Credit Opportunities

In addition to MAA events, the following are industry courses and events that have been approved for MCA Credit in 2020.  Please check back to this page frequently, as items are added frequently. 

This list will always appear in chronological order with PAST EVENTS shaded in BLUE.

MTWFA 107th Annual Conference
January 7-8, 2020

Sturbridge MA
www.MassTreeWardens.org
2.0 MCA Education Credits per day of attendance.
2.0 MCA Safety Credits will be granted for two sessions on Wednesday January 8:
9-10 a.m. Pesticide Best Management Proactices talk & 11-11:50 a.m. OSHA Compliance talk. 

Sponsoring Organization Name of Event Date(s) of Event Hours of Event Location of Event Instructor(s) Event Description
Ecological Landscape Alliance

Urban Tree Symposium: The Future of the Urban Forest

2 MCA Education Credits

2/6/20

 

8:30am-4:30pm

 

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA Chris Roddick, Brooklyn Botanic Garden; David Nowalk, USDA Forest Service; Tawny Simisky, UMass Extension; William Bryant Logan, Urban Arborists Robust, resilient urban forests, support the livability of our towns and cities. How can land care professionals best nurture and care for urban trees? How do we combat the deleterious effects of increasingly developed landscapes on trees? Join ELA and THBG for a one-day symposium to learn about innovative efforts to plant, manage, protect, and preserve trees in urban and suburban settings, ensuring the survival of trees in our built environments.
UMass Extension

Principles and Fundamentals of Weed Science

2 MCA Education Credits

2/19/20

 

9 am - 2:30 pm

 

Westford Regency Hotel, Westford, MA Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist A critical first step in the development of a weed or invasive plant management program is a strong and complete understanding of several principles and fundamentals of the discipline of weed science. The session will cover the topics of weed biology, weed ecology, herbicide modes-of-action, herbicide timings and more.
Ecological Landscape Alliance

National Green Infrastructure Certification Program

2 MCA Education Credits

2/24/20 - 2/28/20

 

8:30am-5:00pm daily

 

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA Trevor Smith, LandEscapes & Certified NGICP trainer Initiated under the leadership of DC Water and the Water Environment Federation, the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program sets national certification standards for green infrastructure construction, inspection, and maintenance workers and provides instruction in all these areas. Designed to meet international best practice standards, this program provides candidates with the technical skills necessary to incorporate green infrastructure into projects successfully.

UMass Extension

 

Pollinators in Our Landscapes Conference

2 MCA Education Credits

2/26/20

 

9 am - 3:30 pm

 

Doubletree Hotel, Milford MA Dr. Anne Averill, Dr Kim Skyrm, Dr. Susannah Lerman, Dr. Lynn Adler Bringing together Green Industry professionals with professional beekeepers, researchers, and state officials who share the common goal of maintaining and encouraging pollinator health in Massachusetts. The goal of this shared day of education is not only to hear about the latest research, but also to encourage further networking between diverse groups of stakeholders who share at least one common interest: pollinator protection.

UMass Extension

 

UMass Community Tree Conference: Challenges and Opportunities for 2020: What's New in Arboriculture & Urban Forestry?

2 MCA Education Credits

3/10/20

 

8:45 am - 3:30 pm

 

UMass Amherst Ed Carpenter, North American Training Solutions; Ryan Fawcett,UMass - Amherst; Doug Johnson / Clayton Edwards, MDAR; Dave Bloniarz, USDA Forest Service; Tawny Simisky, UMass Extension Entomologist; Nick Brazee, UMass Extension Plant Pathologist This one-day conference is designed for tree care professionals, volunteers, and enthusiasts including arborists, tree wardens, urban foresters, foresters, landscape architects and shade tree committee members. This year's conference will present updates on safety (ANSI Z133 revision), pest management, research, and i-Tree as well as managing invasives in Springfield.

CCLA

Professional Education Seminar day

2 MCA Education Credits

1 MCA Safety Credit for pesticide safety talk with Martha Sylvia

3/10/20

8-4

Resort & Conference Center, Hyannis Various Full day of educational presentations for the Green Industry.

UMass Extension

 

State Regulations Pertaining to Invasive Plant Management

2 MCA Education Credits

3/18/20

 

9 am - 3:00 pm

 

Westford Regency Hotel, Westford, MA Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist While landscape and turf professionals may be knowledgeable about the state regulations that govern the type of work they normally do, regulations that govern certain aspects of invasive plant management may be different. This session covers state regulations including the Wetlands Protection Act, the Rivers Protection Act, and pesticide regulations, including those specific to right-of-ways. Part 2 of the Invasive Plant Management Certification series.

UMass Extension

 

Spring Kickoff for Landscapers: UMass Extension Landscape Education Day

2 MCA Education Credits

3/26/20

 

9 am - 3:15 pm

 

Topsfield Fairgrounds, Topsfield, MA Chalis Bird, MA Fisheries & Wildlife; Emily May, Xerces Society; Tawny Simisky, UMass Extension, Angela Madeiras, UMass Extension; an Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Sustainable landscaping uses multiple management strategies that seek to reduce negative impacts on the environment while maintaining aesthetically pleasing landscapes. Come join us to learn management strategies and practices that you can implement to provide beautiful, functional and environmentally friendly landscapes for your customers.

