For any consultant, belonging to the Arboricultural Association’s Registered Consultant (AARC) scheme is both a commitment and an achievement. The scheme is recognised, throughout the industry and beyond, as representing the highest level of attainment for a professional arboricultural consultant.
Benefits of AA Registered Consultancy:
- Professionalism and reputation
- An entry in the AARC online directory which has over 2,000 views per month
- Business opportunities through acquired status
- Access to the AARC online forum
- Continued development through attendance at the AARC annual Standards and Development Day
- Use of AARC logo.
In order to become an AARC, individuals must first reach the prerequisite level in qualifications, study and experience, and be able to demonstrate a clear understanding and working knowledge of arboriculture and how it is practically applied in a variety of situations. The awarding of AARC status to an industry professional – whether a consultant or, for example, a tree officer – is made following a rigorous assessment process. All applicants must meet the required business and professional standards.
Once registered with the scheme, consultants are expected to maintain a high standard of professional practice (as detailed in the Application Guide) and to pay an annual subscription fee, which is currently £765.00 plus VAT. Registered Consultants are also subject to an on-going Quality Assurance Process – see below.