Board Certified Master Arborists.
To maintain the Board Certified Master Arborist and Registered Consulting Arborist designations, we have to obtain twice as many Continued Education Units (CEU’s) as basic Certified Arborists each multiyear period. We are held to a higher standard because we are expected to know more.
CEU’s are obtained through attending educational seminars, conferences, and tree-related meetings; or taking tests and quizzes related to publications, and periodicals.
Registered Consulting Arborist
“Those with Registered Consulting Arborist (RCA) status have chosen to take their career even higher by earning that designation. ASCA’s Consulting Arborists are dedicated to objectively assessing trees, enhancing the community, and protecting the environment. They are also devoted to a course of lifelong learning about arboriculture.” American Society of Consulting Arborists
There are less than 700 active Registered Consulting Arborists in the United States of America.
Bradley gained his love of forests while obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of California at Santa Cruz. In 2003 he worked with Butch to help develop business for a successful tree service company in San Diego.
Bradley saw the need for independent, third-party tree expertise and founded the Bradley Consulting Group in 2009.
He has been involved with several high-profile cases and appeared on multiple news channels as their tree expert.
In 2011 he obtained the Registered Consulting Arborist status. A year later he became a Board Certified Master Arborist.
After selling a small landscape maintenance company he founded after high school, Butch was hired to develop business for the largest national landscape contractor in the U.S. at that time.
He became an ISA Certified Arborist in 1998 and transitioned into their tree department. In 2002, Butch was hired by an enterprising landscape company to develop business for a new tree care division in the San Diego area.
Butch became a Registered Consulting Arborist in 2012. He sold his interest in a tree service company and cofounded Tree Life Consulting with his brother-in-law, Bradley Brown in 2015.