Community Hands-On Training


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Community Hands-on Training for only $20.00

Made Possible with Grant money from the Illinois DNR

The IAA is offering Community “Hands-on” training, made possible with grant money from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. 

Rigging & Proper Pruning Techniques is being hosted by Homewood

Date: November 4th, 2022
Time: 8:00am – 2:45pm
Location: 18355 Pierce Ave. Homewood, IL
*Attendance limited to 20
**CEU’s Available: 6
***Please bring a bag lunch


Rigging is a “hands-on” class. This class is designed for those who have little or no experience using rigging gear (pulleys, slings and rope friction devices) and/or want to learn how to safely use them.

  • Basic Tree Risk Assessment 
  • Rope tensile strength’s 
  • Know the difference between a rescue pulley and arborist block 
  • Tying all the knots listed above 
  • Proper pulley placement in the tree 
  • Anchoring a rope friction device (Port-a-wrap, etc.) near the base of the tree, and how to safely use the device 
  • Proper knot selection to the lower wood 
  • Cutting a notch and back cut 
  • Lowering wood with a rope friction device.

Pruning Of The Tree Stem - Illinois Arborist Association

Proper Pruning Techniques is a “hands-on” class. All class participants will be cutting woody plants using the following arborist tools: handsaw, pole saw, pole pruner, hand pruner and loppers.

  • Identify the “Branch Bark Ridge” 
  • Know how to use a handsaw, hand pruner, pole saw, pole pruner and lopper 
  • Prune trees and ornamentals according to the ANSI A300 Standards 
  • Make proper pruning cuts 
  • Identify crossing, interfering and weak limbs 
  • Identify weak branch unions and how to reduce weight to help prevent breakage 
  • Directional pruning 
  • Subordinate pruning

Illinois Arborist Association

Thank You Illinois Department of Natural Resources!