Six Arboriculture & Community Forestry students took the Massachusetts Certified Arborist (MCA) exam on April 3rd 2008. Kyle Andrejczyk, Rich Bailey, Max Ford-Diamond, Peter Haupt, and Rich Mattson all passed the exam to become MCA’s.

The MCA is a voluntary certification program initiated in 1957. Since the program¹s inception, more than 800 tree care professionals have obtained the MCA designation. The purpose of the MCA program is to enhance the skills and knowledge of Massachusetts arborists, to raise the level of public awareness as to the importance of working with trained professionals, and to provide a means of self-improvement and continuing education for the certified professional. The exam tests an arborist’s knowledge a variety of topics including plant health care, tree identification, arboricultural safety, pruning, cabling, tree risk assessment, and transplanting.