Yes, the program was tested with small companies. The cost of the program is related to company size. In fact, companies with more than one location must have each individual facility accredited and its employees trained. This means small companies could actually have an advantage, resulting in quicker accreditation.
The Accreditation program is designed to be not only a credential that sets your business apart, but also a helpful process that takes a look at your company and offers suggestions.
There is a list of TCIA-approved Accreditation Auditor/Consultants on our website. They are available for consulting to help your company implement the accreditation program. If an auditor consults with your company, they will not be able to audit it.
TCIA staff will help any way we can over the phone and by email. The Accreditation Community has resources to help you meet each item in the accreditation checklist as well.
There are many marketing initiatives and a full marketing plan has been developed with a marketing budget line specific for TCIA Accreditation.
Your company will be listed on TCIA’s website as accredited
Your company will be given permission to use the accreditation logo
You will receive a marketing kit
The marketing kit contains sample Accreditation decals for your truck, equipment, and helmet decals (additional are available for purchase), a deluxe, customized accreditation plaque for your office, and samples of our accreditation.
In addition, our website prominently features accreditation with an accredited company search feature for consumers.
We also have outreach campaigns to municipalities and communities. The Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA) has included TCIA accreditation as an item in their accreditation program for municipal and community forestry programs. They ask that preference for TCIA Accredited companies when awarding bids be given and documented in a municipality’s forestry plan.
Only those individuals, or companies with employees who hold valid certificates for a given program are allowed to advertise affiliation with these programs. TCIA does not provide or encourage advertising of the program logos, however displays of valid certificates and wallets cards as well as depictions of helmets decals and uniform patches in photos of individuals and employees is permitted.