Advanced Training For Certified Arborists in Illinois

Illinois Arborist Advanced TrainingThe 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 TTS domains provide 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
Species Requirements Required
Planting Methods and Selection Required
Design Principles Elective
Soils and Nutrient Management Elective

Pest Diagnosis and Management (PDM)

Proposed Training modules and schedules for PDM domains provide 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
Tree Diseases Required
Abiotic Problems Required
Pesticide Safety and Application Required
Introduction to Plant Health Care/IPM Elective
Soil and Nutrient Management Elective

Tree Work (TW)

Proposed training modules and schedules for the TW domains provide 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
Pruning Required
Felling Required
Cabling & Bracing Elective
Bucket Truck Operation 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 domains provide 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 Required
Community Outreach Required
The Applied Use of a Tree Inventory Required
Urban Settings, Pollutants, & Stresses Required
Municipal Tree Regulations & Legislative Concerns Required
Urban Species Selection Required
Long Term Urban Forestry Management Planning Required
GIS/Tree Inventory Management Tools & Strategies Elective
Public Relations for Municipal Staff & Contractors Elective
Urban Wood Utilization TBD
Tree Appraisals Elective
Contracts, Standards and Specifications Elective

 Upcoming Advanced Training Classes

Pruning: Tuesday, April 21, 2015  7:00AM – 3:00PM at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL.  Click here to download registration form.

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Intro to Plant Health Care/IPM: Tuesday, May 2, 2015 8:30AM – 5:00PM at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL.  Click here to download registration form.

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Felling: Wednesday, May 5, 2015 7:00AM – 3:00PM at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL. Click here to download registration form.

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Tree Diseases: Saturday’s, July 11 & 18, 2015 9:00AM – 3:30PM at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL. Click here to download registration form.

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Abiotic Problems: Saturday’s, September 19 & 26, 2015 9:00AM – 3:30PM at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL. Click here to download registration form.

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