Abi St. Aubyn MICFor

Abi St. Aubyn MICFor

How has chartered status helped your career?

Being chartered gives me professional recognition and reassurance to my clients of the quality they are seeking. Some business is referred directly from the Institute’s Directory of Consultants.

How does being a member of the institution help you do your job better?

Training courses, keeping up to date with events in the industry, opportunities to network at training events and opportunities to increase my knowledge of disciplines on the periphery of my main field.

Why is the Institute of Chartered Foresters membership important to you?

Shows a level of accomplishment that gives reassurance to clients.  They may not know the difference between the range of arboricultural qualifications out there, but everyone understands that to be chartered you have reached a stage in your career where you have attained qualifications and experience to be proficient in what you do.  Also, it is important in legal work, for expert witness reports to show, that I have attained the standard to become chartered.

What motivated you to become chartered?

It was a natural next step in my career.

Why do you choose the Institute of Chartered Foresters?

Because it holds the charter for arboriculturists.

What is the best thing you’ve done through your ICF membership?

I’ve joined the South England Regional Committee which offers a great opportunity to give something back to the industry.  It’s an opportunity to meet up informally with other arboriculturists and foresters in the south-east.  It’s good to understand all the activity that is going on behind the scenes at head office and have input into future training courses on offer.  The commitment isn’t too onerous – only one meeting a year (held at a pub over lunch) and then to be on hand to help organise two or three regional training events throughout the year.

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As well as demonstrating my continued commitment to the forestry industry, I believe that chartered status will be a strong foundation upon which to develop my career and build professional relationships based on trust and respect.

Being chartered reassures my clients that they are working with someone that has achieved industry recognition.

Being a member means I have people I can talk to about issues I want to know more about. Through the commitment to continued professional development, the Institute encourages me to better myself by learning more about the industry as…

Working towards becoming a Chartered Forester has enabled me to grow my forestry skills with confidence within a nurturing and supportive environment.

ICF Membership has provided me with the opportunity to learn from other professionals, to better understand the different pressures and opportunities within the wider industry.

Being chartered has enabled me to contribute to enhancing the overall status of the arboricultural profession, which is very important to me.

I feel that one of the most important parts of being a member is the need to undertake and record CPD.

Being chartered is a clear indication of my values.


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