Virtual CTSP Certification Workshops

We’re excited to have our CTSP workshops be more accessible than ever before with the new virtual format! So far we have received a lot of positive feedback from our attendees.

“Yesterday’s virtual workshop went great! The computer program was very user friendly and worked very well. The instructor was very well prepared and the material extremely relevant to our work. The tips and techniques that I learned yesterday will change how I teach! At first, I was worried about a virtual format but after going through the course it was almost like a regular conference. Overall it was very informative and a great learning experience”.
- Nick Palladino, Lucas Tree Experts

Certified Treecare Safety Professional

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

The ideal CTSP shares attributes of a coach, including:

  • Good communication skills
  • Strong instructional skills
  • Model behavior that leads to a safer work environment
Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) program

Eligibility Requirements

To become eligible for the Certified Treecare Safety Professional program, you must meet at least one of following requirements:

  • Three years’ of technical field experience in tree care with at least one year of assumed responsibility for safety (i.e., crew leader, trainer, safety committee member, emergency responder, certified CPR/first aid provider, etc.)
  • Six months’ technical field experience in arboriculture and one year in a professional safety position in another industry, such as construction, industrial fire rescue, etc.
  • Two- or four-year degree in Arboriculture, Forestry, Ornamental/Environmental Horticulture, Natural Resources, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety or other related field with at least a 6-month internship that provided technical field experience in tree care.

Municipal and Utility Arborists:
Because your employers are ineligible for TCIA membership, the CTSP program extends TCIA member pricing to you for enrollment and certification workshops as a professional courtesy.

Please call 800-733-2622 for details.



A CTSP does more than simply educate a team in safe work practices. As a safety “coach,” a CTSP works to develop and nurture a safe work environment in four key areas:

  • Leadership
  • Hazard identification
  • Incident control and prevention
  • Adult learning

This program provides you with a well-rounded education in safety concepts, plus the tools needed to effectively communicate on the job site.


Safety programs are a small investment in the longevity and profitability of your business. Having a CTSP on staff will help:

  • Increase production and reduce time lost to employee injuries and accidents
  • Favorable perception by insurers and regulatory entities for taking proactive safety measures
  • Market your safety commitment to potential and current customers

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

Contact CTSP staff

The CTSP Process

It's important to know that earning the CTSP credential involves Three Steps below:

  1. Enroll
    Candidates should first log into TCIA website using the "SIGN IN" link located on the top, then return to this page and click "ENROLL INTO CTSP" button below to complete the Enrollment Application.


      TCIA Member Non-Member
    Enrollment Fee   $60  $170
    Study Guide plus Z133 Safety manual  $100  $150
    S & H  $13.50  $13.50
    Total Enrollment Fees:  $173.50  $333.50

    TCIA will review the application and if approved, you will receive an email to purchase the enrollment and have 18 months in which to complete the remaining CTSP requirements and certification process.

    If you have not yet earned your CTSP credential and your 18 months enrollment period is almost over, CLICK HERE to download a 6-month enrollment extension form.
  2. Prepare
    Once enrolled, the candidate will receive the CTSP Study Guide with instructions on how to complete the homework assignments (Critical Thinking Exercises). CTEs are designed to build your skills and knowledge of Safety Management, these must be completed and submitted to TCIA using the Brightspace platform. They will be reviewed, but not graded.
  1. Participate + Certify
    Candidates will attend an Advanced Safety/Behavioral Workshop, which will cover teaching safety concepts, plus help candidates’ develop a coaching style based on their own company’s needs.

    We are currently hosting virtual workshops only until further notice

    The Virtual Workshop is comprised of One Day - Three, 2-hour segments with Two One-hour Breaks. Multiple workshops are held throughout the year. See schedule below.

    You must complete Two previous steps to become eligible to attend the CTSP workshop and exam.

    The CTSP virtual exam will be proctored online using the ProctorFree software.

    The Workshop Fee:
    TCIA member - $390 Early Bird; After EB deadline $430
    Non-member - $550 Early Bird: After EB deadline $565
    $50 Exam surcharge is included in the price.
  2. If you do not pass the exam, you are allowed two retakes. The exam will be proctored online using the ProctorFree software. Fill out the Proctor Registration Form and submit to TCIA to schedule the exam.
    The Exam fee - $50 per re-take
  3. Maintain + Renew Your CTSP
    CTSP’s must always be developing their knowledge and expertise in safety through constant learning and growth, teaching others, the implementation of CTSP’s teachings, and through contributing to the intellectual property of the CTSP program. To maintain CTSP, candidates must also obtain 30 CEUs during their three year recertification period and submit a renewal fee every three years.

If you have not yet earned your CTSP credential and need more time to attend the workshop and complete the exam, CLICK HERE to download the enrollment extension form.

Upcoming Workshops

TitleCityStateEvent Date
SOLD OUT CTSP Workshop - June 20, 2023Virtual 6/20/2023CTSP_V1423
SOLD OUT - CTSP Workshop - July 25, 2023Virtual 7/25/2023CTSP_V1223
SOLD OUT - CTSP Workshop - August 15, 2023Virtual 8/15/2023CTSP_V1323
SOLD OUT - CTSP Workshop - September 7, 2023Virtual 9/7/2023CTSP_V1523
CTSP Workshop - September 21, 2023Virtual 9/21/2023CTSP_V1623
CTSP Workshop - October 12, 2023Virtual 10/12/2023CTSP_V1723
CTSP Workshop - October 26, 2023Virtual 10/26/2023CTSP_V1823
Policy for TCIA events during and after the COVID-19 outbreak:
TCIA will be following all local safety guidelines and protocols for our upcoming scheduled events. Protocols will be determined using criteria from the CDC, the National Government, and Local Governments. If an event is to be canceled, it will be done one month prior to the event. This policy is subject to change as any new information is gathered by TCIA.

CTSP Resources

If you would like to submit a course for review and pre-approval of CTSP CEUs, use the request below: 

Continuing Education Provider CTSP CEUs Request