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 […]

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, […]

Skilled Trades Career Fairs:

Gateways to Talent for Tree Care Businesses The tree care industry, like other skilled trades, requires a workforce with practical expertise, technical knowledge and a priority for safety. The tree care industry, especially, faces challenges in finding and recruiting qualified professionals. Digital platforms have transformed recruitment, but skilled-trades career fairs are still effective for connecting […]

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