Accidents involving brush chippers are a significant concern for tree care and landscape employers, the employees who operate the equipment and manufacturers alike.
With support from Altec Industries, Bandit Industries, Morbark Inc. and Vermeer Corporation, TCIA has created the Chipper Operator Specialist credentialing program.
Strong anecdotal information from the field tells us that chipper operators receive little or no formal training on chipper operation and field maintenance. TCIA’s Tree Care Academy Chipper Operator Specialist training program is designed to train tree care employees in hazards, as well as accepted practices for brush chipper operation and other associated tasks. The training program, built for crew members who often do not receive formal training opportunities, will increase employee involvement with overall safety compliance and self-policing.
The course covers:
- Hazard awareness
- Procedures for hooking up, transporting, setting up, operating and maintaining a chipper
CEUs: 2 ISA CEUs / 2 CTSP CEUs
Interested workers should stay tuned for workshops in their area. Visit our Training Center for a complete list of upcoming workshops.
Once a candidate has completed the workshop and gone through the Chipper Operator Specialist manual, TCIA will grade the exam and issue a certificate of completion, as well as a laminated wallet card, arm patch and helmet decal.
Candidates’ transcripts are maintained in the TCIA database, and they receive on-demand notification of transcript status via TCIA’s toll free number.
Use the checklist and optional “permit” form provided in the Chipper Operator Specialist manual to verify and document that the enrollee has learned the required skills to run specific chippers.
$34.99 for TCIA members ($49.99 for non-members). Fee includes the Chipper Operator Specialist manual and program enrollment;
- Test correction by TCIA
- Transcript storage in TCIA database
- Helmet Decal, Certificate, Wallet Card upon completion
After your employees become Chipper Operator Specialists, they can go on to the following training course if appropriate for their job:
PHC Technician/Home Study II
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