Though it seems too soon, another summer is drawing to a close. Days are gradually becoming shorter, the air cooler, and kids are headed back to school. Now is a good time to consider what classes or seminars you could benefit from. Education is a life-long process, and in an industry that changes as swiftly and often as the tree care industry, staying on top of the latest information is critical. Whether you’re veteran tree pro or a green industry greenhorn, there is a tree care course that’s right for you. Fortunately, when it comes to arborist education, there are a plethora of options, from hands-on instruction, to lectures to online opportunities.

Association conferences offer the chance to attend a variety of workshops in a central location. This year’s Tree Care Industry Expo, which will be in Hartford, Conn., November 3-5, will offer a chance to earn education credits through a variety of seminars covering diverse topics, including crane safety, business practices, tree pest identification, pruning and more. In next month’s issue we’ll feature our annual Tree Care Industry Expo Preview, including a full seminar schedule and an exhibitor list to help you navigate the trade show floor.

In this issue we’ve got a preview of the Ohio Forestry Association’s Paul Bunyan Show (page 10) happening October 7-9 in Ohio. At this show you’ll get a chance to attend classes on arborist climbing techniques, precision tree felling and chain saw maintenance, to name a few.

The International Society of Arboriculture offers a wide range of educational sessions at their annual conference and trade show, but they also provide many opportunities year round. Regional chapters host smaller workshops covering tree care topics specific to that geographic area and there are also assorted national workshops held throughout the year. The ISA also offers education credits through podcasts on its site and plans to launch an Online Learning Center later this year.

There are also a number of private companies specializing in tree crew training. North American Training Solutions offers training, educational seminars and certification for arborists. In addition to general workshops and seminars, they can also develop customized programs specifically for your staff and perform the training on-site.

I hope you enjoy the last few days of summer, and remember: never stop learning.

Katie Meyers