Texas Chapter ISA COVID-19 Updates

US Center for Disease Control Website
Texas Department of Health Services Website

May 27, 2020 update

Our nation, state and all of us in our communities face serious challenges from this global pandemic. ISAT is open for business and will keep on working hard to bring you the latest tree related information. Here are the latest Texas tree care related updates:

Check here for the latest effective openings from the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas – The Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas will safely and strategically restart and revitalize all aspects of the Lone Star State—work, school, entertainment, and culture.  https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas

May 20, 2020 PPP: IRS and SBA Issue New Guidance

Per the SBA’s latest press release: 
The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  SBA will also soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications, and to provide lenders with guidance on their responsibilities.
The form and instructions include several measures to reduce compliance burdens and simplify the process for borrowers, including:
• Options for borrowers to calculate payroll costs using an “alternative payroll covered period” that aligns with borrowers’ regular payroll cycles
• Flexibility to include eligible payroll and non-payroll expenses paid or incurred during the eight-week period after receiving their PPP loan
• Step-by-step instructions on how to perform the calculations required by the CARES Act to confirm eligibility for loan forgiveness
• Borrower-friendly implementation of statutory exemptions from loan forgiveness reduction based on rehiring by June 30
• Addition of a new exemption from the loan forgiveness reduction for borrowers who have made a good-faith, written offer to rehire workers that were declined.

May 15, 2020: US Government Printing Office: Coronavirus and the Workplace: Resources for Knowing Your Rights and Responsibilities during a Pandemic

Online Learning Resources: Shelter in Place – Learn in Place

Title/DateTopic(s)InstructorsSponsored ByDescriptionLinks
ISA On-Demand Online CoursesIntroduction to Arboriculture,
Tree Anatomy, Urban Forestry, Tree Physiology, Biotic and Abiotic Disorders, Diagnosis, Tree ID, Tree Selection, and many more!
The World's Best ArboristsInternational Society of ArboricultureEducation and research are vital elements in the fulfillment of ISA’s mission to promote the professional practice of arboriculture and foster a greater worldwide awareness of the benefits of trees. ISA staff works with industry professionals and field experts to develop online resources that provide diverse educational opportunities and platforms for the presentation of new research, information, and technology.Learn More Here
ISA Arborist News and Arboriculture and Urban Forestry CEU QuizzesDozens of opportunities to earn CEU's while you are social distancing. VariousInternational Society of ArboricultureTo assist ISA members who hold credentials in earning continuing education units (CEUs), ISA is now providing online quizzes from both Arborist News and Arboriculture and Urban Forestry dating back to the beginning of 2018 at no cost to members.
Please note: CEUs for any given quiz/product may be earned only once per recertification cycle by each credential holder. Only online quizzes apply; mailed quizzes will not be accepted for CEUs. ISA will not issue refunds for previously purchased quizzes.
Online ISA CEU Quizzes here

Learn how to use online CEU quizzes here
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)A look at the paycheck protection program passed in the CARES Act to loan to small businesses.TCIATree Care Industry of AmericaSee the webcast here
ASCA WebinarsMany TitlesVariousAmerican Society of Consulting ArboristsASCA provides online learning to help Consulting Arborists learn and earn CEUs without having to leave their offices. Let experts lead you through timely topics and compelling lectures while you learn new skills and techniques you can immediately put to work for your clients. Since this is online self-directed learning, you can learn where you want and when you want! More Information Here
Climbing ArboristMany TitlesVariousClimbingArborist.comClimbingArborist.com offers a free comprehensive video library of knot tying, tree climbing and rigging techniques (basic and advanced). For novice, advanced and all levels in-between use our site as a tool to resource, practice and master your Arborist skills.More information here
Davey Resource Group Presents: 2020 WebinarsMany TitlesVariousDavey Resource GroupDavey Resource Group, Inc. is committed to providing up-to-date information on a variety of urban and community forestry topics. Our expert urban forestry consultants regularly present at local, regional, and national conferences throughout the world. With our breadth of knowledge and networks, we apply case study examples of how our clients are able to leverage their urban forestry projects into successful endeavors with meaningful results.More Information Here
Forestry and Natural Resources Webinar PortalMany TitlesVariousSouthern Regional Extension ForestryOn-Demand and FreeForestry and Natural Resources Webinar Portal
Topics for ArboristsMany TitlesVariousTreeStuffdotcomYouTubeClick here for the videos
TREE Fund WebinarsMany TitlesVariousTREE FundOn Demand and FreeClick Here for More Information
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Urban Forestry TodayMany TitlesVariousRick Harper, University of Massachusetts Click here for more information

