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Student Membership

You are a full or part-time student of a UK higher education institute, studying forestry, arboriculture or a complementary subject.


Associate Membership

You have a higher level education qualification in forestry, arboriculture or a complementary subject. You could already be employed, or are looking to join the sector in the UK, and wish to become chartered.


Professional Membership (MICFor)

Route 1:

You have completed Professional Membership Entry (PME) and have been awarded chartered status. This is a four-step exam process, consisting of a two-year competency record, career profile, critical analysis and a professional interview.

Route 2:

You have completed Assessed Professional Competence (APC) and have been awarded chartered status. This route is for senior professionals only and is not the standard route of entry. It requires the demonstration of having a minimum of 15 years’ experience, five of which have been at a senior level.



You have held chartered status for more than five years, and have a minimum of 10 years' professional experience. ICF membership recognises talent, expertise and a particular contribution to the profession. The attainment of fellowship should be the goal to which all Chartered Members aspire. It is a mark of your professional achievements and the level at which your colleagues and cross-sector peers will measure you.


Not eligible for chartered status? Don’t worry, you can still avail of many of the benefits of ICF membership by joining us as a Supporter. This membership category is for individuals with an interest in forestry and arboriculture who wish to be involved with ICF and receive our Chartered Forester magazine.

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