A mark of practical experience and professional credibility, Technical membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters will boost respect and recognition from your senior colleagues, peers, clients, stakeholders and members of the public.
Our Technical members are:
Members voted in 2021 to introduce Technical membership to support and recognise an under-represented cohort of skilled arboriculturists and foresters.
Routes to Technical membership
Is Technical membership right for you?
Technical Membership Entry (TME)
TME is the only route to obtaining Technical membership and gaining the TechICFor postnominal. TME is a four-step assessment process:
- The Career Profile – a demonstration of understanding of professional development as outlined in an extended curriculum vitae
- The Work Record – a verified record of work experience against a range of defined Competency Areas, over a period of not less than two years
- The Technical Evidence – an account of a work-based situation in which you are able to demonstrate your technical proficiency
- The E-Learning module – an online learning resource that will challenge you to consider elements of professionalism in areas of arboriculture and forestry pertinent to you.
Full details about the requirements of each of these steps can be found in the TME Guidance Notes.
After a period, Technical members may progress to Professional membership via Professional Membership Entry if applicable.
Eligibility for TME is assessed using a points-based system, where applicants must have obtained five qualifying points before they can present. Points are awarded through a combination of relevant technical experience and structured professional development.
All applicants must have a minimum of two years relevant practical experience
Applicants with no academic experience are eligible to apply if they can demonstrate a significant body of relevant practical experience through evidence of their technical competency
Academic qualifications will be rewarded with a maximum of three qualifying points, but applicants must still have an additional two years of relevant technical experience – the standard accreditation of academic qualifications can be found in the TME Guidance Notes.
The 2024 fee for TME is £295 and should be paid with the submission of the TME1 Registration Form. There are two TME submission deadlines every year: 1 March and 1 August.
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