Your first step to becoming a Chartered Forester or Chartered Arboriculturist is choosing your career path. The forestry sector offers a diverse range of roles, from forest pathologist, forest ranger or forest manager to arboriculturist, urban forester or biodiversity officer. Here you’ll find a range of resources to take your first step in choosing a forestry or arboricultural career, including ICF-accredited courses and links to case studies.

Forestry and Arboriculture Courses

ICF-accredited forestry and arboricultural courses have a given number points awarded for the level of qualification. These points may be used as part of the chartership process, along with work experience.

If you possess a qualification that is no longer taught or isn’t currently accredited, please contact the Institute. The Institute maintains an archive database of historic qualifications, which can be used to determine qualifying points awarded.

ICF-ACCREDITED COURSES – Currently Accepting new students

Institution Course ICF Points
Bangor University
BSc (Hons) Forestry

BSc (Hons) Forestry with placement year
BSc (Hons) Conservation with Forestry

BSc (Hons) Conservation with Forestry with placement year
BSc Forestry and Environmental Management
MFor Forestry
MSc Agroforestry and Food Security
MSc Environmental Forestry
MSc Forestry (Distance Learning)
MSc Tropical Forestry (Distance Learning)

8

8
6

6
7
8
5
6
5/6
6

Harper Adams University
MSc Forestry Management
MSc Conservation and Forest Protection
BSc (Hons) Countryside Management
BSc (Hons) Countryside and Environment Management
6
6
5
5
National School of Forestry
(University of Cumbria)
BSc (Hons) in Forest Management
BSc (Hons) in Woodland Ecology and Conservation
FdSc Forestry
8
6
5
Myerscough College
(University of Central Lancashire)
MSc Arboriculture & Urban Forestry
BSc (Hons) Arboriculture & Urban Forestry
FdSc Arboriculture
6
8
5
Scottish School of Forestry
(Inverness College UHI)
BSc (Hons) Forest Management (Forestry)
BSc (Hons) Forest Management (Arboriculture and Urban Forestry)BSc (Ord) Sustainable Forest Management (With Forest Conservation)
BSc (Ord) Sustainable Forest Management (With Arboriculture and Urban Forestry)HND Arboriculture & Urban Forestry
HND Forestry
8/7
77
75

Historically ACCREDITED COURSES

The following courses are no longer accepting new students, students who have completed these courses are still able to claim the relevant ICF points for the PME process to become a Chartered Member.

Moulton College
(University of Northampton)
FdSc Arboriculture 5
Sparsholt College
(University of Portsmouth)
BSc (Hons) Woodland Conservation Management
FdSc Woodland Conservation Management
6
5
Plumpton College
(University of Brighton)
FdSc Arboriculure
FdSc Forestry & Woodland Management
5
5
Pershore College
(Warwickshire College)
FdSc Arboriculture
BSc (Hons) Arboriculture and Tree Management
5
8
University of Aberdeen MSc Environmental and Forest Management

PgDip Environmental and Forest Management

6

5

Forestry Careers Advice

Looking for more information on arboricultural or forestry careers? Here’s a list of organisations providing useful resources:

Careers In Forestry (Royal Forestry Society)

Which? University

Prospects:

Forest / Woodland Manager

Arboriculturist