The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A300 Tree Care standards provide standard practices and specification writing guidelines for arborists, urban foresters, horticulturalists, landscape architects, and contractors.*

New! Starting January 1, 2024, the standards are available as one consolidated document to make it easier and more efficient for tree care professionals to keep up with.

Both print and digital copies are available for purchase. The new digital format also features videos, animation, interactive assessments, and the online A300 Pruning Standards course.

After an extensive review and public comment period, some revisions and updates were made, including:

  • New maintenance and monitoring recommendations to improve professionalism and defer maintenance responsibility away from companies and to the tree owners.
  • Improved clarification around palm pruning with new standards for frond removal.
  • Updates around indiscriminate mechanized tree cutting.
  • One review cycle for all the standards at the same time. (Every five years.)

*These standards are written and revised by the ANSI Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) whose mission is to develop consensus performance standards based on current research and sound practice for writing specifications to manage trees, shrubs, and other woody plants.

ANSI A300 by Parts

The standards are divided into parts, based on tree care practices. Click on their title for more details:

You can review which projects the ASC A300 committee is current working on, learn more about public review and comment periods and submit your comments for consideration.

  • ASC A300 Committee
    The ASC A300 committee has representatives and experts from a broad and diverse group of industrial and governmental organizations. Contact your organization’s committee member to find out how you can be involved. View a list of current committee members.

  • To view the latest ANSI-accredited Standards Committee A300 (ASC A300) Policies and Standards Development Procedures click here. View the current ASC A300 Procedures 

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ASC A300 Procedures

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Learn more about support systems

Watch a video where Bartlett’s Peter Becker discusses the various support systems that arborists can use to limit branch movement and support tree weight and architecture in order to guarantee value and safety for the tree and property owner.