Arboricultural Association will relaunch Approved Contractor scheme, says Eden

The Arboricultural Association has launched a consultation into its Approved Contractor scheme that will inform a major revamp from 2011.

The cost of the scheme and the difficulty in achieving the Approved Contractor status are expected to be major issues for people responding to the consultation, said Arboricultural Association director Nick Eden.

The Arb Association Approved Contractor consultation is open to everyone, he added, and will impact on the scheme's relaunch in January 2011.

"It's the first time we've specifically gone this wide in asking for comments, because in the past it has been restricted to professional committees," explained Eden.

"We expect several hundred responses. It is people's opportunity to say whether it's too hard, or too expensive, or anything else they are concerned about.

"I think a fair number of people will say it's too hard because it's above industry minimum standards."

Assessment for the scheme will cost £843 in 2010 and Eden added he expected some people to say that is too expensive. But he argued that two assessors for a full day and a written report, as well as the benefits of reaching the standard were worth the price.

"The more responses we get the better," he added. The consultation is open until 31 December 2009.

 

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