Licensing

Who needs an arborist license?

Anyone who performs arboriculture work for compensation in Maine must obtain an arborist license or work under the direct supervision of a licensed arborist.


What is arboriculture work?

Arboriculture work as defined for licensing purposes includes:

  • leaving the ground for pruning or trimming, installing cabling or bracing,
  • diagnosing and evaluating conditions of trees,
  • felling or taking down trees in developed areas

For licensing purposes arboriculture work does NOT include:

  • planting and fertilizing,
  • stump grinding,
  • chipping,
  • house and wood lot clearing.

How do I become a licensed arborist?

In order to become a licensed arborist, an individual must apply to take an exam, pass the exam and demonstrate proof of adequate insurance.

Licensed arborists from another state, and ISA certified arborists don't need to take the exam, but must apply for a license.

To obtain your license, you must also demonstrate proof of adequate insurance.

Individuals with no experience in arboriculture can obtain an apprentice license without taking an exam, providing they work under the direct supervision of a licensed arborist.

Contact Information

For more information on arborist licensing call (207)287-3891 or email Arborist.

Updated: April 16, 2014