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Certification and a certification program for arborists and tree workers in the Pacific Northwest Murray, Susan Marie


Certification is a means by which a professional agency or association gives recognition to an individual who has achieved a certain level of competence. Certification is often voluntary and indicates reserved title. Licensure, on the other hand, is legislated and indicates exclusive right to practice. There are both benefits and disadvantages to certification within the occupations and professions. Certification should be based on competency Professional associations have a strong role to play in both certification am mandated continuing professional education. A certification program for Arborists and Tree Workers in the Pacific Northwest introduces the International Society of Arboriculture, the professional association. In addition, the reasons for the program, its objectives, development, requirements, administration, publicity and its evaluation are presented.

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