In order to take your Chartership exam, your mentor and supervisor need to confirm that your level of knowledge and understanding is at a stage ready to be Chartered:
– A minimum of level 2 knowledge across the majority of the syllabus.
– Level 3 knowledge in the areas relating to your specific areas of expertise.
– Level 1 knowledge in a small number of areas which are not related to your day-to-day work.
When your mentor is satisfied that you are ready to be Chartered, they submit a notification in their mentor review. This is then reviewed and accepted or declined by your supervisor. Your supervisor will base their decision on whether you are ready for the Chartership exam on the quality, content and timeliness of your submissions, and the context of your experience.
Once your supervisor believes you are ready to go for your Chartership exam, you can register for the next session (May or November), including paying your exam registration fee.
We make every effort to ensure that you can take your Chartership exam where and when you want. However, places are limited at each session due to availability of venues and examiners. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis, and you may be placed on a waiting list. You will be informed as soon as we can if there is a chance you won’t be able to take your Chartership exam in the location or session you asked for.
In May 2018 the exams will be held:
Weds 9 and Thurs 10 May in London
Tues 15 and Weds 16 May in Manchester
The November exams will be held the weeks of 5 and 12 November.
You will be issued with the date and venue for your Chartership exam approximately two months before the exam, via your Pathway account. The exact timing of your exam will be released about a month prior to the date, again on your account. We will do our best to accommodate any requests for a morning or afternoon time slot.
If you do not feel ready or able to take your exam as the date approaches you can let the LI know and move your registration to the next session of exams. The LI must be notified of your intention a minimum of six weeks before the first exam. Anyone wishing to defer their exam after this date will need to pay an exam deferral fee before their registration in the next session can be confirmed.
Please note that you can defer your exam twice. If you originally registered to take your exam in May, you can therefore defer until November or the following May. If you decide not to take your Chartership exam after this time you will forfeit the exam registration, and will have to be re-nominated by your mentor and supervisor.
We will do our utmost to provide any additional facilities or assistance to give you the best chance of passing the exam. If you have any special requirements for the exam, or believe you are entitled to extra time, you need to inform the LI and provide a medical certificate, or other evidence in support of this, at least six weeks prior to taking the exam. The more notice you can give, the better we will be able to accomodate your extra needs.
Please note that as the Chartership exam is the route to becoming professionally recognised in the UK, we expect all candidates to have a good working level of English. Having English as a second language is therefore not grounds for extra time.
Everyone has their own preferred revision methods, however you may find these useful when preparing:
The examiners will have access to all of your past submissions, and the comments of your mentor and supervisor. The examiners are specifically looking for knowledge and understanding relating to the syllabus areas. Consider how the projects you have worked on relate to each syllabus area. When answering a question you should always try to relate it to the syllabus and, where possible, your own experiences.
Arrange as many mock exams as you can, particularly with people who are less familiar with you and your work. Consider inviting your mentor along to your study group, and do a ‘mentor swap’, so you can be interviewed by someone else. This gives you a chance to practise your interview technique, and get used to talking about the syllabus areas with people who do not know you or your organisation.
Guide to organising mock exams
Example exam questions 1
Example exam questions 2
Chief Examiners’ feedback
The Chief Examiners provide general feedback after each exam session. This can show where candidates have struggled in the past, and provides good guidance to prepare you.
What to bring
You must bring photo ID with you to the venue. This will be inspected on arrival by the Professional Development Officer, you won’t need to show it to your examiners. If you forget your photo ID, a picture will be taken of you on the day, and your results will be withheld until you have presented your original photo ID, or a notarised copy of it, to the LI.
You do not need to bring a portfolio of evidence etc, the exam is purely verbal. In the same way as with a professional interview, please do not take electronic devices into the room with you. You, and your examiners, will find these distracting.
Format and timing
Please arrive in good time for your exam. If you arrive more than 10 minutes late you will not have enough time to take the exam, and will have to wait for the next session. You will be greeted by the Professional Development Officer, who will sign you in and check your photo ID. When it is time for your exam, one of your examiners will call you in to the examination room. The room will be set up like an interview, and there may be a monitor in the room. The monitor is present to assess the examiners and not your performance. There will be water in the exam room as well as a pen and paper for you to take notes if you wish.
You will be interviewed by two experienced Chartered members, who will be looking to test the knowledge and experience you have, based on your quarterly submissions. The exam will last for between 45 and 60 minutes, depending on individual circumstances. Your examiners will have access to your CV, development packs, mentor reviews and supervisor feedback prior to the interview. You should expect 60-65% of questions to be directly based on your experience and the evidence you have submitted. There is likely to be discussion about challenges and highlights you have faced on your journey to Chartership – this is about your experience so there is not necessarily a right or wrong answer. The examiners may also touch on your plans for future professional development.
Results of the exams are usually available within two weeks of the final exam session taking place. This ensures that everyone receives their results at the same time. The exact result date will be announced prior to you taking your exam, and the examiners will remind you of this date after your interview is completed. Results are available from your Pathway account from mid-morning, and are also emailed to you and your mentor.
If you are successful in the exam you will be elected as a Chartered member of the Landscape Institute (CMLI). You will receive a membership certificate confirming your new status as a Chartered landscape professional, and be invited to attend the LI graduation ceremony in January. A full list of successful candidates and their mentors is published on the website.
If you are unsuccessful you will receive feedback from your examiners on the reasons for failure, and, if appropriate, they will indicate the areas you should undertake further development in. It is very important that you review this feedback carefully, and plan your next steps with your mentor. You can sit another interview at any future session, but you will need new notifications from your mentor and supervisor. There is no limit to the number of times you can sit your Chartership exam, and you are treated in exactly the same way as someone taking their exam for the first time.
You cannot appeal simply because you disagree with the examiners’ decision not to award you chartered membership. Appeals should only be made if you believe the way in which your chartership exam was conducted was at fault – for example if you have administrative or procedural concerns.
If you are unhappy with the way your Chartership exam was conducted, you are able to write to the Chief Examiners, c/o the LI, to request that they review your case. If you wish to appeal you must do so without delay to allow time for documentation to be reviewed, and any salient points to be investigated. You must lodge your appeal within 20 days of receiving your result. You must describe your objections to the exam process and outcome within your appeal letter. The Chief Examiners will respond within 28 days of receipt of your appeal.
If your appeal is turned down, the Chief Examiner will write to you explaining their decision.
If your appeal is upheld, your original exam and result will be voided. You will be invited to take the exam again at the next session.
The decision of the Chief Examiners is final.