Ground Operations Specialist

Keep your ground workers motivated and trained by giving them an industry credential.  This will help you verify, according to OSHA and ANSI Z133.1 guidelines, that you have given safety training to all your employees according to their job descriptions.  It also helps to verify that your employees understand basic safety concepts required to work on the ground during tree care operations, and are qualified to work as ground workers. This course is available in both English and Spanish.

This course is open only to Tree Care Apprentices.

This course covers:

  • How to work with other crew members
  • Basic information about chain saws and chipper safety
  • How to assist climbers

CEUs: 2.25 ISA CEUs / 2.25 CTSP CEUs


Use the Ground Operations Specialist manual to help train your employees. In addition to the manual, you should include on-the-job training. The following TCIA training materials could also be used (optional):


Use the checklist provided in the Ground Operations Specialist manual to verify and document that the enrollee has learned the required skills to be considered qualified according to OSHA and ANSI Z133.1 standards.

Enrollment Fee:

Buy Program Material

$34.99 for TCIA members ($49.99 for non-members). Fee includes the Ground Operations Specialist manual.

The fee also includes:

  • Test correction by TCIA
  • Transcript storage in TCIA database
  • Helmet Decal, Certificate, Laminated Wallet Card upon completion

Continuing education:

After your employees become Ground Operations Specialists, they can continue on to one of the following training courses as appropriate for their job.

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