October 16th and 17th was the annual certification liaison meeting held in Champaign, IL.
Changes for Computer-Based Testing and the ISA Certified Arborist® Exam
The management of certification exams occasionally requires changes and updates to accommodate the requirements of our computer-based testing vendor and our ANSI ISO 17024 accreditation. In striving to keep our lines of communication open with ISA members and credential holders, we wish to explain these changes in as timely a manner as possible before the effective date of 16 November 2015.
Computer-Based Testing Administrative Fees
Since 2009, ISA has offered two different exam administration options. The first option is the scheduled sitting for a paper-and-pencil exam. The second option, computer-based testing (CBT), was created in response to the need for providing flexibility to exam candidates. To deliver this flexibility, ISA contracted with testing vendor Pearson VUE and has been charged an administrative fee of $100 USD for each CBT credentialing exam taken during the term of the contract. We recently renewed the contract with Pearson VUE for the next seven years. While ISA makes every effort to keep costs to a minimum, the fee we pay this vendor per exam has risen by $25 USD. As a result, the new administrative fee for the computer-based testing option will be $125 USD, effective 16 November 2015. Updated Application Handbooks may be found on our website tomorrow or by ordering hardcopies. Please ensure that any outdated copies you have are recycled.
ISA Certified Arborist® Exam Change
ISA recently underwent a Passing Score Study for our ISA Certified Arborist® exam. This was a requirement of our ANSI ISO 17024 accreditation. During this process, we identified that the number of tested questions on the exam needed to be changed to effectively provide enough room for 20 pre-test questions. Effective 16 November 2015, all ISA Certified Arborist® exams will consist of 180 graded questions and 20 additional pre-test questions. The new passing score will be 74 percent. All current registrations will be moved to the new testing model on that date. Updated Application Handbooks may be found on our website tomorrow or by ordering hardcopies. Please ensure that any outdated copies you have are recycled.
By Chris Johnson
City Arborist – Davenport, Iowa
Certification Liaison – Midwestern Chapter
Midwestern Chapter – ISA Board of Directors
The Midwestern Chapter strongly supports the ISA Certification Programs. Proctors are located throughout the Chapter to administer exams. An arborist certification prep class is available annually.
If you have general questions about certification, exams or becoming an exam proctor, please contact Midwestern Chapter ISA Certification Liaison.
Exam Dates and Locations:
For certification exam dates and locations view the ISA certiciation calendar,
Certification Exam Prep Classes:
Exam Set-up and Proctors:
If you are interested in setting up a Certified Arborist/Utility Specialist/Municipal Specialist Exam, please fill out this form then return the completed form to the Midwestern Chapter ISA Certification Liaison at least 30 days prior to the exam. Only Active Proctors can set-up an exam.
If you are not a proctor and would like to be, contact the Midwestern Chapter ISA Certification Liaison listed above for an application.
If you have any questions regarding taking an exam or holding an exam, please contact via email the Midwestern Chapter ISA Certification Liaison.