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Consulting Arborist Society

Enabling tree professionals to grow and develop

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Consulting Arborist Society

Enabling tree professionals to grow and develop

The Consulting Arborist Society represents tree specialists (sometimes called arboricultural consultants) from a range of backgrounds. Some have decades of practical experience as arborists undertaking tree work. Some are Arboricultural Association Registered Consultants. Many are Professional Members of the Arboricultural Association. All are tree specialists who practice tree care and have been accredited for the specific skills they are promoted for under our directory.

The main category of membership is the Professional category.
This is open to practicing arborists who hold at least one of the eight Areas of Professional Competency. You should have at least four years experience in arboriculture of which a minimum of one year needs to be in a consulting role. This can include working as a tree officer, a role providing advice such as a team leader for a climbing team or running your own practice. You should hold Professional Indemnity Insurance to a minimum of £500,000. We encourage members to hold, or be prepared to study for, a recognised arboricultural qualification to level four or above.
Standard Membership Details
This category is for those who support the aims of CAS, and wish to receive the magazine, but have not become accredited (and may not wish to).  Standard members benefit from discounts on CAS-run courses.

Professional Membership Details
A Professional Member has been accredited as competent in at least one of the eight Areas of Professional Competency (APCs) recognised by the society.  Holding Professional Indemnity Insurance to at least £500,000, with at least four years of industry experience, the member is ideally qualified to, or training towards a level four qualification in arboriculture.

Benefits include being listed on the CAS directory for Professional Members, use of the logo, access to all technical articles and archive material on the CAS Magazine site, discounts on CAS-run courses and free attendance on two CPD seminars each year.  Only CAS members can pursue training accredited by the Planning Portal in making on-line planning applications.

Corporate Membership Details
This category is for practices with two or more consulting arborists.  The package includes membership for up to three accredited consulting arborists.  The discounts on CAS-run courses are extended to all staff for whom training is relevant.  Only CAS-accredited members are permitted to use the logo.

Prospective members are required to have a minimum of four years of relevant industry experience, of which at least one year needs to be in a role providing advice. This could be working as a tree officer or leading tree works operations where you are advising clients. If in doubt, please ask. We also require that you hold a recognised qualification in arboriculture to QCF level four or above. This can include the AA Technician’s Certificate, or a Foundation degree. If you do not have such a qualification, we simply ask that you be willing to take this within five years of joining.

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