Thirty-two candidates successfully completed the examinations at the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) this year.
These new Professional Members will now be permitted to use the title Chartered Forester or Chartered Arboriculturist, and the post-nominals MICFor after their names.
Of the 35 candidates who submitted for Professional Membership Entry (PME) in 2016, 24 were this week promoted to Professional Membership and awarded chartered status.
The successful PME applicants have now reached the end of a structured assessment that has established a level of knowledge, understanding and professionalism required for professional membership of the Institute.
Of those PME candidates who were awarded the chartered status, three were given prizes for excellence, having presented an exceptional body of knowledge greatly exceeding the level required for submission. These were Tom Clark MICFor (Czernin-Kinsky Scottish Co. Ltd), Sian Jones MICFor (Tilhill Forestry Ltd) and Dominic Robinson MICFor (Forest Enterprise England). These members will be presented with their award at the upcoming Trees, People and the Built Environment 3 conference, which will take place on 5-6 April 2017, in Birmingham.
In addition to the 24 successful PME applicants, eight applicants have been accepted as Professional Members of the Institute following successful completion of Assessed Professional Competence (APC) this year. The APC route to chartered status is reserved for senior professionals in the industry, with a minimum of 15 years of experience.
Steve McCartney FICFor, Chair of the Institute’s Examinations Board, congratulated the newly-chartered members on their success. He said: “It is with great pleasure that I congratulate our new Professional Members. There is a growing recognition for the need for professional standards in our industry and we are working with employers of all sizes across the UK who value professionalism. Chartered status denotes standing within the profession and is an assurance for employers, customers and the wider public of a competent professional. This is reflected in the increasing support that our younger members are receiving from their employers in the chartered process.”