Associate membership is perfect for anyone with an interest in trees. It’s also an excellent option for those starting out in the industry and looking to develop their career progression.
Who can join at this grade?
Associate membership can be attained by anyone with an interest in trees or in the tree care industry and is an excellent tool for anyone looking to get into the industry ,or simply for those who want to advance their knowledge and keep in touch with latest news and studies, equipment and key issues.
How much does it cost?
Associate Membership costs £135 per year for UK members.
You can pay in several ways, including monthly Direct Debit and card payment.
Please note our membership year runs from 1st January to 31st December, so if you join midway through the year, your fee will be prorated to the nearest quarter year rate. Members joining in December will pay for the next year and receive December free. Overseas members will be charged a small additional shipping fee included in their membership rate.
What do I get?
Associate Members receive a the full package of benefits apart from post nominals:
Membership discount card – An Associate membership card entitles you to some fantastic offers from a host of over 40 suppliers in the industry. From clothing to software and even hotels, there’s plenty of perks for all our members!
Access to free advice from Arboricultural Association Technical Officers - as a member you are entitled to free advice from our technical officers who are on hand to advise you on anything from TPOs to health and safety and best practice.
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 Arboricultural 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 – Associate 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 student 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 - as a member you are entitled to FREE advice from our technical officers who are on hand to advise you on anything from TPOs to health and safety and best practice.
How can I demonstrate my membership?
After your membership application is confirmed you’ll receive your welcome pack which will include your Membership Card for the year with your official membership number.
Does this count towards membership/grade progression?
Associate membership counts towards grade progression. You can upgrade to Technician or after 2 years as a member can apply for Professional membership.
Other than following our professional code of conduct, there are no obligations, but it is good practice to keep an account and take advantage of all career learning and development opportunities. 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 is not obligatory for Associate members but will 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.
More information on professional grade and requirements here.
How will this help me in the industry?
AA 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.
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, 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.