Tree Service 'Prospectors' and Credential Fraud:

 

There is a shortage of knowledgeable, skilled professionals in the arboricultural industry and these individuals are in high demand.

    A common credential fraud is Tree Service 'Prospectors' claiming to be ISA Certified Arborists. They often claim to have 'forgotten' or 'are waiting to be issued' their Certification Number (these are issued within hours of qualification). Some individuals will even purchase a basic membership from the International Society of Arboriculture so they can display the basic ISA Member logo. Only ISA Certified Arborists are permitted to display the ISA Certified Arborist logo which must include their Personal Name and ISA Certification Number.

    The Manitoba Forest Health Protection Act requires tree services to be performed by an ISA Certified Arborist or Manitoba Licensed Arborist. You can verify an ISA Credential by entering their Certification Number (example;  PR-4775A) into the ISA Certified Arborist Verification Tool  or ask the individual to show their ISA Identity Card or Manitoba Arborist License Card. An ISA Certified Arborist specializing in treatment work must also have a valid (current year) Manitoba Agriculture Licensed Pesticide Applicator Card that will indicate Certifications in: Pesticide Core, Golf Course Landscape, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).