UMass Extension

 

The Invasive Plant Issue and Invasive Plant Identification

2 MCA Education Credits

4/1/20

 

9 am - 2:00 pm

 

Westford Regency Hotel, Westford, MA Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist An overview of the topic of invasive plants, focusing on why we should be concerned about them and enhancing your ability to readily identify invasive plants as well as their look-alikes. The work of the Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group, including its strategies, recommendations, and the recently released Early Detection/Rapid Response Priority List document, will be discussed. Part 3 of the Invasive Plant Management Certification series.

UMass Extension

 

Developing an Invasive Plant Management Program

2 MCA Education Credits

4/15/20

 

9 am - 2:00 pm

 

Westford Regency Hotel, Westford, MA Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist This session will help participants develop and implement an invasive plant management program. Management tips and strategies will be discussed including herbicide selection and timing, non-chemical strategies and ways to avoid common program pitfalls. Part 4 of the Invasive Plant Management Certification series.

UMass Extension

 

Weed Walkabout

1 MCA Education Credit

5/19/20

 

3-5 pm

 

Westborough Senior Center, Westborough, MA Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist Correct weed identification and site assessment are important steps in the development of an effective weed management program for turf and landscape. Join Randy Prostak, Extension Weed Specialist, for a walk through the landscape for an up-close look at weed problems in diverse habitats.

UMass Extension

 

Weed Walkabout

1 MCA Education Credit

5/19/20

 

2-4 pm

 

Acton Arboretum, Acton, MA Nick Brazee, UMass Extension Plant Pathologist, and Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist Get some hands-on experience scouting and identifying landscape disease and weeds problems. Join Randy Prostak, Extension Weed Specialist, and Nick Brazee, Extension Plant Pathologist, for a walk through the landscape as they discuss and demonstrate how to put IPM practices to work efficiently and examine some of the most common disease and weed problems of woody ornamentals.

UMass Extension

 

Landscape Pests and Problems Walkabout: Diseases and Weeds

1 MCA Education Credit

6/4/20

 

2-4 pm

 

Acton Arboretum, Acton, MA Nick Brazee, UMass Extension Plant Pathologist, and Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist Get some hands-on experience scouting and identifying landscape disease and weeds problems. Join Randy Prostak, Extension Weed Specialist, and Nick Brazee, Extension Plant Pathologist, for a walk through the landscape as they discuss and demonstrate how to put IPM practices to work efficiently and examine some of the most common disease and weed problems of woody ornamentals.

UMass Extension

 

Ornamental Tree and Shrub ID and Insect Walk

1 MCA Education Credit

6/11/20

 

2-4 pm

 

Acton Arboretum, Acton, MA Tawny Simisky UMass Extension Entomologist, and Mandy Bayer, UMass Studying for the exam? Want some hands on experience identifying significant landscape plants to either prepare for one of the exams or to expand your palette of offerings for your clients, while also scouting for potential insect problems? Join Extension specialists for a walk around the grounds of this beautiful botanic garden with a focus on trees and shrubs with particular seasonal interest as well as insect pests that are active.

UMass Extension

 

Landscape and Forest Tree and Shrub Insects Workshop

2 MCA Education Credits

6/25/20

 

9 am - 3 pm

 

UMass Amherst Tawny Simisky UMass Extension Entomologist Gain hands-on experience with many important landscape and forest insect pests of trees and shrubs. Selected insects will include bark beetles and wood borers, pests with piercing-sucking mouthparts, defoliators, miners/leaf rollers, gall makers, and more. Lecture   reviewing the basics of diagnostic entomology will be followed by a walking tour of campus and a lab session using microscopy, giving us the opportunity for an up-close and personal view of some of these insects.

UMass Extension

 

Ornamental Tree and Shrub ID and Insect Walk

1 MCA Education Credit

9/9/20

 

2-4 pm

 

Berkshire Botanic Garden Tawny Simisky UMass Extension Entomologist, and Mandy Bayer, UMass Studying for the exam? Want some hands on experience identifying significant landscape plants to either prepare for one of the exams or to expand your palette of offerings for your clients, while also scouting for potential insect problems? Join Extension specialists for a walk around the grounds of this beautiful botanic garden with a focus on trees and shrubs with particular seasonal interest as well as insect pests that are active.

Ongoing:  Urban Forestry Webinars sponsored by UMass and MTWFA. 
You can watch these webinars live or view the archived webinars at any time.
Earn 0.5 MCA credits per webinar.

View the webcasts here:  URBAN FORESTRY TODAY

CLICK HERE for instructions on how to earn credits with these popular webinars.

Note: it is impossible to list all opportunities.  MCAs are encouraged to check the websites of allied organizations.  Some allied organizations are linked below.  

MA Department of Conservation & Recreation
MA Tree Wardens and Foresters Association
New England ISA
Arnold Arboretum

If you are sponsoring an event that you'd like approved for credit, please review the information about CEU requests.