COS training helps arborists diversify into the workforce

“This start-up program results in reduced on-the-job training time requirements, higher production rates, lower incident rates and better employee retention,” TRC said in the press release. .

The course lasts only five weeks and offers 200 hours of hands-on field experience. The quick turnaround of interns will allow them to get a head start on job applications and will also propel them into a job market that is facing unprecedented shortages, according to the press release. The TRC brought its first-ever cohort of arborists into the training program in January 2021. Romero was among those trained in the first cohort. Since then, the program reached its 10th cohort this year on September 22 and is now accepting applications for Spring 2023.

“I can come into the industry with knowledge that isn’t always so well covered in the field,” Romero said. “Helping in classes allows me to deepen my knowledge and understanding of the industry and to provide assistance where needed.”

The training will not only certify clearing participants, but will also give participants an OSHA 10 certificate, American Heart Association certificate, Heartsaver First aid and CPR, and National Safety Council Flagger certificate.

Michael A. Bynum