Founded in 1964, the Arboricultural Association is the largest membership organisation in the UK representing amenity tree care. We exist to promote urban trees and the professionalism of all those who care for them.

The AA continually strives to raise awareness of the importance of urban and amenity trees and give a voice to everyone working within this wide and varied industry. By working with us, you can help to progress all of the disciplines of arboriculture and make our villages, towns and cities greener.

In turn, membership with the AA provides you with support and benefits that are tailored to your needs as you progress your career in arboriculture. From Student membership through to Fellowship and Retired Fellowship, we are with you every step of the way, whatever your career path.

Making The Most Membership 2017

Our members have access to a wide range of benefits, along with the opportunity to get involved with the key developments and decisions in the industry and make their voices heard.

To help you make the most of your 2017 membership, download our leaflet.


Subject to membership grade, as a member you will have access to:

  • Professional recognition with post-nominals from Technician level upwards
  • The International Journal of Arboriculture
  • The ARB Magazine
  • Discounts on AA training courses, trade supplies and business services through our Member Benefit Scheme
  • Technical Advice and documentation
  • Access to Members’ Area of the website and member only resources
  • Access to further Environmental Accreditations
  • Online CPD recording
  • Regional Branch events
  • Free entry to the annual ARB Show – the UK’s largest arboricultural trade show
  • Huge discounts for the AA’s Annual Amenity Conference
  • Access to subject specific member forums and discussion groups

Whether you are an arborist or arboriculturist, a tree officer or a tree climber there is a membership option for you; have a look at the different grades available below:

  • Student
  • Open to any full time student or apprentice studying arboriculture or a related subject. You will receive all of the key member benefits including both of our publications to help with your coursework and free technical advice.
  • £10
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  • Ordinary
  • A great first step into AA membership, ideal for the jobbing arborist or anyone with an interest in the management of trees. You will have access to all of our online resources, exclusive supplier discounts and the ARB Magazine to keep you up to date.
  • £60
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  • Associate
  • A substantial membership grade, ideal for anyone involved in arboriculture or related industries. You will receive all of the training and trade discounts, paper publications and online resources you need to support your career.
  • £130
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  • Technician
  • If you have a Level 3 or higher qualification in arboriculture and want to stand out from the crowd this is the grade for you. All of the benefits of Associate membership with the additional recognition you need to progress. Ideal for arborists and arboriculturists alike.
  • £155
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  • Professional
  • If you have over two years professional experience as an arborist or arboriculturalist and either a Level 5 qualification or equivalent industry knowledge, this is the membership grade for you. You will be recognised as one of our higher tier members and receive all of the member benefits available.
  • £175
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  • Corporate
  • Supports your entire business, offering the full raft of benefits with training discounts for all of your staff members and two copies of all publications. Ideal for any organisation with a strong focus on any aspect of arboriculture.
  • £310
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Ready to progress your membership?

Have you been a member for a while and feel ready to progress? Or are you simply moving into another branch of arboriculture? Now might be the time to look at your membership options.


If you’ve been working in the industry at a Professional level for over two years and have now acheived a Level 5 qualification or feel ready to take the Professional assessment you can apply to become a Professional member. Recognised by the post nominal MArborA, Professional membership is the next step for consultants, tree officers, academics and those with their own businesses.

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The very pinnacle of AA membership. Fellows are recognised and well respected throughout the industry. Recognised for their high levels of experience, expertise and contribution to arboriculture. Fellowship is the aspiration of many consultants, expert witnesses and academics.

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Chartered Environmentalist

Looking to enhance your Professional or Fellow membership? Have you considered becoming a Chartered Environmentalist? Become a CEnv through the AA and demonstrate to your clients the sound environmental ethos that underpins your practice.

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Returning to AA membership?

If you have been a member previously and have a login, please sign in to see your reinstatement options. If you do not have a login or have any queries, please contact our membership team on 01242 522 152.

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