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Rebecca Heaton FICFor

Rebecca Heaton FICFor

How has chartered status helped your career?

It connects me to the wider industry, and as my career hasn’t been entirely typical, it’s really important to me that I maintain this connection.

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

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 a whole.

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

I think any professional qualification is extremely valuable. I mentioned professional development earlier, and this is something which is very important to me. It demonstrates commitment, it gives you a certain standing within your own industry and provides a level of reassurance for those outside of the industry that actually, you are an expert in your field. It also has a strong Code of Conduct that is upheld.

What motivated you to become chartered?

The learning opportunities were an important driver in joining initially, and over time I’ve realised the impact of membership on my CV, it’s a recognised qualification that has helped me in my career.

Why do you choose the Institute of Chartered Foresters?

It’s the obvious choice for a forestry graduate.

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

I am an assessor for the Institute, and this is something I really enjoy. It helped me to become a better interviewer in my own job, and it’s been another way of meeting industry professionals.

But probably the best thing the Institute gives me is the opportunity to debate forestry issues over a beer or two after the main business of the day is over.

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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.

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

Being chartered gives me professional recognition and reassurance to my clients of the quality they are seeking.

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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