Become a Tree Farm Inspector
The following minimum education and/or experience requirements are necessary for professionals certifying and inspecting Tree Farms:

  • All inspectors must successfully complete the Certifier Training Program.
  • Inspectors must complete the refresher training every five years, which will coincide with AFF Standard revisions.

All inspectors must meet at least one of the four recognized requirements:
  • A Bachelor of Science, Forestry degree, or higher from a Society of American Foresters (SAF) accredited
  • program.
  • Two-year forestry technician degree from an SAF recognized program.
  • Anyone already serving as a Tree Farm inspector prior to July 31, 1999 is grandfathered in as an inspector provided their names were included in a list of inspectors submitted by the State Tree Farm Chair to the American Forest Foundation by July 31, 1999 and has completed the Certifier Training Program.
  • Anyone professionally practicing forestry and meeting the minimum educational requirements. 

The Virginia Tree Farm Foundation will be hosting a Tree Farm Inspector Training at the 2018 Forestry Summit in Richmond, Virginia on May 4th, 2018. 
For more information and registration, please visit the Virginia Forestry Association Forestry Summit page.

 Please complete this form to be added to the list to receive training information when it is available.