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.

ICF-Accredited Courses

Institution Course ICF Points
University of Aberdeen BSc (Hons) Forestry
BSc (Hons) Forest Sciences
BSc (Ord) Forestry
BSc (Ord) Forest Sciences
8
8
7
7
Bangor University
School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography
BSc (Hons) Forestry
BSc (Hons) Conservation with Forestry
BSc Forestry and Environmental Management
MFor Forestry
MSc Agroforestry
MSc Environmental Forestry
MSc Forestry (distance learning)
MSc Tropical Forestry (distance learning)
8
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
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
National School of Forestry
University of Cumbria
BSc (Hons) in Forest Management
BSc (Hons) Forest and Woodland Management
BSc (Hons) Forestry and Woodland Conservation
BSc (Hons) in Woodland Ecology and Conservation
FdSc Forestry
MSc Forest Ecosystem Management
8
8
5
6
5
6
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 (Ord) Sustainable Forest Management (with Forest Conservation)
BSc (Ord) Sustainable Forest Management (with Arboriculture & Urban Forestry)
HND Arboriculture & Urban Forestry
HND Forestry
7

7

5
5

The following HEIs have courses accredited by ICF, which are not currently running:

Moulton College
University of Northampton
FdSc Arboriculture 5
Sparsholt College
University of Portsmouth
BSc (Hons) Woodland Conservation Management
FdSc Woodland Conservation Management
6
5

 

Forestry Careers Advice

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

Royal Forestry Society Forestry Careers Portal

Forestry Career Route Map

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