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 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|
|Planting Methods and Selection||Required|
|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|
|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.
|Cabling, Bracing, Lightening Protection||Required|
|Modern Climbing & Rigging||Required|
|Tree Hazard Assessment||Elective|
|Bucket Truck Operation||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 Settings, Pollutants, and Stresses||Required|
|Municipal Tree Regulations and Legislative Concerns||Required|
|Urban Species Selection||Required|
|Long Term Urban Forestry Management Planning||Required|
|GIS/Tree Inventory Management Tools and Strategies||Elective|
|Public Relations for Municipal Staff and Contractor||Elective|
Upcoming Advanced Training Classes