Apprenticeship Journeyworker Qualification

A journeyworker is an individual that possesses a Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship issued by the US Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship.  The Arborist Apprenticeship is a new program and requires the establishment of journeyworkers.  TCIA requests employers to self-identify individuals that meet the qualifications of a journeyworker.  The journeyworker should have significant experience with the ability to teach an Arborist Apprentice in the work processes described in the On-the-Job Learning page.

Employers should carefully examine the qualifications of individuals to serve as journeyworkers.  While this list does not include all possible types of work experience, certifications or credentials, it is a starting point for qualifying journeyworkers.  Examples of training which would qualify an experienced member of your staff to be a journeyworker without a Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship issued by the US Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship include:

  1. Certificate of completion any of the following TCIA Tree Care Academy training programs:
    • Tree Care Apprentice
    • Ground Operations Specialist
    • Tree Climber Specialist
    • Chain Saw Specialist
    • Chipper Operator Specialist
  2. ISA Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist®
  3. TCIA Certified Tree Care Safety Professional (CTSP)
  4. TCIA Electrical Hazards Awareness Program certificate of completion

The journeyworker should also possess the ability to mentor and train others, demonstrate a strong work ethic and pass the organization’s culture to the next generation of arborists.