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Technical membership

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?

"Before joining Forestry England in 2021, I had no prior experience of forestry, but had a master’s degree in environmental science, and considerable voluntary experience in land management. Technical membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters is a great way to obtain professional recognition if you do not have the ‘traditional’ qualifications and experience. It also ensures I am recognised as a forestry professional in any future roles I undertake in the sector."
Anna Leveridge
Forest Planner, Forestry England
"I have a Level 4 qualification in Arboriculture and less than five years of managerial experience so I am not yet eligible to present for Professional Membership Entry (PME). Technical membership is the perfect steppingstone for someone in my position to become a Chartered Arboriculturist in the future. The TechICFor postnominal demonstrates your competency, knowledge, and prospect to succeed – I would recommend the process to anyone looking to start their journey to chartered status."
Chris Callaghan
Senior Arboriculturist, Network Rail
"Technical membership is accessible and achievable for those who do not have a degree, and it recognises practical forestry experience as well as managerial experience. It is a feather in the cap for our on and off estate operations and consultation."
George Milne
Graduate Forest Manager, Chatsworth Settlement Trustees

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:

  1. The Career Profile – a demonstration of understanding of professional development as outlined in an extended curriculum vitae
  2. 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
  3. The Technical Evidence – an account of a work-based situation in which you are able to demonstrate your technical proficiency
  4. 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.


How To Guides

Career Profile

This How To Guide shows you to build your Career Profile as part of the TME process.

Work Record

This How To Guide shows you how to create your Work Record as part of the TME process.

Technical Evidence

This How To Guide details how to create and collate your Technical Evidence as part of the TME process.


This How To Guide details how to complete the Professionalism in Arboriculture and Forestry E-Module.

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