The Institute of Chartered Foresters

FORESTRY is defined as the practice of all aspects of tree management, including forest and woodland management, arboriculture, urban forestry, environmental forestry and research, education and training in these fields.


The Institute of Chartered Foresters is the only professional body in the UK that can award the Chartered Forester and Chartered Arboriculturist designation to qualified professional foresters and arboriculturists.  On qualification members can use the designation MICFor after their name and in later years can apply to become a Fellow of the Institute and use the designation FICFor.

Members practice in every branch of forestry and arboriculture and related disciplines – in the private sector, central and local government, research councils, universities and colleges, amongst others.


The Institute of Chartered Foresters

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) was founded in 1925 as the Society of Foresters of Great Britain. It became the Institute of Foresters in 1974 and was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1982. Under the Charter the Institute has as its main objectives the maintenance and improvement of the standards of practice and understanding of all aspects of forestry in its widest sense, the protection of the public interest and the promotion of the professional status of foresters and arboriculturists in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Being a Chartered Forester or Arboriculturist

Forests, woodlands and trees – whether in a forest, woodland or town - must be sustainably managed to meet society’s increasing demand for wood, for recreation, for amenity, for conservation and for economic development. With such pressure on the world’s forest resources, it is more important than ever before that the nation’s trees and woodlands are in good hands. Managing them is a responsible task, requiring a high standard of professional management. That’s the job of the Chartered Forester or Chartered Arboriculturist.

Chartered Foresters and Arboriculturists are employed across a wide range of specialist areas in private and public organisations and are experts in a wide range of specialist fields.

The Institute enables its Chartered members to apply expert technical knowledge of forestry and arboriculture, competence in the practice of their professional activities and to maintain high standards of professional practice. All members are bound by a Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct which the Institute upholds.  Members are required to carry out and record Continuing Professional Development hours to ensure that they keep up-to-date and constantly strive to maintain excellence in their respective field of forestry or arboriculture.

The Institute is a registered charity, and must comply with a range of regulations governing the financial and other activities of charities. The government and control of the Institute and its affairs are vested in its Council.

As part of its services to its members, the Institute publishes a quarterly magazine entitled Chartered Forester and runs an active events programme of national and regional conferences, study tours, seminars and workshops.  It also publishes a scientific journal, Forestry, which contains cutting edge research papers into key forestry and arboricultural issues and can be purchased or subscribed to through Oxford University Press. This publication currently ranks 12th in the world in its classification.

In addition the Institute also makes representations relating to forestry and arboriculture and education and training in those fields. It responds to consultation documents relating to forestry and arboriculture and maintains liaison with relevant bodies, both government and non-government organisations.

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is also licensed to the Society of the Environment to award the Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) status to professional ICF members.

For more information visit or telephone 0131 240 1425.

Becoming Chartered

Becoming a Chartered Forester or Chartered Arboriculturist requires a minimum of 5 years of study and experience (although the ICF now has an accredited professional route for senior foresters and arboriculturists).  Chartered Foresters and Arboriculturists must pass rigorous examinations before becoming professionally qualified and after qualification must maintain high standards through a programme of continuous professional development.

Chartered Foresters and Arboriculturists are required to behave ethically and are bound by a Code of Ethics and rules of Professional Conduct.  Although there are six categories of membership only Fellows (FICFor) and Professional Members (MICFor) are entitled to use the title Chartered Forester or Arboriculturist.

For more information visit or telephone 0131 240 1425.

Allison Lock
Communications & Events Manager
The Institute of Chartered Foresters
59 George Street

Tel: 0131 240 1425
Fax: 0131 240 1424

Types of Forestry jobs

Aboricultural Consultant
Aboricultural Co-ordinator
Aboriculture & Landscape Manager
Adviser - Policy and Practice
Ancient Woodland Project Officer
Assurance & Environment Manager
Beat Forester
Chief Climate Change Officer
Chief Forester
Climage Change Programme Manager
Community Forester
Conservation Policy Officer
Conservation Ranger
Consultant Chartered Forester
Coountryside Services Manager
Countryside Ranger
County Tree and Woodland Officer
Crop Technology Manager
Direct Production Forester
Energy Crops Project Officer
Environment Manager
Environment Policy Advisor
Environmental Consultant
Estate Manager
Forest Certification Manager
Forest Development Manager
Forest Manager
Forest Research Officer
Forestry & Landscape Manager
Forestry & Rural Stewardship Consultant
Forestry & Woodland Officer
Forestry Research Manager
Forestry Services Manager
FSC Group Certification Scheme Manager
Grants Development Advisor
Harvesting Manager
Head of Environmental & Countryside
Head of Forest Management Division
Head of Forestry
Internet Timber Marketing
Investment Forester
Investment Manager
Landscape Architect
Landscape Officer
Native Woodland Development Officer
Natural Environment Manager
Operation Manager
Planning & Environment Manager
Planning and Conservation Manager
Police Inspector
Quality, Environment & Safety Manager
Regional Farm Woodlands Adviser
Round Timber Buyer
Rural Development Forestry Advisor
Rural Enterprises Manager
Safety, Health and Environment Officer
Scientific Officer
Scientific Projects Manager
Timber Operations Director
Timber Operations Manager
Timber Processing Consultant
Trainee Forest Manager
Trainee Forestry Consultant
Tree & Vegetation Planning & Policy Manager
Tree & Woodland Consultant
Tree and Woodland Advisor
Tropical Forestry Consultant

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