Registered Consulting Arborist®

Grow your career by earning the industry's highest designation—RCA.

There is no higher authority in the arboricultural profession—nor a more objective voice—than a Registered Consulting Arborist® (RCA) on matters involving the health, legal, environmental and aesthetic considerations of trees. RCA's are routinely called upon for expert testimony, damage assessment and appraisal, municipal and commercial landscape planning and development, tree preservation, hazard assessment and other situations requiring the utmost expertise and professionalism.

To become an RCA, you must:

  • Be an active ASCA member
  • Apply to become an RCA
  • Meet stringent requirements for technical education and experience
  • Successfully complete the requirements of our rigorous Consulting Academy
  • Produce a series of consulting reports that meet strict professional review standards

The Consulting Academy's curriculum follows a case study format and is taught by a nationally recognized faculty. Its courses investigate key areas of consultation skills: technical writing and report presentation; mediation; forensics; consulting ethics; and practice management.

RCA Perspectives