Technician Grade Membership


Technician membership is ideal for anyone who wants to progress through the membership grades as they become more established arborists, in practice or consultation. Technician Level members will be able to use the Post Nominals ‘TechArborA’ as recognition of the level of career qualification and their experience and knowledge as arborists.

As a member of the Arboricultural Association you will be entitled to help and advice from our technical officers.

Who can join at this grade?

To become a Technician member you must have a QCF qualification in Arboriculture or a related subject at Level 3 or above. If your qualification is in a related subject you must demonstrate at least 3 years of industry experience. See examples of Technician grade qualifications here 

How much does it cost?

Technician Membership costs £155 for the year.

What do I get?

Technician Members receive a comprehensive package of benefits:

Use of Post Nominals - Post Nominals ‘TechArborA’ which you can use as public recognition of the level of career qualification and your experience and knowledge as an arborist.

FREE entry to our annual ARB Show which attracts over 3,000 visitors and currently takes place at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum. Featuring a wide range of tree care industry exhibitors, there is lots for you to see and do at this hugely popular national event. You can check out the latest equipment in the showground area and you get FREE entrance to see the internationally renowned tree collection.

The AA National Amenity Conference – Discounted entry to our annual conference which features a host of influential speakers from around the globe, trade exhibitors and is great for your CPD and meeting new contacts within the industry.

Monthly eNews bulletins – the Association's monthly e-mail newsletter is a concise digest which keeps you up to date with the latest Arboricultural Association news along with important cross industry developments and offers.

Quarterly ARB Magazine – Our official member publication, featuring the latest in cross industry news, study, research and collaboration, the magazine will keep students informed in the world of amenity tree care along with our other membership publications.

Arboricultural Journal – the Aboricultural Association Journal is a valuable resource to practicing and studying arborists. As a student member you get online access to the full library of back issues and will receive copies of the latest issues throughout the year.

AA Training Course Discounts – Technician members are all entitled to make the most of the varied course content on offer at significantly discounted member rates. We offer courses on everything from Climate Change and Subsidence, to Professional Tree Survey and Inspection.

Our Training Courses

Membership discount card – A Technician membership card entitles you to some fantastic offers from a host of suppliers in the industry. From clothing to software and even hotels, there’s plenty of perks for all our members!

Member Benefits Catalogue

Access to FREE advice from Arboricultural Association Technical Officers.

Does this count towards membership/grade progression?

Technician membership is a good start whilst you build up your 2 years of industry experience to become a Professional member or whilst you are working towards a higher level qualification.

How do I maintain my membership?

Membership renewals take effect from 1 January and last until 31 December each year.

Technician members must follow our professional code of conduct and complete a minimum of 10 hours CPD per year. You can keep track of your continuous professional development or ‘CPD’ using your CPD form. This will help you maintain and develop your professional skills throughout your working life and covers a multitude of training and development opportunities; from formal seminars and training courses to in-house, informal training and self-guided study such as reading.

CPD will also be useful if you are looking to progress through the grades as your career in Arboriculture advances and you want to have access to the many benefits of membership to the association; from the important news in standards and tree care, to access to the latest training courses and studies and research from the Journal, as well as our annual events.

How can I demonstrate my membership?

After your Technician membership application is confirmed you’ll receive your welcome pack which will include your Membership Card for the year.

How will this help me in the industry?

AA Technician membership has many benefits including professional recognition. Your customers will see membership of a professional association as a demonstration of your commitment to standards, skills and knowledge.

Branches, networking and contacts – By joining you automatically become a member of your local branch. Branches are a way of interacting with industry professionals and arborists near to you and they also hold events throughout the year.

Committees and working groups – The AA has a strong structure of committees and working groups made up of volunteers – they work to improve standards and the recognition of the industry as a whole. As a member you’ll be able to contact the chairs of the groups with ideas, queries, or even consult and be a part of committees to help influence their objectives.

Finally your membership will enable your personal development and be part of the progression of a thriving and prosperous industry.

More information on professional grade and requirements here.

Are there any additional options to my membership?

Utility Arboriculture Group (UAG): All our members are also entitled to receive FREE ‘virtual UAG membership’. Virtual UAG members are kept up to date with the latest industry standards and minutes.

Members can also choose ‘full UAG membership’. The Utility Arboriculture Group aim to raise consistency in the level and standards of both tree work and safety nationwide, and its members will have access to minutes and the opportunity to be part of consultation on significant issues. Members will be kept informed on the latest significant issues, health and safety bulletins and latest standards and be able to vote on elections to the UAG Core group. If you have a passion and an interest in raising and advancing tree work standards you can even join the UAG Core group or Arborists Working Group and Consultants Working Group, by nomination, to help progress and steer their initiatives and work.

Utility Arboriculture Group

CHAS Assessments – If you hold Associate membership or higher you could apply to us to process your CHAS renewal this year.