About CTSP

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

Despite many commendable efforts and individual successes with safety over time, accidents continue to increase in the tree care industry. This hurts our ability to recruit and retain employees, reduces consumer confidence in our abilities, and shrinks our profits when accidents and injuries raise our costs of doing business.

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

More than a straightforward "safety trainer" credentialing program, CTSP teaches safety professionals strategies and tactics for changing the very culture of their organization. A CTSP acts as a safety “coach,” working to develop and nurture a culture of safety.  The program provides the CTSP with a well-rounded education in safety concepts, plus the tools to effectively communicate these concepts.

The CTSP coursework enhances candidates' skills in four key areas:

  • leadership
  • hazard control and prevention
  • incident control and prevention
  • adult learning

To move forward and become safer, we need to move beyond standards and requirements and towards an industry-wide commitment to a culture of safety. Through CTSP, a culture of safety can be developed one company and one individual at a time, and as this happens, our industry will be transformed from what it is today.


A CTSP does more than simply educate his/her team in safe work practices. Learn all about the benefits to both employers and the CTSP.

The CTSP process

Enrollment in the CTSP program requires completion of critical thinking exercise, workshop attendance and an exam. Learn more about becoming a CTSP.

The CTSP Recertification Process

To maintain CTSP, candidates must obtain 30 CEUs during their three year recertification period. Learn more about recertification.



Find out what current CTSPs have to say.

CTSP Stories

Learn more about the CTSP program straight from the mouths of our CTSPs. Read their stories.

Contact/Request Information

If you have questions or would like more information about the CTSP program, contact Peter Gerstenberger or Irina Kochurov.