Workforce & Training

Trying to Track Credentials? There’s a Tool for That!

In commercial tree care, industry-specific licenses, certifications, training and credentialing are important. The education behind the credentials builds skills, knowledge and safety habits in the field. Holding the various credentials provides proof of the training. But human nature being what it is, employees historically have poor track records for tracking their bona fides, according to […]

Tim Walsh was in one of the first classes to earn CTSP

Tim Walsh, in First Group to Earn CTSP, Still on a Quest for Safety

Timothy Walsh was in the first class to gain TCIA’s Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) credential in 2006. He is one of the few who have kept the certification for these last 15 years. “I’m excited to still be involved 15 years later and proud to have been in that first class. I felt very […]

Wielding the A300 Standards as a Shield

When I first sat down to breeze through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Tree, Shrub, and Other Woody Plant Management – Standard Practices years ago, my initial reaction was how self-evident the requirements were. Before I opened these documents, I was expecting to learn new sage advice about professional practice. But now I know […]

CTSP Safety Tools and Concepts Still Useful 15 Years Later

Eric Wilson, director of environmental health & safety for Monarch Landscape Companies, a five-year TCIA member company headquartered in Los Angeles, California, graduated from TCIA’s CTSP (Certified Treecare Safety Professional) program in July 2006. That makes him one of the first to obtain the credential, and he has maintained it all these 15 years. “I […]

Who Is Your Next Crew Leader?

Being a crew leader is the gateway to leadership in the blue-collar world. It takes many different skills. There are very few natural leaders who excel at all of the qualities you need. How do we find them? We usually take a dependable, productive person and promote them. Unfortunately, too often circumstances force a promotion. […]

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