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 8
6:00 am – 4:00 pm  TCI EXPO Registration Desk is Open (Charlotte Convention Center)
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm TCIA Welcome Reception (NASCAR Hall of Fame)

Friday, November 9
7:00 am – 4:00 pm TCI EXPO Registration Desk is Open (Charlotte Convention Center)
7:15 am – 4:00 pm Breakfast/Climbing Contestant’s Meeting
8:00 am Climbing Competition Tips with Mark Chisholm
8:30 am Tree Care Skills Competition Begins (See Below)
8:30 am – Noon Partners in the Park (See Below)
Mid Day Lunch
3:00 pm Competition Closes

Saturday, November 10
 7:30 am – 1:00 pm TCI EXPO Registration Desk is Open (Charlotte Convention Center)
8:00 am – 10:00 am Job & Internship Fair (Charlotte Convention Center)
10:30 am Student Competition Awards Ceremony (TCI EXPO Show Floor (Charlotte Convention Center)
1:00 pm  TCI EXPO 2018 Closes


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

  • CLICK HERE for 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.

Partners in the Park: Not competing? There’s still plenty to do during Friday’s event at the park!

  • Tips for the 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.
  • SCD Partner Tents: Stop by and visit some TCIA partner tents to learn more about issues that affect the industry, including plant health care, climbing systems, and more. Partner tents include:

TCI EXPO: 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)