Since our founding in 1929,
Wickes/arborists™ has been committed
to excellence through knowledge.
“Tree Doctors Still Make House Calls”™Our team of professionals achieve licenses and certifications that are rare in the industry. We are extremely proud of our employees’ commitment to providing the best possible care for your trees, lawn, and plants. Below are some of the licenses and certifications of our staff members.
Our Arborists are TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association) certified, meeting strict industry standards and criteria for professionalism, safety regulations, business ethics and consumer satisfaction.
We are proud to be one of the very few tree professionals that employs Certified Arborists (CA). CAs must have experience in Isaarboriculture and also pass an examination that is developed by a panel of experts from the International Society of Arborists. This exam assesses thorough competency in and knowledge of the six domains of tree care practices: tree biology; identification and selection; installation and establishment; soil management; pruning, diagnosis, tree protection; and tree risk management. A CA must take continuing education credits in order to maintain certification and keep abreast of new technologies.
Commercial Pesticide Technicians and Applicators
As leaders in our industry, we are licensed to apply plant health care materials in both New York and New Jersey and these materials are applied only by Certified Technicians (CT) and/or Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicators (CCPA). To become a CT, a candidate must complete a minimum of 8 hours training before going into the field as an apprentice. After either completing a minimum of two years experience as an apprentice or obtaining a related college degree, candidates must complete a thirty-hour training course and pass core and category competency exams. Only after years more experience, training and testing can CTs achieve the designation of CCPA. We help our CTs and CCPAs achieve and maintain their accreditations by offering training courses and continuing education credits.
Tree Care Safety Professionals
Safety is paramount at Wickes/arborists™. When the Tree Care Industry Association developed a certification for safety, we sent our employees to be trained as Certified Treecare Safety Professionals (CTSP). CTSP candidates must have a minimum of three years technical experience with at least one year of assumed responsibility for safety, or six months technical field experience and one year in a professional safety position, or have a related college degree with an internship that provided technical field experience. Once so qualified, applicants must complete a core competencies study guide and attend and complete the CTSP Advanced Safety/Behavioral Training Workshop. Re-certification credits in continuing education are required to maintain the CTSP designation.
Certified Nursery and Landscape Professionals
Because we care for trees, shrubs and turf, we also employ a Certified Nursery and Landscape Professionals (CNLP). In order to qualify for this certification, candidates must have graduated from a recognized 2 or 4 year college with a degree in a horticultural-related field, or must have completed three years experience in the horticultural industry. Candidates must pass a written exam (on soils and fertilizers, plant function and nomenclature, plant identification, plant pest problems, landscape establishment and maintenance, grading and drainage, and hard-scapes) as well as successfully identify both the scientific and common genus and species of live plant specimens.
Registered Consulting Arborists
An arborist must prove both longevity and extensive knowledge of trees before even being considered for membership in the American Society of Consulting Arborists. Applicants must prove their qualifications in the form of continued education and experience before attending the required week-long training academy, passing a rigorous exam, and successfully submitting and passing three reports that meet strict professional review standards.
A Consulting Arborist must face the most challenging situations that require experience in the Arboriculture science and display expertise in the practical, ethical and objective role of consultant. Consulting Arborists are the preeminent authorities on matters related to trees—ensuring the safety, health, and preservation of trees in our natural surroundings.
Trees in our developed environment present a challenge, requiring careful planning and vigilant maintenance. The shared public trust of governments, businesses and homeowners is to ensure that trees grow, thrive and remain safe. When a problem occurs—if a tree causes damage or becomes a public safety hazard—a source for advice and mediation is often needed. This is the role of the Consulting Arborist: to bring a comprehensive, objective viewpoint to the diagnosis, appraisal and evaluation of arboricultural issues.
Quite often a Consulting Arborist will assist law firms, insurance companies, utilities, land developers, municipalities, landscape planners and architects, homeowners, individuals and organizations coping with disaster mitigation, and others requiring authoritative knowledge and perspective on trees and plant life. ASCA’s Consulting Arborists are dedicated to the objective assessment of trees, the enhancement of the community and the protection of the environment. They are also devoted to a course of lifelong learning about Arboriculture. Those with Registered Consulting Arborist® (RCA) status have chosen to take their career even higher by earning that designation.
There are fewer than three hundred active RCAs in the world today, and they are considered by many in the industry to be the foremost authority on the legal, environmental and aesthetic considerations of trees and plants. Wickes/arborists™ employs several Registered Consulting Arborists that are proud members of the American Society of Consulting Arborists.