Ben has been a Registered Consultant with the Arboricultural Association since 2006 and before this was employed by local authorities including Hampshire County Council.
Ben has been working in arboriculture since 1993, starting as a tree contractor and working his way up to managing a team of climbers, large contracts and a tree contracting company overseas.
His qualifications include:
- Professional Diploma in Arboriculture (Prof Dip (Arb)) hosted by Royal Forestry Society – previously known as the ‘Masters in Arboriculture and the Professional Diploma in Arboriculture’, this is currently the highest qualification in arboriculture.
- MICFor (Professional membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters) – a postgraduate course accredited by the ICF, as well as a period of mentoring, a written assessment and an oral examination. Continuing professional development is a requirement of membership.
- Technicians Certificate in Arboriculture (Tech Cert) hosted by the Arboricultural Association – a Level 4 qualification in the National Qualifications Framework providing a good level of understanding of current arboricultural industry best practice to help professionals progress to the Prof Dip (Arb).
- Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Forestry – an entry level course for arboricultural or forestry contractors and supervisors
- Certificate in Arboriculture (Royal Forestry Society) – a Level 2 qualification in the National Qualifications Framework based on practical competencies such as chainsaw use and tree climbing.