SCD > Schedule

SCD is packed with events, education and more! Below is a preliminary schedule that is subject to change.

Check back frequently to ensure you have the most current information available.

Thursday, November 2
6:00 am – 4:00 pm  TCI EXPO Registration Desk is Open (Columbus Convention Center)
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm TCIA Welcome Reception (Hyatt Regency Columbus)

Friday, November 3
7:00 am –  4:00 pm TCI EXPO Registration Desk is Open (Columbus Convention Center)
7:15 am – 7:45 am Breakfast/Climbing Contestants' Meeting (Goodale Shelterhouse)
8:00 - 8:30 am Climbing Competition Tips with Mark Chisholm (Goodale Park)
Three time ISA international tree climbing champion, International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist, and STIHL spokesperson Mark Chisholm will present competition and climbing safety tips for students. 
8:30 am - Noon Chain Saw Safety Station
Accidents involving chain saws are a significant concern for all tree care workers. Learn how to properly and safely use your chain saw from the experts at STIHL.
8:30 am  Tree Care Skills Competition Begins (Goodale Park)
Mid-Day Lunch  (Goodale Shelterhouse)
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Tree Walk with Mike Wendt (Goodale Park)
Mike Wendt, instructor from Milwaukee Area Technical College, will lead a very casual walk to show off some of the best and most uncommon trees in the park.
3:00 pm  Competition Closes

Saturday, November 4
 7:30 am –  1:00 pm TCI EXPO Registration Desk is Open (Columbus Convention Center)
8:00 am – 10:00 am Job & Internship Fair (Columbus Convention Center)
10:30 am Student Competition Awards Ceremony (TCI EXPO Show Floor, Columbus Convention Center)
1:00 pm  TCI EXPO 2017 Closes


All students have unlimited access to TCI EXPO education sessions and the trade show floor.  When you aren’t busy networking or competing, check out the education sessions:

  • Thursday: Education begins at 7:30 am; last session is 4:15 pm (Thursday trade show hours: 10:00 am-4:00 pm)
  • Friday: Education begins at 8:00 am; last session is 4:30 pm (Friday trade show hours: 9:00 am-4:00 pm)

Tree Care Skills Competition

The competition is divided into two categories:

Vocational Challenge (for non-collegiate students) and Collegiate Challenge (for collegiate students). Within these challenges, the competition is also broken into male and female. Awards, provided by STIHL, are presented to winners of each event.

For more information, download complete Rules & Regulations.

  • Work Climb: This event measures overall climbing proficiency. Starting in the tree, the contestant climbs to stations throughout the canopy, ringing a bell to signal completion. For each station, judges can award points for control of movement, rope control and use of safety procedures and equipment, with bonus points for posture, balance, efficiency and style. Climber with the most points wins.
  • Belayed Scramble: This event is all about speed! The contestant climbs a pre-installed rope along a pre-determined route into the tree and rings a bell when they reach the top. A technician belays without providing assistance. Contestant with the fastest time wins.
  • Safety Gear Check: This event will test the contestant’s ability to distinguish between safe and unsafe climbing gear and personal protective equipment (PPE). Contestants rotate through stations during this timed event. At each station, they inspect the equipment and decide if it is fit for use. If the answer is “no,” they are asked to describe the defect. Contestant with the most points wins.


Not competing? There’s still plenty to do during Friday’s event at Goodale Park!

  • Tips from a Pro: Mark Chisholm, three-time ISA international tree climbing champion, International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist, and STIHL spokesperson, will be on hand to give climbing competition tips.
  • Chain Saw Sharpening Tips: Stop by the STIHL tent for tips on how to properly sharpen, maintain and care for your chain saw.