Need help with your tree care project? Hiring a professional tree care company is the best way to ensure that the job gets done correctly and efficiently.
Why do I need a qualified Tree Care Company?
It is hard to imagine a world without the cool comfort of shade trees in your back yard, without the gentle sound of wind blowing through the leaves on a summer day, and without majestic, healthy trees for your children and grandchildren to play under.
By caring for your trees and shrubs, TCIA Accredited tree care companies provide expert treatment and maintenance of the essential elements on your property. Adding value and beauty to your home, they also help protect you and your family from bodily injury or property damage. Trees with defects such as cracked limbs and trunks, decayed limbs and trunks, and decayed or damaged root systems may not only look unpleasant but are dangerous too.
Accredited tree care companies employ well-trained staff in arboriculture and the proper methods to keep trees and shrubs healthy. They can identify diseases and pests that threaten the well-being of trees and shrubs as well as defects that could cause harm. Sometimes these defects are hidden inside the trunk, root system, or high in the crown, requiring a tree expert to recognize all the possible hazards.
TCIA Accreditation is a consumer confidence program administered by the Tree Care Industry Association – America’s oldest and most respected tree care trade association. The TCIA Accreditation program is built on the threefold foundation of ethics, quality, and tree care company confidence. Since 1938, the Tree Care Industry Association has been conducting educational programs, creating standards, and best business practices to help tree care companies provide the highest levels of service to homeowners.
The TCIA Accreditation program is a voluntary program that credentials companies who meet stringent criteria for professionalism, employee training, state and federal safety regulations, business ethics, and customer satisfaction. Businesses undergo a comprehensive in-person audit of professional and business practices aimed at safeguarding consumers and is the only business practices and compliance audit program for tree care companies in America.
What is the difference Between Certifications and Accreditation?
Arborist Certification is a process by which individual practitioners are tested to demonstrate a certain standard of tree care knowledge. Professional certification is a voluntary process that recognizes an individual who has met specific qualifications. It is important to remember that certification only sets a threshold of required knowledge, not the ceiling and that professionals can practice tree care without being certified. Some states require licensing of arborists, which is not the same as certification and is not voluntary.
TCIA Accreditation checks to see that businesses in these states hold the proper licenses. TCIA Accreditation is also a voluntary process, but it evaluates entire businesses to ensure that professional practices and standards are met by all employees that work on your property. While certification attests to the fact that an individual practitioner has an acceptable level of skill or proficiency, only the process of accreditation looks at the overall way a company conducts business.
What Consumer Safeguards are Built into TCIA Accreditation?
Companies accredited by TCIA are required to provide documented proof in many areas that protect consumers. Even tree care sales personnel must be trained to a level of technical proficiency equivalent to TCIA’s Tree Care Specialist credential. This training includes tree biology, pruning standards, transplanting, tree disease and injury diagnosis, construction injury prevention, safety, soil science, and disease and pest control.
When you hire an accredited tree care company, you can rest assured that TCIA has checked for proper insurance, applicable business and pesticide licenses, and customer service that is reliable and ethical. Accredited companies follow the BBB advertising codes, such as: “Whenever a price is mentioned in advertising, any extra charges should also be disclosed in immediate conjunction with the price;” and “Advertisements which are untrue, misleading, deceptive, fraudulent, falsely disparaging of competitors, or insincere offers to sell, shall not be used.”
Earning a TCIA Accreditation Seal Means Excellence In:
- Consumer Satisfaction
- Best Business Practices
- Business Ethics
- Employee Training
- Industry Standards
- Arborist Certification
- Insurance Coverage
- Work Estimates & Specifications