Funding Announced for CAS-run Courses

Funding Announced for CAS-run Courses

By Mark Chester, 21 July 2015

We are delighted to announce that members of the Consulting Arborist Society can access financial support for attending the various courses run by the society, subject to meeting certain criteria.  The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills is supporting arborists to develop training via the Forestry Learning Network, which has advised that all of the CAS courses are suitable for support.

The scheme is available for consulting arborists who are based in or operate within England, are aged at least 19 and undertake at least half their work in arboriculture or forestry.

How does it work?  The individual joins the Forestry Learning Network (cost £140 + VAT) and agrees a programme of professional development.  Training is then subsidised, with the individual paying £6 + VAT for each hour of training.  So if the individual attends the one day Mortgage course lasting 6 hours and costing £150 + VAT, they pay 6 x £6 (£36 + VAT) with the Forestry Learning Network paying the balance to the Consulting Arborist Society.

For individuals taking the Bond Solon training, a total of 30 hours of training has been identified across the five days.  These would be subsidised by £30 per hour (a total of £900) in addition to the other savings.

The funding is available until 2017, and is limited to just 250 individuals.  To register YOUR interest, contact Mark Chester at or funding co-ordinator Emily Maclean at

Mark Chester

Mark Chester is a practising tree consultant at Cedarwood Tree Care, executive director of the Consulting Arborist Society and a former Tree Officer. A graduate in Amenity Horticulture, he holds the AA Technician′s Certificate. He is a Chartered Arboriculturist and Chartered Environmentalist. A Fellow of the Arboricultural Association and professional member of the Institute of Horticulture, he is a Cardiff University Expert Witness. Follow me on Google +.