Certified Tree Care Professional FAQ's

Have a question about TCIA’s CTSP program? Consult our FAQ’s first. If your question hasn’t been addressed, please contact Peter Gerstenberger or Irina Kochurov.

Q: Do I need to be a member of TCIA to enroll in CTSP?

No! Membership is not a requirement. But TCIA members save money on enrollment and workshop costs. Learn more about what TCIA membership can do for you.

Q: What is considered assumed “safety related” experience?

Experience requirement may be satisfied by arboriculture-related or by non-arboricultural safety-related degrees and/or practical experience. The following eight experience areas from disciplines outside of arboriculture are considered “safety related”:

  • Safety & Health
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Emergency Management
  • Fire & Rescue Service
  • Security Service
  • EMS and/or advanced life-saving training and/or experience
  • Risk Management
  • Occupational Health and Environmental Sciences

Q: If I fail either of the exams, how long must I wait before I can re-test?

There is no waiting period to re-take the CTSP exam.

Q: How do I re-apply?

Information on how to reapply will automatically be forwarded to those who fail. The application fee must be resubmitted.

Q: How do I maintain my certification once I have it?

You must obtain 30 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) and submit a renewal fee every 3 years. This fee is payable every three years on the anniversary month of receiving your CTSP certification.

Q: Will I be notified that my certification is coming up for renewal?

You will be kept up to date on your certification status in several ways. CTSP CEU transcripts are sent to all CTSPs twice a year. You may request that your transcript be sent to you by fax or by email, or you may view, download and print your transcripts online.

In addition, you will be notified three months before your certification expires if you have not obtained the required CEUs.

Q: What happens if I let my CTSP certification lapse for any reason?

If you fail to accumulate the necessary contact hours or fail to pay the recertification fee when it is due, then your certification is considered void. In other words, the likeliest way to regain your CTSP status is to go through the study and examination again. You may appeal for re-certification to the CTSP Council. The Council considers appeals on a case-by-case basis.

Q: What happens if I don't have enough CEUs at the end of my certification period?

If you do not accumulate the necessary CEUs or fail to pay the recertification fee when it is due, then your certification is considered void. In other words, the likeliest way to regain your CTSP status is to go through the study and examination again. If you feel there are compelling reasons that you did not obtain CEUs or pay the fee on a timely basis, then you may appeal for re-certification to the CTSP Council. The Council considers appeals on a case-by-case basis.

Q: How long does it take to process CEUs?

CEUs take one to two weeks to be processed once they reach our office. Once they have been processed they are posted to your account and viewable online.