And From ISA: ISA encourages our members and credential holders to use this time to continue your arboricultural education. Visit the ISA store to learn about ISA’s many educational products such as the Certified Arborist Study Guide, the Municipal Specialist Certification Study Guide, the Tree Climbers’ Guide, the Utility Specialist Certification Study Guide,  earn CEUs through the Collection of CEU Articles and so much more.

Your ISA Credentials:

For in-person certification exams, ISA has issued new exam guidelines beginning May 15, 2020. All exam candidates will receive these in writing once enrolled in an exam.  All in-person exams require a candidate to wear a face mask.  A person without a mask will not be permitted to sit for the exam.  The proctor and/or assistant will not be able to provide these for the test candidates.  Gloves can be worn but are not mandatory and must be disposed of at the conclusion of the exam in front of the proctor.  Hand sanitizer will be on site at the exam for all attendees. For questions regarding in-person exam guidelines, please contact Misti Perez at misti@isatexas.com  or Daniel Cottier, ISAT Certification Liaison at greenmanglobal@gmail.com or (214) 836-1646.  Select Pearson VUE testing centers offering computer based exams are open at 50% capacity as of May 1, 2020.  Pearson Vue requires a face mask be worn while testing per local government requirements for operation during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are unable to provide testing services to those without a face mask and will not be supplying face masks to candidates.  The situation is being closely monitored and the Texas Chapter will update here as we get information from ISA headquarters. Click here for more information

ISA has extended the recertification periods for credential holders set to renew within the next 30-60 days from March 2020.  TRAQ holders will get a six month extension.  ISA COVID FAQ page

Business Tips:

US Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resources

TCIA: What Should Tree Care Businesses Know About the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak?

OSHA COVID-19 Guidance
Introduction to OHSA Webinar for Arborists from North American Training Solutions

Assessing the Risk of COVID-19 for arborists from North American Training Solutions

Arborisk’s Guide to Combating Coronavirus
Tree Business Management Strategies for Pandemics
Coronavirus Safety for Arborists

COVID Small Business Action Plan from Constant Contact

 

IRS and Texas Comptroller Information:

IRS COVID-19 Tax – landing page for links to all IRS news releases and guidance related to COVID-19

IRS FAQs – filing and payment deadlines

IRS People First Initiative – additional relief on IRS actions and operations

Texas Comptroller – COVID-19 – currently gives statement regarding sales tax payment penalty and interest waiver

Business Related Webinars:

SCORE – Live & Recorded Business Webinars for Free

All Small Mentor Protege Program (On Demand, Free – Small Business Administration)

Competitive Advantage (On Demand, Free – Small Business Administration)

Financing Options for Small Businesses (On Demand, Free – Small Business Administration)

How to Write a Business Plan (On Demand, Free – Small Business Administration)

Introduction to Pricing (On Demand, Free – Small Business Administration)

Legal Requirements for Small Businesses (On Demand, Free – Small Business Administration)

A Guide to Winning Customers (On Demand, Free – Small Business Administration)

Pricing Models for Successful Business (On Demand, Free – Small Business Administration)

Sales: A Guide for the Small Business Owner (On Demand, Free – Small Business Administration)

Practical Information For Individuals:

Get the latest on COVID-19 go to CR’s Guide to the Coronavirus for even more articles, resources and information.

 

And remember – Social Distancing will end in Texas and we can all get together for more of this! (hint full screen and turn it up LOUD)