Education & Careers

Institute-accredited forestry and arboricultural courses in the UK
The Institute helps foresters and arboriculturists across the UK to develop their professional knowledge in all areas of research and practice. Whether you are a school-leaver at the beginning of your professional journey, or an experienced practitioner seeking resources, ICF is here to help.

Your first step to becoming a Chartered Forester or Chartered Arboriculturist is choosing your career path. The forestry sector offers a diverse range of roles, from forest pathologist, forest ranger or forest manager to arboriculturist, urban forester or biodiversity officer. Here you’ll find a range of resources to take your first step in choosing a forestry or arboricultural career, including Institute-accredited courses and links to case studies.

Forestry and Arboriculture Courses

ICF-accredited forestry and arboricultural courses have a given number points awarded for the level of qualification. These points may be used as part of the chartership process, along with work experience.

If you possess a qualification that is no longer taught or isn’t currently accredited, please contact the Institute. The Institute maintains an archive database of historic qualifications, which can be used to determine qualifying points awarded.

ICF-ACCREDITED COURSES – Currently Accepting new students

Institution Course ICF Points
Bangor University BSc (Hons) Forestry 8
Bangor University BSc (Hons) Forestry with placement year 8
Bangor University BSc (Hons) Conservation with Forestry 6
Bangor University BSc (Hons) Conservation with Forestry with placement year 6
Bangor University BSc Forestry and Environmental Management 7
Bangor University MFor Forestry 8
Bangor University MSc Agroforestry and Food Security 5
Bangor University MSc Environmental Forestry 6
Bangor University MSc Forestry (Distance Learning) 5/6
Bangor University MSc Tropical Forestry (Distance Learning) 6
Harper Adams University MSc Forestry Management 6
Harper Adams University MSc Conservation and Forest Protection 6
Harper Adams University BSc (Hons) Countryside Management 5
Harper Adams University BSc (Hons) Countryside and Environment Management 5
National School of Forestry (University of Cumbria) BSc (Hons) Forest Management 8
National School of Forestry (University of Cumbria) BSc (Hons) in Forest Management (with placement) 8
National School of Forestry (University of Cumbria) BSc (Hons) in Woodland Ecology and Conservation (with placement) 7
National School of Forestry (University of Cumbria) BSc (Hons) in Woodland Ecology and Conservation 6
National School of Forestry (University of Cumbria) FdSc Forestry 5
Myerscough College (University of Central Lancashire) MSc Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 6
Myerscough College (University of Central Lancashire) BSc (Hons) Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 8
Myerscough College (University of Central Lancashire) FdSc Arboriculture 5
Scottish School of Forestry (Inverness College UHI) BSc (Hons) Forest Management (Forestry) 8/7
Scottish School of Forestry (Inverness College UHI) BSc (Hons) Forest Management (Arboriculture and Urban Forestry) 7
Scottish School of Forestry (Inverness College UHI) BSc (Ord) Sustainable Forest Management (With Forest Conservation) 7
Scottish School of Forestry (Inverness College UHI) BSc (Ord) Sustainable Forest Management (With Arboriculture and Urban Forestry) 7
Scottish School of Forestry (Inverness College UHI) HND Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 5
Scottish School of Forestry (Inverness College UHI) HND Forestry 5
University of Aberdeen MSc Environmental and Forest Management 6
University of Aberdeen PG Dip Environmental and Forest Management 5

Historically ACCREDITED COURSE

The following courses are no longer accepting new students, students who have completed these courses are still able to claim the relevant ICF points for the PME process to become a Chartered Member.

Institution Course ICF Points
Moulton College (University of Northampton) FdSc Arboriculture 5
Sparsholt College (University of Portsmouth) BSc (Hons) Woodland Conservation Management 6
Sparsholt College (University of Portsmouth) FdSc Woodland Conservation Management 5
Plumpton College (University of Brighton) FdSc Arboriculure 5
Plumpton College (University of Brighton) FdSc Forestry & Woodland Management 5
Pershore College (Warwickshire College) FdSc Arboriculture 5
Pershore College (Warwickshire College) BSc (Hons) Arboriculture and Tree Management 5

Forestry Careers Advice

Looking for more information on arboricultural or forestry careers? Here’s a list of organisations providing useful resources:

Women in Forestry

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