Certification

Massachusetts Certified Arborist Program (MCA)

Building professionals, enhancing businesses, and protecting consumers.

The Massachusetts Arborists Association (MAA) is proud to sponsor the Massachusetts Certified Arborists (MCA) program. The MCA program is a voluntary certification program initiated in 1957 by leading Massachusetts arborists. Since the program’s inception, more than 800 tree care service professionals have obtained the Massachusetts Certified Arborist designation.

The purpose of the Massachusetts Certified Arborist program is to raise the level of public awareness as to the importance of working with trained tree service professionals, and to provide a means of self-improvement and continuing education for the certified professional.

In short, the MCA program helps to build tree care professionals, enhance businesses, and protect consumers.

The MCA credential…

  • reinforces the need for education based on science and research

  • provides a peer network for the sharing of information

  • represents a benchmark of important knowledge and information

  • instills confidence in clientele and validates your credibility as a professional

  • acknowledges the need to stay current in a rapidly evolving industry

  • opens doors to certain municipal and State bid requests

  • demonstrates a dedication to arboriculture as a profession

  • is a source of personal and professional pride


Do you feel the same dedication to your profession that we do? We hope you'll get started on your way to becoming an MCA! We believe it is a credential worthy of pride, signifying your dedication and knowledge in the field of arboriculture.



EXAMS

The MCA examination is designed to assess the fundamental knowledge and skills that all tree care professionals should have, regardless of their area of practice. The knowledge required to pass the exam is significant.

Exams are offered twice yearly, generally the first Friday in April and October. Please check our calendar of events for dates. Certification candidates should begin preparing for the exam well in advance. Exam applications are printable from the Study Guide. Applications must be faxed or mailed along with examination fees. 

The MCA exam consists of multiple choice questions and a section for image ID.  Examinees are asked to review photographs and provide latin and common names for trees, along with the common names of insects and tree diseases.  Spelling counts on the image ID section but credit can be granted for nearly correct spelling.  Examinees will want to spend time studying the tree, insect and disease tutorials on the Study Guide.

Examinees must pass both sections of the exam (70% or better) to be awarded the MCA Certification.  If an examinee doesn't pass and chooses to take the exam again, both sections must be administered.

Click here to download a brochure with more detailed information.



The MCA program examinations are prepared, conducted and corrected under the direction of the MCA Examining Committee. Solely and exclusively a voluntary certification program, it is not in any way connected with any agency of the government.  This independence, so typical of our great Northeastern spirit, ensures that the MCA program will serve our companies, our employees, and our customers with integrity and benefit them for years to come.