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 members are entitled to use the Post Nominals ‘TechArborA’ as recognition of the level of their qualification and experience.

Who can join at this grade?

To become a Technician member you must have an academic Level 3 or above qualification in Arboriculture or a closely related subject. If your qualification is in a related subject you must demonstrate at least 3 years of industry experience via submission of a CV and CPD record.

Please note that regrettably practical skills qualifications (City & Guilds NPTC Level 3 Awards or Lantra Awards 'Licence to Practice' qualifications) are not valid for Technician membership due to their limited scope of study. For examples of acceptable Technician level qualifications please click here

How much does it cost?

Technician Membership costs £169 for the year or from £14.08 a month if you choose to spread the cost over the year via Direct Debit.

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?

Technician Members receive a comprehensive package of benefits:

Use of Post Nominals and Technician Logo – Demonstrate your level of qualification, experience and knowledge.

Free entry to our annual ARB Show at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum. Attracting over 4,000 visitors and featuring a wide range of tree care industry exhibitors, there is lots to see and do at this hugely popular national event. You can check out the latest equipment in the show ground area and have free access to the internationally renowned tree collection.

The AA National Amenity Conference – Discounted entry to our highly regarded annual conference featuring a host of influential speakers from around the globe. The Amenity Conference is a great opportunity to pick up new ideas, find new products and services in our trade exhibition and network within the industry.

Fortnightly 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 news, study, research and collaboration.

Arboricultural Journal – the Aboricultural Association Journal is a valuable resource to practicing and studying arborists. As a technician member you will have online access to the full library of back issues and will receive paper 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 two years of industry experience to become a Professional member or whilst you are working towards a higher level qualification. It also carries significant weight in its own right.

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 and  your certificate. You will also be entitled to use the post nominals 'TechArborA' and can use the Technician logo.

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 you will be part of the progression of a thriving and prosperous industry.

More information on professional grade and requirements

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