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Arboricultural Association

Membership details & grades

AA membership is either personal or corporate. Entry requirements and the benefits associated with each grade are detailed below. A comparative summary of the benefits of each grade can be found by clicking here.

Personal Membership

Various grades of membership are open to individuals

Student

This grade is open to full-time students for maximum of three years. Summary of benefits >

Ordinary

This grade is open to anyone. Summary of benefits >

Associate

This grade is open to anyone. Summary of benefits >

Technician

This grade is open to anyone with a Qualifications and Credits Framework level 3 or above qualification in arboricultiure or a related subject (see list of level 3 qualifications) supported by evidence of experience in the industry. Summary of benefits >

Professional

This grade is open to anyone with a Qualifications and Credits Framework level 5 or above qualification in arboriculture or a related subject supported by evidence of experience in the industry (see list of level 5 qualifications) and two years AA membership at Associate or Technician grade post qualification (or pre qualification if the applicant can prove full time involvement in the industry at a professional level for at least two years). Summary of benefits >

Fellow

This grade is open to anyone with a Qualifications and Credits Framework level 5 or above qualification in arboriculture or a related subject supported by evidence of experience in the industry and five years AA membership at Professional grade post qualification. Summary of benefits >

Fellow Retired

Only open to Fellows who wish to retain the Fellow title, but the title and post-nominals must be followed by "Retd". Summary of benefits >

Corporate Membership

Corporate membership is preferred by some organisations because they receive multiple copies of literatre enabling quicker distribution. Corporate membership is often taken by companies/councils/libraries etc. Summary of benefits >

Choose Optional Extras

The Utility Arboriculture Group

This specialist sector of the arboriculture industry is represented by the AA's Utility Arboriculture Group.

  • UAG Virtual Member:
    This is open to all, including non-AA members and you will receive by email minutes of the UAG meetings, the quarterly bulletin (previously published in the ARB Magazine), and information on the work of the UAG. It's free - simply email admin@trees.org.uk and ask to join the virtual UAG.
  • UAG Full Member:
    For a small surcharge to your AA subscription you can become a full member of the UAG. You will receive by email minutes of the UAG meetings, the quarterly bulletin (published in the ARB Magazine), you will be consulted on the work of the UAG, you will be invited to stand for election to the Core Group of the UAG and will be invited to vote for Core Group candidates.
  • UAG Core Group Member:
    Core Group Members carry out the work of achieving the UAG's purpose which includes formulating the AA's response to government consultations etc.

Chartered Status

The Arboricultural Association is a body licensed by the Society for the Environment. This means that it is licensed to confer the status of Chartered Environmentalist on its Professional and Fellow members. Read more >

Note 1
Notes on Promotion and AA Logo Use

Members are encouraged to promote their membership of the AA in their promotional material so long as (a) it is clearly associated with their membership grade and (b) it is clear that this does not imply approval or registration by the AA such as under the Approved Contractor or Registered Consultant schemes (unless so approved or registered) and (c) it does not accompany use of the AA's logo (unless approved or registered).

Examples of approved formats are therefore Fred Bloggs, Associate Member of the Arboricultural Association or Fred Bloggs, TerchArborA or Fred Bloggs and Co is a Corporate Member of the Arboricultrual Association.

Only Arboricultural Association Registered Consultants and AA Approved Contractors can use the Association's logo as follows Registered Consultants may use the Association's logo with the words 'Collective Mark' and Registered Consultants underneath in approved format.

Approved Contractors may use the Association's logo with the words 'Collective Mark' and Approved Contractor underneath in approved format.

Note 2
Data Protection and Privacy Policy

We will use the information you have provided to us in order to send you the information and publications to which members are entitled so long as you remain current of any membership subscriptions due. The informtion and publications we send you may be accompanied by advertising material. We may contact you to discuss matters pertinent to arboriculture or your membership of the AA. We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. From time to time third parties may wish to contact you with advertising material or to discuss matters pertinent to arboriculture. Please complete the relevant section of the application form to let us know whether or not you wish the AA to let third parties know your contact details.

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Progression through the AA's personal career-grade membership structure brings increasing benefits and professional recognition as well as the option of Chartered status.