Become A Member

Front row L/R: Mark McDaniel, Ben Miller, Chris Chamberlain, Joe Avila
Back row L/R: Steve Ludwig, Bill Bolich, Steve Fritz, Mark Ruyon, Steven Lesniewicz

Who
We are a group of fun, exciting, intelligent, and passionate people. Trees are our thing. Making the planet, and each other, better is what we do. We are ground workers, climbers, equipment operators, researchers, manufacturers, industry suppliers, teachers, trainers, students, owners, managers, and all-around awesome people. You are awesome, and you are one of us.

What
The Illinois Arborist Association is a not-for-profit organization that supports the research, education, networking, and training of our incredible membership. From our educational opportunities to our membership resources, we are a family. A family where you, your career, and your uniqueness, is supported, fostered, encouraged, and embraced. 

Why
Our mission statement says it all, 

“To foster interest, establish standards, exchange professional ideas and pursue scientific research in Arboriculture.” 

Are you interested? Do you want to understand and create industry standards? Do you think surrounding yourself with passionate and experienced arborists can improve your knowledge? Want to gain more professional value to reach your career goals? Do you believe research gives us the answers we need to foster the health of the planets amazing tree populations? We do! That’s why you deserve to be a member of our family. 

Membership in IAA links you to a powerful state-wide partnership of people and programs to help you protect and enhance your career investment. Listed below are the membership features designed to help you grow, both professionally and personally. We hope this information demonstrates why over 1,200 of your professional colleagues belong to the IAA. Please review your benefits as a member, and give us a call! We look forward to working with you to support and enhance your profession.

As an IAA Member, you’ll receive:

  • The latest news & information on issues affecting the tree care industry throughout Illinois – all in the quarterly Illinois Trees newsletter.
  • Professional recognition through use of your exclusive IAA Member Logo. 
  • Significant savings on over 30 industry books, videos, workbooks and audio-cassettes – all designed to help you do your job better.
  • Member discounts on Arborist Certification Testing, Workshops, and study materials – plus a special Illinois
  • Certified Arborist logo to recognize your professional achievement!
  • Education in Tree Care – from the IAA Annual Conference & Trade Show to a special workshops and programs scheduled throughout the state, IAA provides the educational opportunities you need to “stay in the loop”, remain informed on current research and practices, and grow professionally.   
  • Access to over 1200 IAA Members, collectively representing 6,000 years of professional tree care experience! 
  • Opportunity for career development through social and educational networking opportunities with IAA Chapter members throughout the state.   
  • We offer a platform to ask fellow arborists any questions that you may have.
  • We offer municipal resources like door hangers, resident letters, sample ordinances so you don’t have to recreate the wheel.

Join us now by filling out the form below. Then put one of our excellent events on your calendar. Show up, engage with your peers, and be on your way to the information and industry relationships you deserve. Welcome to the Illinois Arborist Association, where it is an honor to have you as our friend.

Click here to view the IAA Brochure of Events & Training


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