Workforce & Training

Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop

How Important Is Documented, Up-to-Date Training?

If a safe workforce was a three-legged stool, one of those legs would have to be competency development. The other two legs are a right-minded workforce and safe tools and equipment. In this article, we’ll focus on competency development. Competency development Some people might call this first leg “training,” but since the desired outcome of […]

Joe Tommasi, left, speaks with Peter Gerstenberger

Joe Tommasi Awarded Emeritus Status for CTSP Credential

Joseph Tommasi was one of the first tree workers to enroll in the Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) program when TCIA first offered the credential in 2006. “It got my curiosity,” Tommasi says to explain why he originally pursued the credential. “And there’s something to say for TCIA, and before that when it was the […]

Apprentice Ryan Mack makes a pruning cut

Apprenticeship Program: Invest in Your Team and They Will Invest in You

Mike Earl, owner of Old Growth Tree Service LLC, an eight-year TCIA member company based in Eagle, Colorado, says he loves the Registered Arborist Apprenticeship Program. His first arborist apprentice, Ryan Mack, will soon complete his U. S. Department of Labor (USDOL) journeyworker certificate. Based on that success, Earl has another apprentice lined up and […]

Mark Synott

Premiering This Year at TCI EXPO: Main-Stage Sessions at the Ferrara Theatre!

We will be featuring some exciting story-telling sessions with some extraordinary takes on the tree care industry in the 1,500-seat Ferrara Theatre at the America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri, during TCI EXPO ’23. TCI EXPO ’23 will be held November 16-18, with Pre-Conference workshops on November 15. Sessions range from a keynote speaker with […]

A-Plus Tree Service

Having a Plan, Not Just Winging It

Brandon Bogus, owner of A-Plus Tree Service, an eight-year TCIA member company based in Fremont, Nebraska, earned TCIA’s Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) credential a few years ago. As a result, “I am more competent and confident when training my employees,” he says. “It’s a matter of being more prepared, instead of just winging it, […]

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