Qualified Arborists is an exciting initiative promoting professional Australian arborists that is transitioning to the first professional membership organisation of its kind in Australia. At present we offer a directory of around 40 providers Australia-wide of professional arboricultural services.
Who will be our members?
Qualified Arborists is designed to represent professionally qualified arborists united by a commitment to the continuing professionalisation of arboriculture.
We offer a listing of quality providers around Australia and invite applications for membership. Specifically, we are seeking applications for membership from listed or so-far unlisted providers who can offer industry leadership through a commitment to upholding, raising and promoting national industry standards for:
- trade qualifications
- quality of service
- value for money
- customer service
- respect and care for trees and the environment.
If you are already listed in our directory and would like to become an inaugural member of our organisation, please submit an application via our ‘Join Qualified Arborists’ form below, checking the box to indicate that you already have a listing. New applicants for our directory and membership are also welcomed and may use the same form.
Membership is presently free of charge. As Qualified Arborists becomes established and recognised, we envisage charging a small annual fee for membership in return for listing on our directory and consequent endorsement by the organisation, and access to a professional forum that promotes the industry and professionalisation of it.
We aim to also provide access to the sharing of business, professional and industry knowledge and information between our members and the existing state and national industry associations.
In the longer term, we aim to become a provider of specialist professional development training.
What we ask of you
We have listed providers whose credentials we trust on our directory, and invite listed providers to use our form to provide further information about your services, and to join as members.
A dual goal alongside that of making the organisation a credible professional body is to create a powerful commercial tool for members.
We therefore seek two kinds of input from applicant providers during this transition phase:
1. Requirements for membership. We ask that listed providers or those seeking listing provide certified copies of the following forms of documentation:
- formal qualifications of key staff (minimum Cert III in Horticulture (Arboriculture) or equivalent)
- proof of current affiliation with a state or national industry body, e.g., Queensland Arboriculture Association, Victoria Tree Industry Organisation or your state’s equivalent, and/or Arboriculture Australia
- your company’s insurance policies – for public liability, etc etc to a minimum value of $20 million
- list of all vehicles and equipment, each of which must be less than 10 years old.
2. Business information derived from listing on the Qualified Arborists directory. We ask that inaugural members track, collate and provide to us the following information:
- number and type (e.g., residential, commercial, government, environmental management) of leads through the Qualified Arborists site
- value of work generated through leads from the site, in gross terms and as a proportion of your trade
- your suggestions for the site and the organisation
- your suggestions for the continuing work of professionalisation of arboriculture.
Join Qualified Arborists
We welcome applications to join our directory. Applications may be submitted online via filling out our online form and uploading scans of documents or by post by downloading and posting the PDF and hard copies of documents.
Successful applicants will also be eligible to become inaugural members of the membership organisation.
We take the professional credentials of our members and reputation of our profession seriously. Please note that we require certified copies of all documents, whether scanned and uploaded or posted as hard copies. Documents should be certified by a person who is authorised as a witness for statutory declarations under the Statutory Declarations Regulations 1993 – Schedule 2. There are a wide range of occupations and office holders who can certify documents, so finding someone suitable should not present difficulties.