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Join us today and start your journey to becoming a Chartered Forester or Chartered Arboriculturist.



This entry-level membership is open to anyone undertaking an appropriate full or part-time course of study within the UK.

As a Student member, you’ll learn about the profession from the inside and gain insight into the range of careers available to you. You can get involved with Institute activities in your region and grow your network and professional credibility.

There is no better way to get to know your sector and gain the experience you need to stand out to prospective employers.

  • Keep up with sector developments in our quarterly TREES magazine.
  • Access training and learning opportunities with student rates and priority booking for the Institute’s National Events.
  • We’ll keep you informed of career opportunities through our sector vacancy service.



Associate membership is open to those who have successfully completed an appropriate course of study as they work to gain the professional experience required to attain chartered status.

As an Associate member, you will join other qualified professionals and demonstrate your commitment to becoming chartered by growing your credibility with employers and colleagues. You can raise your profile and grow your influence across the sector as you progress towards chartered status.

  • Access the Institute’s exclusive Members’ Area, featuring 150+ hours of online CPD content and full access to our TREES magazine and Forestry journal archives.
  • Use our online CPD tracker to monitor your personal and professional development.
  • We’ll provide comprehensive support throughout your journey towards chartered status.



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

  • Keep up with sector developments in our quarterly TREES magazine.
  • Priority booking for the Institute’s national events.
  • Access members-only resources via the Institute’s online Members’ Area.
  • Access to LinkedIn members’ discussion forums and all Institute events.

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Discover the benefits of membership


  • Practical CPD tools, guidance and support
  • Exclusive quarterly members’ magazine TREES
  • Free access to Forestry journal – 100+ issues available
  • Online Members’ Area
  • Members-only events and talks
  • Wealth of online resources -120+ hours of video content

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