New Utility Contractor Accreditation Pilot Program

7/18/2012

The Tree Care Industry Association has introduced a Utility Contractor Accreditation pilot program for commercial right-of-way (ROW) vegetation management/utility line clearance contractors.

The TCIA Accreditation program is a comprehensive credential awarded to a company. Divisions or regions within a company may also earn the credential, which is based on a high standard of best-business, tree-management, and safety practices. This is verified by way of on-site inspections performed by qualified, independent industry contractors, trained and approved by TCIA.

The Utility Contractor Accreditation Program, like the established Residential/Commercial TCIA Accreditation program, is designed to help ROW and utility companies improve themselves and become model tree service companies. It also gives those companies that are already doing everything right a third-party credential to prove it.

The Utility Contractor Accreditation pilot program was established to test the validity of the Utility Contractor Accreditation checklist and standard. The standard will then be finalized by the Utility Contractor Accreditation Council, the body that oversees the program.

Once the Utility Contractor Accreditation pilot program is finished, pilot program companies that successfully completed the process may be accredited. Contact Charlie Tentas at 800-733-2622 to learn more about the Utility Contractor Accreditation pilot program.