Earning an Arborist License in Connecticut

John Sulzbach, a resident of Killingworth, CT, currently works as a production manager for Astroseal Products in Chester. When he is not managing a 25-person staff and overseeing all aspects of business, John Sulzbach spends time as a licensed arborist in and around Killingworth, CT.

The practice of arboriculture by a qualified arborist encompasses various practices of maintenance for shade, ornamental, and fruit trees. In the state of Connecticut arborists who wish to practice in a professional setting must first achieve a license as issued by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Through the DEEP, the Tree Protection Examining Board hosts license examinations four times per year. Arborists must first pass a written test with the DEEP before being approved for the official license exam.

During the license exam, arborists will have their knowledge tested in several areas of arboriculture, ranging from the identification of Connecticut’s common trees in the winter and summer months to the diagnosis of various injuries and abnormalities. Individuals who pass the evaluation process must undertake 12 continuing education credits within five years of the exam to maintain the license.


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