The RCA: Eligibility and Fees


To become a Registered Consulting Arborist® (RCA), you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a current ASCA member.
  • Be a graduate of ASCA’s Consulting Academy. Graduates of ASCA’s Consulting Academy are able to deliver stronger work products after participating in sessions on the principles related to a professional consulting practice, the function of a consultant, best practices for report writing, the dispute resolution process, and the role of forensic investigation.
  • Meet continuing education requirements. You must have earned 420 CEUs to meet the continuing education requirement.


  • A $100 fee is due at the time of application submission.
  • A report review fee of $100 must accompany each report (two reports total).
  • A $50 fee is due each year to maintain your RCA.