Matthew recently took the VETCert Consulting Level examination in October 2023 at the National Trust Dinefwr estate in Carmarthenshire, Wales. Matthew already holds the Practising Level qualification and was one of the first candidates in the UK to do so in 2019 with the examination taking place at Hatfield Forest. Matthew also currently works as an examiner for The Arboricultural Association for the practising level qualification. We are pleased to say that we have received the news today that he has now also passed the Consulting Level exam achieving a very high score.
The consulting level of VETcert exam is a certification scheme for veteran tree specialists who provide advice on the care and management of ancient and other veteran trees. The consulting level of the VETcert exam is a one-day exam. It consists of a written exam with open questions, an outdoor part with exercises and oral questioning and the writing of a veteran tree management report.
The achievement of this qualification cements Matthew’s passion and interest in caring for ancient and veteran trees in our landscapes. Matthew encourages anyone who provides advice on the care and management of ancient and other veteran trees to undertake the training and sit the examination. Candidates should have at least five years of relevant experience in total, of which three should be in an advisory role. Further details of the qualification is available from the VETcert website or you can contact The Arboricultural Association.