What is TCIA doing in response to COVID-19?

 

Update: This letter was sent by David White to our members on March 16, 2020. Since then, TCIA has been making further changes to better serve our members, and our community. Learn more about what TCIA is doing.

TCIA Covid-19 Update

TCIA remains committed to our mission of advancing tree care businesses. These extraordinary times demand that we find new ways to serve our members. 
We continue to represent the industry in Washington, both to keep you informed of the latest developments and to urge policymakers to make decisions that recognize the important work and challenges of tree care businesses like yours.

Unfortunately, we cannot maintain “business as usual” on every front. Beginning today, all TCIA staff will be working remotely to the largest extent possible. We will do our utmost to continue to provide you with the member support that you deserve and ask for your patience and understanding with any delays you may experience. We will also be taking the following steps:

  • Executive Arborist Workshop

The April Executive Arborist Workshop in Milwaukee, WI has been postponed to November 11-13, 2020.

The June Executive Arborist Workshop in Dallas, TX is still scheduled to run as planned.

  • TCIA Staff Travel

TCIA staff are pausing all travel between now and May 15.

  • CTSP workshops:

TCIA, working in conjunction with our trainers, is postponing the following CTSP workshops:  March 24 in Chicago, IL; March 31 in Westminster, MD; and April 7 in Windsor, CT. New dates will be determined once we have more clarity on the Covid-19 situation. We are also working with our training partners to offer an online CTSP workshop series. Registrants of the three postponed workshops will be given first priority to reschedule into the online CTSP workshop series.  Those who do not wish to reschedule will be given full refunds.

Currently, we are still planning to hold the April 22 CTSP workshop in Arcadia, CA.

  • CTSP certification and recertification deadlines:

We are modifying our extension policies. Any CTSP enrollee or current CTSP whose certification orrecertification deadline is due March 16th through July 16th will be offered a free six-month extension. 

  • EHAP certificate deadlines:  

We are extending the EHAP renewal period deadline to six months, for those affected by the Covid-19 situation.

  • TCIA Accreditation:  

TCIA is working with our auditors to set up virtual Accreditation and Loss Control visits forAccredited companies and ArborMAX insureds.

 

While these are severe measures, they are necessary to maintain the safety and well-being of our staff and our members while doing our part to limit the spread of this virus.  We encourage you to check out our website for additional updates as they occur. In the meantime, please take care of yourselves, your families, and your employees as we all look forward to a return to normalcy.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if we can be of assistance.

Be well,

Dave White, CAE
President & CEO
Tree Care Industry Association