Have a question about TCIA’s Accreditation
credential? Consult our FAQ’s first. If your question hasn’t been
addressed, please contact the Accreditation Department
Can anyone apply for TCIA Accreditation?
Any commercial tree care company in the United States and Canada can
apply for accreditation, but TCIA members save money on enrollment and
workshop costs. Learn more about what TCIA membership can do for you.
Where can I find the fee schedule?
The application form lists the fee schedule.
Will accreditation work for a small company too?
Yes, the program was tested with small companies. The cost of the
program is related to company size. In fact, companies with more than
one location must have each individual facility accredited and its
employees trained. This means small companies could actually have an
advantage, resulting in quicker accreditation.
How can TCIA help our company complete the program?
The Accreditation program is designed to be not only a credential that
sets your business apart, but also a helpful process that takes a look
at your company and offers suggestions.
There is a list of TCIA-approved Accreditation Auditor/Consultants
on our website. They are available for consulting to help your company
implement the accreditation program. If an auditor
consults with your company, they will not be able to audit it.
TCIA staff can answer your questions and will help any way we can over
the phone and by email. The accreditation USB drive has resources to help you
meet each item in the accreditation checklist as well.
How is the program marketed to consumers?
There are many marketing initiatives and a full marketing plan has
been developed with a marketing budget line specific for TCIA
- Your company will be listed on TCIA’s website as accredited
- Your company will be given permission to use the accreditation logo
- Your company will receive 15 free zip codes in our zip code search for consumers
- A press release from TCIA will be issued
- You will receive a marketing kit and CD
The marketing kit contains sample Accreditation decals for your truck,
equipment, and helmet decals (additional are available for purchase), a
deluxe, customized accreditation plaque for your office, and samples of
The marketing CD includes
additional press releases, various logo formats, web banners, sample
yellow-pages ads, a white paper you can customize and send to your
insurance company announcing your accreditation, a brochure for
residential clients, and a brochure for commercial clients.
is free to print as is or to customize brochures with company names and
contacts. TCIA can create and print customized brochures for you as
In addition, our website prominently features accreditation with
an accredited company search feature for consumers.
We also have outreach campaigns to municipalities and communities. The
Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA) has included TCIA accreditation as
an item in their accreditation program for municipal and community
forestry programs. They ask that preference for TCIA Accredited
companies when awarding bids be given and documented in a municipality’s
Is the Accreditation logo different from the TCIA member logo?
Yes, this is a distinct logo for consumers to identify accredited companies.