“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:
- 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.
The CTSP process
Enrollment in the CTSP program requires completion of critical thinking exercise, workshop attendance and an exam.
The CTSP Recertification Process
To maintain CTSP, candidates must obtain 30 CEUs during their three year recertification period.
If you have questions or would like more information about the CTSP program, contact Peter Gerstenberger (Sr. Advisor for Safety, Standards & Compliance) or Irina Kochurov (Credentialing Administrator).
Download the CTSP Information PDF