International TCC

The International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC) is managed by the ISA TCC1-202x300International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) whose mission is to promote the professional practice of arboriculture and foster a greater worldwide awareness for the benefits of trees through research, technology, and education.

The ISA has established strategic goals and objectives for the organisation that support its mission. The ITCC, and related events, helps support these goals.

Arborists are recognised as qualified, competent, and safe tree care professionals who are sought out by the public, government organisations, and other professions.

Competition rules and technical specifications promote the adoption of best management practices and established industry standards.

Participation in the ITCC helps maintain, improve, and promote knowledge and skills.

Competitions and technical requirements help promote safety to reduce accidents and injuries in the profession through a culture built on training, education, and peer accountability. The ITCC educates tree care practitioners in the utilisation of safe work practices.

To learn more about ISA and its strategic plan visit www.isa-arbor.com


ITCC 2015

40th ISA International World Championship

Tampa, Florida, USA
21-22 March 2015

Scott Forrest comes second in defense of his 2014 title.

NZ Arb congratulates all the Kiwis involved (Scott, Craig Wilson and Steph White) at the ITCC. Another awesome showing on the international stage.

Congratulations to all of the 2015 ITCC event winners. To see placements in each event view the winners' list.



Rowlett Park is getting a free facelift this weekend as about 60 of the world’s fastest arborists scale the park’s oak trees, dodging clumps of Spanish moss and trimming knobbly branches as they vie for the title of top tree climber.
The riverfront park is hosting the International Tree Climbing Championship, where competitive climbers from 17 countries are judged on how fast they can scale a 50-foot tree, how well they aim when tossing a throwline — the rope that helps them scale a tree — and how quickly they can complete a series of tree-trimming tasks before descending back to the ground.
“Everyone who is competing is an actual arborist and do this on a day-to-day basis,” said Sonia Garth, spokeswoman for the International Society of Arboriculture, which hosted the event. “It’s an opportunity to bring out the public to see what these guys do.”

Each of the 58 competitors qualified for the event in a regional contest before moving on to the championship. The event has been held annually all over the globe since 1976.

The Florida chapter of the ISA, based in Sarasota, hosted the international competition this year and selected Rowlett Park specially for the event, Garth said. The competition requires trees that are tall enough and with enough splayed branches for the various challenges the competitors face.
In previous years, the championship has been held in cities like Portland, Ore.; Milwaukee and Toronto, Garth said. Even though Florida’s trees are a little different from those familiar to Northeners, Saturday’s warm weather was a nice change of pace for the dozens of competitors and hundreds of spectators who traveled from afar to participate or watch.
“These live oaks? They’re beautiful trees,” said Marilou Dussault, a competitor from Montreal.
The competition organisers always consider what they call the “local factor” when selecting a location for the championship, said Andrew Hardyk, chair of the event. That is the term they apply to various challenges trees in the host city could pose to the climbers.

In Tampa, that could be moss, pollen or Florida critters living in or near the trees, he said. The organizers send out notifications to participating chapters to be aware of those things and to bring the right gear.
“That’s all part of the game,” Hardyk said.
More than just a competition, the championship is about educating the public about the importance of trees and how to preserve them, Garth said.
The competitors are professional arborists, who often are called to trim, prune or remove a tree that may not be approachable by cherry-picker lift, she said. They all know how to set their ropes and harnesses in a tree without harming it so they can get up in the branches and take care of the tree properly.
The championship also allows them to get up to speed on the latest tree-climbing equipment and techniques.
“They learn a lot from each other and by watching other competitors in the industry,” Garth said.
In addition to two days of competition — the winners will be announced Sunday evening — the event includes live entertainment, food trucks, an arbor fair and expo, and an “Ask an Arborist” booth, where people may bring photographs or ask questions about their own trees.

“There’s lots of things to think about when it comes to taking care of your trees,” Garth said.





The International Tree Climbing Championship Committees and the World Championship are managed by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the ISA office by email at isa@isa-arbor.com or by phone at +1.217.355.9411. The ISA looks forward to the opportunity to help answer your questions.

You may also contact Sonia Garth the ISA staff liaison to the ITCC or email itcc@isa-arbor.com

For more information on the ISA visit the ISA Website.

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