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M C A U P D A T E December 2018 Hello MCAs & MAA Members, I hope everyone has had a safe, productive fall season. We had a solid turnout for the October MCA exam. Seven examinees earned their MCA designation. On behalf of the whole committee, we congratulate them all! It’s a tough exam and a big accomplishment to pass it! The next MCA exam will be on April 5, 2019. We are currently working to schedule the MCA Overview Course for some- time in February. The overview is helpful for anyone new to the exam. This course won’t teach you the material but it will touch on every Study Guide chapter and help you figure out where to focus. Everyone has different classroom and field experience so what you need to study won’t be the same as your colleague. One thing we know for certain is that success on the exam is directly related to time spent preparing! Take advantage of snow days and put in your hours on Study Guide review over the winter. We’ll see you in the spring! As we head into 2019, many MCAs wonder where to earn credits. MAA events make it pretty simple – each dinner meeting earns the required 2 education credits and attending just one safety seminar will earn the required 2 annual safety credits. But if you’re not able to attend MAA events, check out events held by MA Tree Wardens or UMass or any of the allied tree care organizations like New England ISA or the Arnold Arboretum. First aid, CPR or docu- mented tailgate safety programs – which many of you do routinely – also count. And don’t forget that volunteering for Arbor Day earns you a community service credit, too! Have a great winter, Max Ford-Diamond, MCA MCA Committee Chair Want to get involved with the MCA Program? The MCA Committee is seeking a few volunteers to assist with exam proctoring. Volunteers must be current MCAs. You’ll be asked to supervise the MCA exam, help candidates move to ID stations and check people in and out of the exam. If you’d like to volunteer, contact Carrie at the MAA office! 4 MAA NEWS / December 2018 Congratulations to the following new MCAs: Thomas Coburn, MCA of Brewster, MA • Tom Coburn Landscape Christopher Copeland, MCA of Agawam, MA Mark Dew, MCA of West Boylston MA • Davey Resource Group Kyle Grendell, MCA of Millbury, MA • City of Framingham Nicole Keleher, MCA of New Braintree, MA • MA Department of Conservation & Recreation" Giles MacDonald, MCA of Blackstone, MA • Natureworks Landscape Services, Inc. Fernando Oliveira, MCA of Framingham, MA • City of Framingham 2018 MCA COMMITTEE Max Ford-Diamond, MCA Chair & MCA Representative Boston Parks & Recreation Brandon Maltby, MCA Maltby & Company, Inc. Rachel Brinkman, MCA Arnold Arboretum Bruce Duffy, MCA Town of Duxbury Russell Holman, MCA Past Chair Hartney Greymont