Municipal Arborist Training Program


Illinois Arborist Association
Municipal Arborist Training Program

The Illinois Arborist Association (IAA) is now offering Training Programs for Municipal Arborists. In the past the IAA offered 1-day, 1-topic courses. To make this training more appealing to Municipal Arborists, the IAA expanded to 1-day, 2-topic courses. The course topics to choose from are: (1) Chainsaw Basic Maintenance, Safe Operation, Cutting Techniques & Sharpening; (2) Felling Techniques using the 6-Step Precision Felling Plan; (3) Rigging & Tree Dismantling, (4) Pruning Techniques, (5) Aerial Lift Safe Operations & Rescue, and (6) Chipper Safety & Operation.

Below is a brief description of each Training Topic:

(1) Chainsaw maintenance includes checking for loose and missing parts, making sure the built-in safety features are properly working, proper cleaning techniques including air filter, guide bar resurfacing, drive sprocket replacement, proper chain tension, proper starting techniques, proper grip, proper stance, different cutting techniques and chain sharpening.

(2) Felling using the 6-Step Precision Felling Plan includes using six (6) steps to safely notch and drop a tree from near ground level. Felling is the ‘single, most dangerous act’ performed by an arborist. More arborists are seriously injured or killed by notching and dropping a tree than any other single act. Using the six (6) steps, greatly reduces the chance of an incident occurring.

A person cutting down a tree from the trunk
A man cutting down a tree
An arborist cutting a tree

(3) Rigging and Tree Dismantling shows how using arborist hardware (pulleys, bocks, ring products, rope friction devices, connecting links) and software (spliced eye slings, ring tools, rope tools) will make the tree dismantling process much Safer and more efficient. Using the trees structure to the riggers advantage is demonstrated by placing blocks/rings in the crown to put the limbs in compression.

A man on a lift near a tree
A group of arborists in front of a lift
A man trimming a tree from the lift

(4) Pruning techniques uses the ANSI A300 Standard to perform proper pruning cuts. The various pruning techniques: deadwood pruning, elevation pruning, subordination pruning, crown reduction pruning are all demonstrated. Using the proper pruning tool for the task at hand is also demonstrated.

(5) Aerial lift safe operations and rescue goes over pre-trip inspection; flying the unit, to make sure it’s holding pressure, before leaving the yard; aerial lift positioning for the task at hand; leveling using the stabilizers; proper unfolding and folding procedures; using the platform controls to lower the booms; rescue techniques (bringing an injured or incapacitated operator down to a flat surface to begin 1st aid or CPR.

A man on an aerial lift
A man climbing down the aerial lift
A man going down from the aerial lift

(6) Chipper Safety and Operation goes over pre-trip inspection; proper attachment to the tow vehicle, making sure the safety chains are crossed; proper starting method, how soon to engage the drum/disc after starting; checking the built-in safety features (rubber kickback flap, forward/reverse bar, etc.); proper road cone and traffic sign placement using MUTCD Standards; proper chipper feeding methods; using a ‘push stick’ for shorter sticks/raking’s; proper shut down method.


This training is offered at your facility and will utilize your equipment so you have a complete understanding of the equipment that you are already using on a day-to-day basis.
A certificate of completion if provided at the end of each training.

These are the topics currently available for the Municipal Arborist Training Program.
If there is a topic addition that would be of value, please contact the Illinois Arborist Association for their review at: illinoisarborist.org or Toll Free 877.617.8887.



Submit the form below to receive a quote for Municipal Training.
Quotes vary depending on the length of the training, the number of people attending and on the location.

*All pruning, climbing, aerial lift classes not available until after July 1st.
*All pruning, climbing, aerial lift classes not available until after July 1st.