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    • Tuesday, January 17, 2023
    • 10:00 AM
    • Sunday, December 31, 2023
    • 11:59 PM
    • ZOOM Webinar

    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.


    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. 

    • Monday, May 01, 2023
    • Sunday, December 31, 2023
    • On Demand Webinar

    Available for all of 2023!

    The Importance of Work Zone Safety

    Every year, work zone crashes lead to unnecessary injury and death on our roadways. Traffic awareness and proper job site protocols are essential to the safety of tree and landscape professionals. Learn how to set up a DOT-compliant work zone based on the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, and why it is so critical to worker and motorist safety, as well as efficient roadside operations.

    About our Speaker

    Thomas Boudreau
    Pavement Preservation Specialist & Baystate Roads Scholar
    Felix A. Marino Co., Peabody, MA

    From lead grounds man responsible for training new hires, to running a landscape business for more than 15 years, to decades behind the wheel as an experienced as a CDL class B driver, to Highway Superintendent Tom Boudreau has done it all in our industry! Currently a pavement preservation and maintenance specialist at Felix A. Marino Co. in Peabody, Tom educates municipalities in Central and Western Mass, Southern NH and VT on how to extend the life of their roadways. Tom holds a degree in Small Business Management, is a graduate of the Massachusetts Reserve Police Academy, and is a Baystate Roads Scholar.

    • Wednesday, September 27, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • The German Club, Walpole MA

    Get Ready for Fall Field Day!

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023 • 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    MAA’s most popular event of the year will be held on the afternoon of September 27, 2023, at the German Club in Walpole, MA. There’s something for everyone on your team with next level instruction and info sessions; demos of the today’s latest equipment; live music, and we’ll top it all off with a delicious BBQ cookout!

    Co-hosted with the Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals, this industry-wide event combines specialized education with powerful networking. Last year, more than 300 green industry pros attended to find the latest trends, technology, and equipment to improve productivity and increase profitability.

    The green industry’s leading suppliers will be out in force, showcasing today’s hottest equipment, new climbing gear, and state-of-the-art tech tools. You’ll come away with innovative ideas, great deals, and new connections to grow your business.

    Schedule of Events

        1:00 p.m.Registration & Exhibits Open

        1:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

    • Aesthetic Conifer Pruning - Christie Dustman, MCLP, Christie Dustman & Associates
    • The Benefits of Brine in Snow & Ice Management - James Hignight, Deicing Depot

       2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

    • Essentials of Proper Tree Planting - Dave Leftcourt, MCA, City of Cambridge
    • Sales Success in a Sluggish Market - Gabe Gagne, ND Landscape Co.

       4:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

    • Tree & Shrub Disease Update (Pesticide Credit) - Nick Brazee, UMass Diagnostic Lab
    • Chipper Safety: Best Management Practices (Safety Credit) - Kyle Donaldson, Harrison McPhee, Inc.

       5:00 p.m. Live Music, Biergarten, & BBQ Served

    Fall Field Day is approved for 2 MCA education credits. MCA safety credit, ISA credit and MDAR pest credit are available for specific sessions.  

    Thank you to our exhibitors (to date):

    • Wednesday, September 27, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • The German Club, Walpole

    Excitement is building as we put the finishing touches on MAA & MLP Fall Field Day. More than 350 tree and landscape professionals are looking forward to a great day of networking, learning, and fun!

    Here’s the information you need to get the most out of this popular industry-wide event.

    The German Club
    8 County Road
    Walpole, MA  

    Exhibitor move in begins at 11:00 a.m.  The event opens to attendees at 1:00 p.m. Top notch instruction and demonstrations will be offered throughout the day. We’ll wrap it all up with live music and a delicious barbecue at 4:30 p.m., followed by exhibitor move out.

    Booth assignments are made based on equipment and services to be displayed. Volunteers will direct you to your display area upon arrival. Large vendor companies are asked to limit their display to 2-3 pieces of equipment. Smaller booths will have easy access to unload and we will have volunteers on hand to help if needed. 

    Please bring your own table, chairs, and 10x10 pop up tent. Only equipment that is being displayed will be allowed on the field. There is plenty of space for exhibitor parking onsite. Any equipment that is being demonstrated is your responsibility and all safety measures must be followed including proper PPE.

    Exhibitors receive two tickets with their registration. Please be sure we have your two representatives and any additional names in advance.

    If you haven't already, check out your exhibitor listing and let us know if you have changes.

    Contact the MAA Office with any questions.

    (508) 653-3320 /

    Sponsorship 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.

    • Thursday, October 05, 2023
    • 8:30 AM
    • Friday, October 06, 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • 67 West Street, Medfield MA 02052
    • 12


    This exam will be held in four separate sessions.  Candidates should choose ONE exam time at the sign up form.

    Thursday October 5:  8:30 AM - noon
    Thursday October 5: 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    Friday October 6:  8:30 AM - noon
    Friday October 6:  12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    The last day to cancel an exam registration and receive a refund will be Thursday September 21.  

    Cancellations received after September 21 are not guaranteed a refund. 

    Candidates are required to have purchased the MCA Study Guide 3.0.

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