ICF Announces Record Number of New Professional Members

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has admitted a record number of new Professional Members (MICFor) following its annual professional examinations which took place in November 2012. Thirty-three new members will be awarded with chartered status – the highest number of candidates in the Institute’s recent history and an increase of over 25% on last […]

Independent Panel in Northumberland

The Independent Panel on Forestry Visits Northumberland Shireen Chambers MICFor – Executive Director, ICF Last week the Independent Panel on Forestry visited Northumberland which included a visit to Kielder Forest. The local residents made their feelings clear with banners such as the one above. The Panel spent an evening listening to local residents and organisations […]

ICF at the South West Woodland Show

Alistair Rennie – Marketing Officer, ICF The ICF’s attendance at this year’s biennial South West Woodland Show was marked by a day of successful networking and the recruitment of several potential members which left ICF stalwarts Allison Lock (Communications and Events Manager) and Alistair Rennie (Marketing Officer) duly satisfied with their day’s efforts. PHOTO – […]


The Council is keen to see Institute members progress to Fellowship and welcomes applications from members of all branches of the profession. The attainment of Fellowship should be the goal to which all chartered members aspire. It is a mark of your career achievements within your peer group and the level at which other professionals […]

Professional Member

Professional Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters Full Membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters formally recognises a member’s technical and professional competence as a forester or arboriculturist, and is open to those who have successfully completed the Routes to Chartered Status: Route 1: After joining the Institute as an Associate member, you have completed […]

ICF Associate Member

Associate membership is available to all those who want to work towards becoming chartered. You will have completed your initial education in forestry, arboriculture or a related subject and are either already employed or looking to join the sector. Alternatively, you may have decided on a change of career and have started working or are […]

Student Membership

If you are a full-time or part-time student in Higher Education, Student membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters lets you stay up to date with the latest news, views and ideas from the world of forestry and arboriculture. Student membership puts you directly in touch with tree professions and provides opportunities to get involved […]

Membership Grades

Membership Grades The Institute of Chartered Foresters has several grades of membership relating to the status and experience of candidates who wish to join. Follow the links below for application packs in relation to each grade. Student  Associate  Professional Member Fellow  Supporter  Contact Us For queries about membership grades and routes to professional status please […]

Reinstatement to ICF

Reinstatement to Membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters Members are removed from the Institute’s membership register if they have resigned or if they have not paid their annual subscription fee. Members who have not paid their subscriptions by the beginning of the year are sent at least two further requests for payment and a […]

Senior Entry

Senior Professionals Entry Route You may be a senior practitioner in forestry or arboriculture who, for various reasons, has not previously sought chartered membership. Assessed Professional Competence (APC) is a route to Chartered status specifically aimed at senior professionals in this position. APC requires the demonstration of relevant experience over a minimum of 15 years, […]

Routes To Membership

Routes to ICF Chartered Status Many professional foresters and arboriculturists begin by completing an undergraduate or postgraduate course recognised by the Institute of Chartered Foresters. But many people who have not studied forestry or arboriculture join our sector looking for a new career. These members may have qualifications in related or very different subjects and […]


Membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters Chartered membership of the ICF is internationally recognised as a badge of excellence. Whether you are a student, an experienced practitioner, or simply have an interest in the professional management and enhancement of trees and woodlands in all their forms, becoming a member of the ICF could bring […]