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Urban Forestry Basic Training

CRTI's full day (plus an optional day), hands on training event for non-forestry professionals who work with trees. Our expert-led sessions will include important forestry topics such as safety, tree selection, planting and pruning, the importance of roots and bark, providing proper tree care, and avoiding tree damage during construction. Starting in fall 2017, we have also added a second optional day for participants focused on chainsaw basics. The event, held twice each year in locations around the region, cost $25 and includes lunch on the first day and all training materials.

Upcoming TRAINING dates


The Fall 2017 CRTI Urban Forestry Basic Training will be on September 27, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and an optional second day focused on chainsaw basics on September 28, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Carpentersville. Register here.


The Spring 2018 CRTI Urban Forestry Basic Training will be on April 4, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and an optional second day focused on chainsaw basics on April 5, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Triton College in River Grove. Registration will open in late winter.

Click here for a sample program (from Spring 2017 in Park Forest)




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Positive feedback from our August 2015 CRTI Urban Forestry Basic Training
"I am writing to let you know that the City of Wheaton sent several employees from our Street and Sewer Divisions to this training. This was part of a cross training program at the Public Works Department. This work shop was a perfect fit for this. I received positive feedback from many of these employees. I always ask for feedback. I believe this helps further the discussion and it certainly did here. Most discussion revolved around construction and salt damage. Thank you both for your effort."
"I learned too many things to list here- many practical applications for job and personal"
"We really enjoyed it and it surpassed our expectations.  Many thanks for putting on such a quality and interesting seminar."