Get Chartered

Chartered status denotes your standing within the profession. Externally and internally within your organisation, chartered status gives you parity with other chartered professionals, many of whom you will encounter on a regular basis. Chartered status is an assurance for your employers, customers and the wider public that you are a competent professional. Above all, chartered status will result in greater credibility and faster career progression. 

Only Professional Membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters confers Chartered Forester and Chartered Arboriculturist status and allows the use of the post-nominals MICFor. Whether you are a graduate at the beginning of your professional journey, or an experienced forester or arboriculturist, staff at the Institute of Chartered Foresters will provide you with guidance and support on your route to chartered status.

There are two routes to gaining chartered status: Professional Membership Entry (PME) and Assessed Professional Competence (APC).

Professional Membership Entry (PME)

PME is the standard route to obtaining chartered status and is available only to Associate members of the Institute. This is a four-step assessment process:

  1. Two-year work record demonstrating competency
  2. A career profile (CV)
  3. Critical Analysis (3000 – 3500 words)
  4. Professional Interview


Eligibility for PME is assessed using a points-based system, where applicants must have obtained 10 qualifying points before they can present. Points are awarded to a combination of academic qualification (a degree-level qualification scoring at least 4 ICF points is required) and relevant professional experience (where 1 point is awarded per year of full-time relevant work at a supervisory or managerial level).

Associate members of the Institute have up to 10 years to complete PME from the point of joining but are recommended to start preparing for PME as soon as possible after joining.


The 2021 fees for PME is £450.00 payable in two instalments: £200.00 by 1 June, and £250.00 by 1 August.

To find out more about requirements for joining as an Associate member, please see our Membership Journey Planner or download our information guide:


Assessed Professional Competence (APC)

APC is the non-standard route to obtaining chartered and, in general, should only be used by senior forestry and arboriculture professionals who are not eligible to present via PME. To be eligible to present via APC, candidates are required to possess at fifteen years of relevant experience and to have held a position of senior, strategic responsibility for at least five of those years.

In addition, all candidates applying for Professional Membership via APC must be able to demonstrate all of the following points in their application:

that they have achieved a position of leadership in their profession, where they are responsible for the strategic management and planning of their own work and usually that of colleagues;

  • that their opinions are respected by others such that they are an acknowledged authority or an established name in their field;
  • and that they have a professional influence at a strategic level that extends beyond their day-to-day work environment.


The full fee for APC in 2021 is £790.00. This comprises an application fee of £290.00, which must be paid on submission of an application. Where applicants are invited to attend a professional interview, the interview fee of £500.00 must be paid in advance.

Deadline for Application

Applications can be submitted at any time throughout the year. Those received before 1 August in any year will be assessed and, if invited, will be interviewed in November that year. If sufficient applications have been received before 1 April in any year, interviews will also take place in May/June of that year.



If you have been an ICF member in the past, having resigned or let your membership lapse, and wish to be reinstated, please read our Guide for Reinstatement.


Already hold professional status in the EU?

Further advice and information for individuals who hold professional status outside of the UK is available by contacting ICF directly.


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