Virtual CTSP Certification Workshops

We’re excited to have our CTSP workshops be more accessible than ever before with the new virtual format! So far we’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from our attendees.

“Yesterday’s virtual workshop went great! The computer program was very user friendly and worked very well. The instructor was very well prepared and the material extremely relevant to our work. The tips and techniques that I learned yesterday will change how I teach! At first, I was worried about a virtual format but after going through the course it was almost like a regular conference. Overall it was very informative and a great learning experience”.
- Nick Palladino, Lucas Tree Experts

Certified Treecare Safety Professional

TCIA’s Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) program is the only safety credentialing program in the industry and is designed to address several of the safety challenges that tree care companies face.

The ideal CTSP shares attributes of a coach, including:

  • Good communication skills
  • Strong instructional skills
  • Model behavior that leads to a safer work environment
Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) program

Eligibility Requirements

To become eligible for the Certified Treecare Safety Professional program, you must meet at least one of following requirements: 

  • Three years’ of technical field experience in tree care with at least one year of assumed responsibility for safety (i.e., crew leader, trainer, safety committee member, emergency responder, certified CPR/first aid provider, etc.)
  • Six months’ technical field experience in arboriculture and one year in a professional safety position
  • Two- or four-year degree in Arboriculture, Forestry, Ornamental/Environmental Horticulture, Natural Resources, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety or other related field with an internship that provided technical field experience

Municipal and Utility Arborists: 
Because your employers are ineligible for TCIA membership, the CTSP program extends TCIA member pricing to you for enrollment and certification workshops as a professional courtesy.

Please call 800-733-2622 for details.



A CTSP does more than simply educate a team in safe work practices. As a safety “coach,” a CTSP works to develop and nurture a safe work environment in four key areas:

  • Leadership
  • Hazard identification
  • Incident control and prevention
  • Adult learning

This program provides you with a well-rounded education in safety concepts, plus the tools needed to effectively communicate on the job site.


Safety programs are a small investment in the longevity and profitability of your business. Having a CTSP on staff will help:

  • Increase production and reduce time lost to employee injuries and accidents
  • Favorable perception by insurers and regulatory entities for taking proactive safety measures
  • Market your safety commitment to potential and current customers

“Safety is not a component of this certification, it is the certification.”
- John Ball, CTSP

The CTSP Process

  1. Enroll
    Candidates should first fill out the CTSP Enrollment Application and return to TCIA (fax or mail) with the enrollment fee.

    TCIA will review the application and if approved, you will have 18 months in which to complete the remaining CTSP requirements and certification process.
  2. Prepare
    Once enrolled, the candidate will receive the CTSP Study Guide with Critical Thinking Exercises. Designed to build your skills and knowledge of Safety Management, these must be completed and submitted to TCIA. They will be reviewed, but not graded.
  3. Participate + Certify
    Candidates will attend an Advanced Safety/Behavioral Workshop, which will cover teaching safety concepts, plus help candidates’ develop a coaching style based on their own company’s needs.

    We are currently hosting virtual workshops only until further notice

    The Virtual Workshop is comprised of One Day - Three, 2-hour segments with Two One-hour Breaks. Multiple workshops are held throughout the year. See schedule below.

    The CTSP virtual exam
    will be proctored online using the ProctorFree software.
  4. If you do not pass the exam, you are allowed two retakes.
    The exam will be proctored online using the ProctorFree software. Fill out the Proctored Registration Form and submit to TCIA to schedule the exam.
  5. Maintain + Renew Your CTSP
    CTSP’s must always be developing their knowledge and expertise in safety through constant learning and growth, teaching others, the implementation of CTSP’s teachings, and through contributing to the intellectual property of the CTSP program. To maintain CTSP, candidates must also obtain 30 CEUs during their three year recertification period and submit a renewal fee every three years.

Upcoming Workshops

Policy for TCIA events during and after the COVID-19 outbreak:
TCIA will be following all local safety guidelines and protocols for our upcoming scheduled events. Protocols will be determined using criteria from the CDC, the National Government, and Local Governments. If an event is to be canceled, it will be done one month prior to the event. This policy is subject to change as any new information is gathered by TCIA.

CTSP Resources