Educational Programs

TCIA’s safety educational programs seek to provide tree care companies with the tools and information needed to improve safety and professionalism on the jobsite while complying with OSHA and ANSI requirements. These programs are designed and written by arborists and are full of useful information specific to running a tree care business.

TAILGATE SAFETY

When you absolutely need to conduct safety training with limited time disruption to your company, TCIA’s Tailgate Safety Program is the training program for you.

Tailgate training is a brief, informal and informative lesson given at a job site. It generally involves some simple props and may be targeted to the job on tap for the day. Although it requires only a small amount of time, Tailgate training has proven to be highly effective.

Endorsed by experts, the TCIA Tailgate Safety Program facilitates and enhances your training effort. Additionally, because OSHA requires employers to document that they provide safety training, the TCIA Tailgate Program provides for training documentation.

The current edition of the TCIA Tailgate Safety manual has been updated and re-organized to maximize ease of use, featuring 85 sessions covering workplace scenarios likely to cause harm. Each session includes trainer instructions, reproducible handouts and quick comprehension tests that can be used for OSHA safety training documentation.

Benefits to TCIA’s Tailgate Safety Program: 

  • Convenient, quick, on-the-job lessons 
  • Flexibility - Deliver the lessons you need, when you need them 
  • Cost-effective - One program covers any number of employees 
  • Comprehensive education, with 80 different sessions
  • Worth 21.5 ISA CEUs and 21.5 CTSP CEUs
  • Available in both English and Spanish

At a cost of less than $2 per lesson, Tailgate Safety is an affordable way to bring needed safety training and awareness to your crew. Available for purchase in English and Spanish in traditional book format.

 

Best Practices for Crane Use in Arboriculture

This manual from TCIA combines technical knowledge and industry standards of crane use in tree care and demonstrates important methods for safe crane/tree operations.  Combining best practices from professional crane operators and arborists who use cranes, it provides an overview of site selection, set up, weight calculations, communications, rigging procedures, safe operations and regulations for tree care workers utilizing a crane to remove trees.

Going beyond basic tree/crane industry standards, Best Practices for Crane Use in Arboriculture covers important “how-to’s and illustrates the fundamental principles of crane use. Included is a comprehensive, pull-out green log weight chart printed on sturdy card stock and formatted for easy reference.

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Best Practices for Rigging in Arboriculture

With the book in hand I'm confident I could have a new climber read the book and have them acquire a good, basic understanding of rigging.” - Tom Dunlap, CTSP, St. Edwards University

This manual from TCIA assists arborists of all abilities in making educated choices regarding safe and effective rigging methods.Many illustrations, photos and diagrams are used to facilitate learning. With extensive contributions from professional arborists throughout the tree care industry, this manual looks at hazard tree inspection, rigging methods, equipment, forces and friction, crew safety, and more. Sample lists of acceptable rigging equipment will assist qualified arborists with their equipment choices for individual tree removal sites. Available in English and Spanish.

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Best Practices for SRT in Arboriculture

Single Rope Technique, or SRT, is an increasingly popular method for ascending into, and in some cases maneuvering through and working in a tree’s canopy. The technique offers greater efficiency, better ergonomics and less wasted energy when compared to traditional methods of ascension. Best Practices for SRT in Arboriculture is now in its second Edition. This latest edition includes updated photos as well as a printed and digital (CD) directory of SRT-compatible climbing equipment and equipment suppliers. Its technical information covers a wide array of proven SRT equipment and technique, and emphasizes climber safety when using SRT systems.

These Best Practices products are intended to be used as companions to ANSI Z133 standards.

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Illness and Injury Prevention Program

An effective program is vital to the profitability, professionalism, and success of your company. TCIA’s Illness & Injury Prevention Program will give you the necessary policies and procedures to develop a comprehensive and effective program of your own.

The Illness & Injury Prevention Program includes:

  • Comprehensive safety program checklist and detailed instructions
  • State-specific online resources
  • Boilerplate company policy and procedure language, in English and Spanish, that you can customize to your needs
  • More than 20 customizable forms in English and Spanish
  • Copy of the ANSI Z133 Safety standard

This written safety program won’t just help you make strides towards a more effective safety program, it will ensure employee accountability and also demonstrate compliance in case OSHA shows up.

And did you know that the Illness and Injury Prevention Program is one the best kept secrets that help Certified Treecare Safety Professionals (CTSP’s) build and refine their safety programs?

Make strides towards a more effective safety program and begin benchmarking your progress--purchase TCIA’s Illness & Injury Prevention Program today.

 

TCI PRO ARBORIST SERIES

The TCI Pro Arborist series is derived from hundreds of articles previously published in TCI Magazine, the tree care industry’s leading publication. Articles in each volume were carefully selected for their timeliness and educational content, and are accompanied by comprehension quizzes that can be used to earn continuing education units (CEUs) for a variety of industry certifications*. Each volume discusses a variety of topics ranging from climber and crew safety to plant health and fertilization.

Read more about each volume below:

TCI Pro Arborist Series VOL 1 – Climber Safety
Teaches the subjects of aerial rescue, rigging, climbing palms, load forces of climbing and more. Earn up to 11 ISA and CTSP CEUs

TCI Pro Arborist Series VOL 2 – PHC and IPM
Emphasizes the principles and components of PHC including tree diagnostics, pest detection and treatment and equipment and procedures. Earn up to 7.5 ISA CEUs

TCI Pro Arborist Series VOL 3 – Crew Safety
Provides guidance on how to stay safe and healthy on the job, and covers topics such as choosing the right saw for the job, good arborist ergonomics and common chipper accidents. Earn up to 9.75 ISA and CTSP CEUs

TCI Pro Arborist Series VOL 4 – Soil Management Fertilization
Presents Soil Management ideas and information relevant to every plant health care provider. This collection of articles presents Soil Management ideas and information relevant to every plant health care provider. Divided into three topic sections, the Pro Arborist volume covers fertilizers and nutrition, soil structure and management, and soil biology. Earn up to 8.25 ISA CEUs

TCI Pro Arborist Series VOL 5 Safety Management and Loss Prevention
This compilation of 13 educational articles focus on safety program management and loss prevention measures. Earn up to 8.5 ISA and CTSP CEUs


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*Exam packs must be purchased separately.

In Development for 2013:

VOL 6 – Tree Management with ANSI Standards
VOL 7  – Insect and Disease Pests
VOL 8 – Safety Leadership
VOL 9 – Utility Pruning, ROW and IVM