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With the conclusion of TCIA's last CTSP workshop (March 17-18 in New Brunswick, N.J.), the Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) reached a milestone with 500 CTSPs now throughout North America.

TCIA’s reaches 500 Certified Treecare Safety Professionals throughout North America

With the conclusion of TCIA’s last CTSP workshop (March 17-18 in New Brunswick, NJ), the Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) reached a milestone with 500 CTSPs now throughout North America. In all, the program can count 682 enrolled individuals distributed among 350 employers throughout the United States and Canada.


Congratulations to the most recent CTSPs:

Gary R. Ickes, II, CTSP
Ickes Tree Service
Silverhill
AL

Kevin Nelson, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Benson
AZ

Mike Farley, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Victoria
BC

Gareth Tudor-Jones, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Victoria
BC

Tim Heartquist, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
San Rafael
CA

Ryan Lee, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Concord
CA

Albert Sanchez, CTSP
Ace Tree Services, Inc.
Sylmar
CA

Alfons Krivickas, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Seymour
CT

Michael C. Frederick, CTSP
Richmond Tree Experts
Kennesaw
GA

Eric Millard, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Atlanta
GA

Isau A. Rivas, CTSP
Kinnucan Tree Expert and Landscaping Company
Lake Bluff
IL

Joe Albrizio, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Beverly
MA

Lance Rickard, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Georgetown
MA

Zachary  E. Richardson, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Wittman
MD

Jonathan W. Heaton, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Montgomey Village
MD

Brett Nelson, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Grand Rapids
MI

John Peck, CTSP
Lake States Tree Service, Inc.
Grand Rapids
MN

Joshua P. Larson, CTSP
Lake States Tree Service, Inc.
Grand Rapids
MN

Matthew Reed Bass, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Minnetonka
MN

Anthony Wendland, CTSP
Urban Tree Specialists
Parkville
MO

Mike Kolcun, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Charlotte
NC

Paul Sisk, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Morrisville
NC

Lloyd L. Lisk, CTSP
Greenwood Tree Experts
Montville
NJ

Michael Hall, CTSP
Greenwood Tree Experts
Montville
NJ

Wallace Struble, CTSP
Tree King, Inc.
Landing
NJ

Jermaine Kapolka, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Georgetown
NY

Randall Towe, Jr., CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Sharonville
OH

Deborah Boyce, CTSP
Lewis Tree Service, Inc.
Youngstown
OH

Ben Hartranft, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Pittsburgh
PA

Charles Anderson, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Collingdale
PA

Paul J. Mullins, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Hanover
PA

Sean Schanbacher, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Philadelphia
PA

Steve Kenyon, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Hilton Head Island
SC

Chris Ragan, CTSP
Quality Tree Surgery, Inc.
Nashville
TN

Josh Barden, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Johnson City
TN

Jo A. Harris, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
San Marcos
TX

Matthew Pittman, CTSP
Pittman’s Tree & Landscaping, Inc.
Front Royal
VA

Bill Whited, CTSP
Pittman’s Tree & Landscaping, Inc.
Front Royal
VA

James Jones, CTSP
Pittman’s Tree & Landscaping, Inc.
Front Royal
VA

Josh Darkow, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Fredericksburg
VA

James Walker, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Scottsville
VA

Flint Anderson, CTSP
Thrive, Inc.
Reston
VA

Scott Koenig, CTSP
Pittman’s Tree & Landscaping, Inc.
Front Royal
VA

Ethan Copple, CTSP
Bartlett Tree Experts
Seattle
WA

Dan Blazer, CTSP
Buckley The Tree Care Specialists
Delafield
WI

According to TCIA, despite many commendable efforts and individual successes with safety over time, accidents continue to increase in tree care. This reputation as an industry that can’t seem to keep its workers safe is one that hurts our ability to recruit and retain employees, reduces consumer confidence in our abilities, and shrinks our profits when accidents and injuries raise our costs of doing business.


The Certified Treecare Safety Professional program was designed to address several of the challenges to safety that tree care companies face. More than a straightforward “safety trainer” credentialing program, CTSP teaches safety professionals strategies and tactics for changing the very “culture” of their organization. A Certified Treecare Safety Professional is able not only to coach his/her team in safe work practices, but also work to change attitudes about safety and motivate other employees to want to participate.


To move forward as an industry and become safer, we need more than standards and requirements, TCIA stated. Through CTSP, a culture of safety can be developed one company and one individual at a time, and as this happens, our industry will be transformed from what it is today.


If you have questions or comments, please email Peter@tcia.org.

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