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. It is available only to Associate members of the Institute. This is a five-step assessment process:

  1. Two-year work record demonstrating professional competency
  2. Two-year CPD record, demonstrating a commitment to personal and professional development
  3. A career profile (CV)
  4. A Critical Analysis (3000 – 3500 words analysising professional conduct in a challenging situation at work)
  5. A 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 points is required) and relevant professional experience (with 1 point awarded per year of full-time relevant work in a supervisory, managerial or scientific capacity).

Associate members of the Institute have up to 10 years to complete PME but we advise starting to prepare for PME as soon as possible after joining.


The 2021 fee 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 via the link below:


Assessed Professional Competence (APC)

APC is the non-standard route to obtaining chartered status. In general, it is only available to senior forestry and arboriculture professionals who are not eligible to present via PME. To be eligible to apply via APC, candidates must possess at least fifteen years of relevant experience and have held a position of senior, strategic responsibility for at least the last 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.
If you are considering applying for Professional Membership via APC, please contact us directly.


The full fee for APC in 2021 is £790. This comprises an application fee of £290, paid on submission of an application, and an interview fee of £500, payable when applicants are invited to attend a professional interview.

Deadline for Application

Applications may be submitted at any time. Those received before 1 August in any year will be assessed ahead of the professional interviews held in November. 

If sufficient applications are received before 1 April, an additional round of professional interviews may be held in the early summer.



If you have been a member of the Institute previously, 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 us directly.

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