Aspiring, new and veteran crew leaders – develop and grow your leadership, communication, and personnel management skills. Learn how to apply them to strengthen your team by earning the Crew Leader Qualification.

Why earn the Crew Leader Qualification?

The crew leader has a critical role in the arboricultural industry. By earning the Crew Leader Qualification, you prove that you have learned enhanced leadership skills necessary to do the job, and do it well.

  • Employees: Earning the crew leader qualification provides a set of skills that allows continued growth and development in leadership and personnel management. It is also a formal recognition of professional achievement.

  • Employers and supervisors: The qualification will ensure that an employee has received training and been assessed in certain critical crew leader skills and has successfully demonstrated satisfactory achievement.

Who should become Qualified Crew Leaders?

Those currently working as crew leaders, individuals supervising crew leaders, and individuals working toward becoming crew leaders.

Here is how you become a Qualified Crew Leader:


TCIA has completely redesigned the Tree Care Academy (TCA) Crew Leader Program! Also available in Spanish.

Become a Crew Leader Specialist

The new TCA Crew Leader Specialist online course is a self-paced training program that results in a Crew Leader Specialist certificate of completion valid for 3 years. This course is recommended to prepare for the TCA Crew Leader Qualification online class and workshop.

Crew Leader Specialist is specific to training and assessing the knowledge and skills that are important in the effective leadership of a tree care crew. This self-paced course blends online learning with self-assessment, reflection, and other activities, encouraging you to evaluate yourself as a leader and identify your areas for improvement.


Elevate Your Skills and Become a Qualified Crew Leader

The new TCA Crew Leader Qualification online class is a cohort-based training program that fosters learning amongst a group of peers under the direction of a TCIA Qualified Trainer. This class culminates in a virtual workshop and proctored exam. Successful completion of the program results in the TCA Qualified Crew Leader credential, which does not expire.

The TCA Crew Leader Qualification class and workshop review topics from the Crew Leader Specialist course while diving in with a deeper level of engagement and assessment in an online class setting to train and assess the knowledge and skills that are important in the effective leadership of a tree care crew. This cohort-based class blends online learning with discussions, demonstrations, timely feedback, and opportunities to collaborate and engage with your peers as you grow as leaders together. This class culminates in a virtual workshop, where a TCIA Qualified Trainer will dive deeper into the topics covered in the material through activities that will elevate your skills as a crew leader.


  1. Successfully complete the requirements of the TCA Crew Leader Qualification online class.
  2. Receive results and badge of completion.
  3. The link to attend the virtual workshop will be provided once the requirements have been met.

Continue building your crew leader skills by attending a Crew Leader Qualification workshop.

The one-day virtual workshop is highly interactive and includes activities to help participants learn or hone leadership skills. Topics and activities include communicating with clients, creating, and maintaining the professionalism of your crew, motivating crew members, training crew members, and dealing with conflicts, including clients and crew members.

There is an exam after the workshop. You must pass the exam to earn your Crew Leader Qualification. Satisfactory completion of the class, workshop, and exam will result in ISA and CTSP CEUs.

Crew Leader Qualification Class and Workshop Coming Soon!

Lead Crew Leader Qualification

Crew leaders are an integral part of high-performing teams.

The Crew Leader Qualification is an advanced employer credentialing program that can help lower injuries, increase productivity and save money. It’s also a great way to verify that OSHA and ANSI Z133 required training has been performed and helps to identify motivated employees for future promotions.

Call TCIA at 800-733-2622 to learn more about the Crew Leader Qualification.