Advanced Training for Certified Arborists in Illinois

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
Species Requirements 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
Tree Diseases Required
Abiotic Problems 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
Pruning Required
Felling 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
Tree Appraisals 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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