The Illinois Arborist Association has developed a rigorous training program for Certified Arborists. The training program builds on the topics of the initial certification program and offers in-depth study including local details.
The courses offer practical study, laboratory work and field study as appropriate. Class size will often be limited, offering hands-on practice and access to the facilitators.
Knowledge and skills will be assessed periodically and an exam will be given at the end of each course. Passing grades for each course module will be necessary to complete an entire curriculum or domain.
The four Advanced Training Domains are: Tree Site and Selection, Pest Diagnosis and Management, Tree Work, and Urban Forestry.
Tree Site and Selection (TSS)
Proposed training modules and schedules for TSS domain provides additional training on proper plant selection, proper plant identification and knowledge of the site requirements for the plant. To receive credit for a domain, the student must complete 5 modules, four of which are required and one elective.
|Summer Tree Identification||Required|
|Winter Tree Identification||Required|
|Planting Methods and Selection||Required|
|Site Assessment & Design||Elective|
|Soils and Nutrient Management||Elective|
Pest Diagnosis and Management (PDM)
Proposed training modules and schedules for PDM domain provides additional training in diagnosis of plant problems, pest identification and plant health care management strategies. To receive credit for a domain, the student must complete 5 modules, four of which are required and one elective.
|Insect and Mite Pests||Required|
|Pesticide Safety and Application||Required|
|Introduction to Plant Health Care/IPM||Elective|
|Soil and Nutrient Management||Elective|
Tree Worker (TW)
Proposed training modules and schedules for the TW domain provides additional training in safe work practices, identification of hazard trees, proper equipment operation and maintenance, and tree maintenance. To receive credit for a domain, the student must complete 5 modules, four of which are required and one elective.
|Present Day Climbing – Entry Level||Required|
|Present Day Rigging – Level 1||Required|
|Bucket Truck Operation||Elective|
|Cabling & Bracing||Elective|
|Climbing – Level 2 (Level 1 Prerequisite)||Elective|
|Rigging – Level 2 ( Level 1 Prerequisite)||Elective|
Urban Forestry (UF)
Proposed training modules and schedules for UF domain provides additional training on the unique challenges of the urban setting, physical tree management in this setting, and the planning, public policy, and laws governing the urban forest as a whole. To receive credit for a domain, the student must complete 5 modules, four of which are required and one elective.
|Urban Forestry Management Planning||Required|
|Tree Inventory: Options & Applied Use||Required|
|Urban Settings, Species, Stresses & Strategies||Required|
|Tree Regulations & Legislative Concerns||Required|
|Public Relations & Community Outreach||Elective|
|Tree Risk Management in Urban Envirnoments||Elective|
CURRENT CLASSES BEING OFFERED
Species Requirements – April 1 & 15, 2017
Planting Methods & Selection – May 6 & 13, 2017
Tree Diseases – May 6 & 13, 2017
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