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<Gerry Kuta>
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Does one need to belong to CLTA in order to effectively be recognized in legal circles when putting forth a appraised value?
 
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<Scott Cullen>
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Reply to post by Gerry Kuta, on January 12, 2001 at 10:19:13:

CTLA is a consortium of industry associations not individuals. Maybe Lew can comment further.
 
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<lewbloch>
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Reply to post by Scott Cullen, on January 12, 2001 at 10:19:13:

CTLA is comprised of 1 delegate from each of the 7 "green industry" associations that comprise the council. It does change from time to time, and there is no membership or joining. In order to be recognized as an expert in court, one should be able to prove their expertise. Membership in certain associations helps, but is not a requirement.

Lew
 
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<Russ Carlson>
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Reply to post by Gerry Kuta, on January 12, 2001 at 10:19:13:

As Lew and Scott pointed out, Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers is a committee of appointed specialists who represent the participating organizations. It is not a membership organization, but an advisory one that provides guidance on the appraisal of plants.

You credibility as an appraiser is based your specific education and experience. That can be enhanced by furthering your education through courses and seminars, completing appraisals in various situations, and by joining one or more of the seven member organizations of CTLA.

Most arborists will be members of ISA and/or ASCA. But joining an organization is not enough by itself. You need the education they provide. The ISA Certified Arborist program and the ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist program go a long way toward credentials, but they only represent a level of knowledge and skill, nothing more.
 
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<Scott>
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Reply to post by Russ Carlson, on January 12, 2001 at 10:19:13:

Russ has very accurately summarized the topic. A fuller treatment is Chapter 10 of the Guide for Plant Appraisal 9th Edition which is a must on you appraiser's bookshelf.
 
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