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    • Tuesday, January 30, 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • Tuesday, December 31, 2024
    • 11:59 PM
    • ZOOM Webinar
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    ONGOING PRESENTATION FOR 2024
    These new and updated webinars provide Electrical Hazard Awareness education in three 1-hour sessions. 

    All arborists must be trained to recognize and avoid electrical hazards. This on-demand webinar covers a wide range of safety-related topics essential for arborists working near energized overhead power lines, presented by the tree care industry’s leading safety expert – Dr. John Ball.

    Critical topics addressed in this webinar include:

    How electricity works

    Basic terminology

    Current standards & regulations

    Electrical hardware identification

    Hazard assessment

    Estimating nominal voltage 

    Line clearance pruning practices to reduce exposure

    Recent incidents involving tree workers & electrical conductors

    Emergency response to electrical contact incidents involving workers who are aloft

    Completion of the course satisfies one major OSHA requirement for arborists working 10 feet or closer to energized conductors.  Additional employer-verified proof of aerial rescue training and CPR/First Aid are required to fully meet OSHA’s electrical hazards awareness certification standards.

    MAA will issue a Certificate of Attendance to participants who watch the full 3-hour course and complete the follow up quiz.  Your certificate of attendance will come from the MAA office.

    CEUS:  MCA Safety Credit (2)

    GROUP VIEWING & ADMINISTRATION:  If you would like to complete the series with your team, please contact MAA for further instructions.  Discounted rates are available. Please contact the MAA for a special rate for large groups of 10 or more.

    Speaker:


    John Ball, Ph.D.

    John Ball is currently a Professor of Forestry at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD and serves as a campus arborist for the University and as the Forest Health Specialist for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. He received the Malo Teaching Excellence Award in 2018 for his dedication to student learning. One of his primary research interests is tree worker safety. Dr. Ball obtained his Ph.D. and M.S. in Forestry from Michigan State University and a B.S. in Forestry from Michigan Technological University.  Dr.  Ball is also on the Safety Committee for the Tree Care Industry Association. 

    • Tuesday, August 06, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • The German Club
    • 50
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    MORE DETAILS COMING - AND REGISTRATION OPENING SOON!

    An Introduction to Modern Crane Operation in Tree Care

    This afternoon workshop is geared toward tree care companies who currently sub out their crane work.  Gain insight into the basics of proper and safe crane operation, how you and your crew can best collaborate with the crane operator, and what you need to know to make sure the job site is safe, compliant and efficient.

    To ensure the value of this event for participants, attendance will be limited to 50 people. 

    MCA and ISA CEUs pending.

    • Wednesday, September 25, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • The German Club, Walpole MA

    LOADS MORE DETAILS COMING SOON!


      Interested in exhibiting?  SIGN UP HERE.  


    • Wednesday, September 25, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • The German Club, Walpole
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    MAA is excited to announce Fall Field Day on Wednesday, September 25, 2024. Co-hosted with the Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals, this popular industry-wide event will connect YOU with hundreds of the state’s leading landscape and tree care professionals.

    Fall Field Day combines specialized education with powerful networking. Last year more than 350 green industry pros attended looking for the latest trends, technology, and equipment to improve productivity and increase profitability. Our members want practical advice and hands-on demonstrations – and we’re counting on you to bring it!

    In September, we’re heading back to the Biergarten Pavilion at The German Club in Walpole, MA with next level instructors, exciting demos, and delicious food throughout the afternoon. You do not want to miss this one!

    Space is limited to 25 exhibitor displays.
    Sign up by 8/15 and save $150.

    Exhibiting at Fall Field Day is a cost-effective way to widen your customer circle, showcase your newest offerings, and develop relationships that lead to sales – all while demonstrating your company’s support for MAA’s mission of professionalism, education, certification, and advocacy in the landscape industry.

    Exhibitor Benefits

    Logo recognition in all promotional material, event signage and on-site program. Display area in central location with opportunity to demonstrate equipment (restrictions apply). Event tickets for two (2) company representatives.

    Standard display exhibitors should bring their own 10’ x 10’ pop-up tent, table, and chairs. Limited tabletop space is available under the pavilion.

    Equipment vendors please indicate what you hope to display, and we will find you the best location. Display space is approximately 20’ x 40’.

    Schedule

    11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Move In/Set Up

    1:00 p.m.
    Registration/Exhibits Open

    1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Educational Sessions

    3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Afternoon BBQ Served

    6:00 p.m. Move Out


    • Thursday, October 03, 2024
    • 12:30 AM
    • Friday, October 04, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • 67 West Street, Medfield MA 02052
    • 36
    Register


    MCA Exam OCTOBER 2024

    This exam will be held in two separate sessions.  Candidates should choose ONE exam time at the sign up form in their confirmation email.

    Thursday October 3: 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    Friday October 4:  8:30 AM - noon

    The last day to cancel an exam registration and receive a refund will be Thursday September 19.  

    Cancellations received after September 19 are not guaranteed a refund. 

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • Candidates should be able to demonstrate at least 2 years of field experience OR have earned a degree in arboriculture, horticulture or related area of study. 
    • Candidates should be employed, or intending to be employed, in arboriculture or an industry-related profession.
    • Candidates must be 18 years of age.
    REQUIRED MATERIALS:
    • MCA Online Study Guide (version 3.0). 
    • Supplemental resource materials (Best Management Practice Manuals) from which 50% of the exam is derived sold by TCIA or ISA.


Past events

Friday, April 26, 2024 2024 Arbor Day of Service SPONSORS
Friday, April 26, 2024 ARBOR DAY OF SERVICE 2024
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 April 2024 MAA Meeting & VISTA Award
Thursday, April 04, 2024 MCA Exam - April 2024
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 March 2024 MAA & MALP Meeting: Mental Health and Substance Use Issues in the Workplace - A Critical Conversation
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 February 2024 MAA Meeting: Beech Leaf Diseases - Management Efforts & Lessons Learned
Tuesday, November 28, 2023 MAA 2023 Annual Meeting: Adapting PHC Strategies Amid a Changing Climate
Thursday, October 05, 2023 MCA Exam - October 2023
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 2023 MAA / MLP Fall Field Day - ATTENDEES
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 2023 MAA / MLP Fall Field Day - EXHIBITORS
Friday, July 21, 2023 Bare Root Transplanting: An Intensive Workshop
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 MAA's Tree Climbing Workshop & BBQ
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 SPONSORS: MAA Tree Climbing Workshop & BBQ
Monday, May 01, 2023 MAA 2023 Safety Webinar: Work Zone Safety
Friday, April 28, 2023 2023 Arbor Day of Service SPONSOR REGISTRATION
Friday, April 28, 2023 2023 Arbor Day of Service VOLUNTEER SIGN UP
Tuesday, April 25, 2023 MAA April 2023 Dinner Meeting & VISTA Presentation
Thursday, April 06, 2023 MCA Exam - April 2023
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 ArborEXPO 2023
Wednesday, March 01, 2023 MAA Spring 2023 Webinar: Recruiting & Retaining Your Greatest Asset - Talent! Available thru June 30
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 2023 Electrical Hazards Awareness Training with John Ball
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 MAA 2022 Annual Meeting
Monday, October 03, 2022 MAA October Webinar: Relocating Mature Trees Responsibly
Tuesday, August 09, 2022 Modern Tree Climbing Techniques & Trends
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