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Urban Forestry Basic Training

CRTI's and the Illinois Arborist Association's hands on training event for non-forestry professionals who work with or near 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. A second optional day is focused on chainsaw basics. The event, held twice each year in locations around the region, cost $25 for one day or $30 for both days. The registration fee covers lunch, trees for the planting demonstrations, and training materials. Be sure to dress for the weather- outdoor portions happen rain or shine!


Attendees will take a simple test at the end of each day to earn a certificate of completion. 


Upcoming TRAINING dates


The Spring 2019 CRTI Urban Forestry Basic Training will be on April 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and an optional second day focused on chainsaw basics on April 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Round Lake Public Works (751 W. Townline Road, Round Lake, IL 60073). Registration will open in late winter. Sample program here.



Note: The Illinois Arborist Association is generously providing scholarships for four attendees. Contact Melissa at if you need financial assistance to attend this training! 




At the end of day one, there will be a raffle from some of our collaborators, including SavATree, the Illinois Arborist Association, and The Morton Arboretum.


Click here to see the program.




If you would like to donate prizes for the raffle or host a training, please contact Melissa at


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."