Routes To Membership

Routes to ICF Chartered Status

Many professional foresters and arboriculturists begin by completing an undergraduate or postgraduate course recognised by the Institute of Chartered Foresters. But many people who have not studied forestry or arboriculture join our sector looking for a new career. These members may have qualifications in related or very different subjects and wish to gain professional qualifications to demonstrate their competence and knowledge. They may already have experience working in forestry or arboriculture or they may just be starting out in their career. Either way joining the Institute as an Associate represents the first step to becoming chartered.


Professional Membership Entry

The next step is to undertake a period of management experience to develop the knowledge, understanding and professionalism required to practise as a Chartered Forester or Arboriculturist in the UK. Professional Membership Entry (PME) is the structured assessment period carried out by Associate members who wish to achieve promotion to chartered status. This is the standard route to chartered status where Associates can demonstrate their applied professionalism using our online system.

Individuals can progress at their own pace on condition of taking their exam within 15 years of becoming an Associate member, but must have a minimum of two years management or supervisory experience in order to progress to the final stage of written assessment and oral examination.

Successful completion of the PME means you are eligible to become a Professional Member of the Institute. You may use the initials MICFor after your name and use the title of Chartered Forester or Chartered Arboriculturist, which is a designation protected by law.

Becoming MICFor is a milestone, rather than the end to a forestry or arboriculture professional’s learning and development. As with other chartered professions, being a Chartered Forester or Chartered Arboriculturist involves making a commitment to keeping your skills up to date. All chartered members are required to complete 100 hours Continuing Professional Development (CPD) every 3 years.

ICF Associate Information

Download the guide below for further information on the PME process.

Download Associate Membership Information Guide >>

Routes for Senior Forestry and Arboricultural Professionals

Senior professionals who are not currently members of the Institute can apply to become members through the Assessed Professional Competence (APC) route.

Former Chartered members who wish to be reinstated to membership must apply for formal reinstatement and go through the Institute’s election process.

In addition, as a Licensed Member Body of the Society for the Environment the Institute is able to offer Chartered Members of the ICF the opportunity to apply to become a Chartered Environmentalist.

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