What is a “certified” arborist?

Certified arborists have completed the training and exams necessary for accreditation. You will learn how to prune trees for health and aesthetics and perform tree risk assessments. The knowledge and skills of a well-trained arborist encompass the science and practice of tree care. They work within the field of arboriculture and keep our urban forests healthy and looking beautiful. Arborists take a leading role in educating clients about trees on private land, and maintain safety by removing hazardous trees.

Arborist Training

Arborists may choose to receive training in a specialty and you can research various programs and training providers on the itabc.ca, the official website for the Industry Training Authority of BC.
  • Arborist Technician
  • Field Arborist
  • Climbing Arborist
  • Utility Arborist
Arborist Technicians are tree experts that prune and care for trees from the ground. Their skill set includes falling, limbing and bucking trees, and assisting climbers. Other tasks they perform include identifying plants, chipping brush and cleaning up sites. Arborists examine trees for health and correct problems such as insect infestations, disease and soil conditions that may be contaminating trees. You can challenge the certification if you have significant experience in the trade.
Climbing Arborists use highly effective climbing using safety rigging and mechanical lifts to perform tasks that are impossible to reach from ground level. As they are able to reach the highest points in trees, they can assess crown disorders, prune and complete upper crown reduction for tree health.
Utility Arborists and their apprentices are legally allowed to prune or remove hazardous trees within a three meter or less proximity of voltage lines. Utility line clearing is one of their main objectives, implementing safety-first procedures.

Locations & Service Areas

We are a team of certified arborists providing tree and professional landscaping services to the Thompson-Okanagan and Shuswap regions of BC. We offer an extensive list of arborist services throughout these regions and extend discounts to seniors and repeat customers. As a family-owned business, we care about the communities we serve throughout BC.

For Professional tree and landscaping services in Kamloops, call our main office at 1-888-778-3230 or 778-362-3230.

If you are looking for landscaping and tree services in Vernon or other North Okanagan locations, call 250-241-1704.

For tree care and landscaping in Kelowna, call 250-801-8405. For information on our fruit tree pruning and spraying services, see our Fruit Trees page.

Professional Arborist Services

Pine Valley Tree Service & Landscaping is a family-owned business with over 40 years of industry experience. Our team consists of certified arborists, certified utility arborists, landscapers and fallers. Our extensive service area covers Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Armstrong, Vernon, Lake Country, Kelowna, Mission, Abbotsford, Chilliwack and surrounding area.
If you are interested in joining our team to put your certifications to use, we invite you to visit our CAREERS page.