The syllabus is organised into six elements, each focusing on a different aspect of practice and professional knowledge. Each element contains a set of learning objectives, which are more focused. These in turn have a series of statements describing the evidence you will need to demonstrate. Inevitably, some areas are wider in scope than others, and some may require you to engage in more extensive learning.
The syllabus has been organised this way to help you manage your learning and record your development. In real life, areas of knowledge and expertise overlap. Landscape professionals need to be able to view their practice holistically, and you will be expected to be able to make connections between different topics and areas of expertise.
A list of suggested resources has been collated, as a starting point for your studies. If you find other general resources which should be included please alert the Professional Development Officer.
Chartership resource list
Other LI resources available
Our Technical committee and team produce lots of guidance notes and resources on technical and professional matters, including BIM, GLVIA and JCLI.
Our Policy committee and team provides information on our current policy themes and focuses.
Landscape Consultant’s Appointment guidance and documents (you must be logged in to view this content).
Passing the Chartership exam relies on you being able to communicate your knowledge and experience to strangers. Study groups are an ideal way of practising this skill, sharing knowledge and information, and providing an excellent support basis with other people in the same position. The contacts you make within your study group often prove invaluable in your professional life.
The Chief Examiners highly recommend participating in a study group, and those who have practice of talking about their professional work often perform better in the Chartership exam.
For details of your local study group, see the map below. If there is no study group in your area, why not set one up?
Mock exams are the best way to practice for the exam, and the Chief Examiners often find that Licentiates who have practiced under exam conditions perform better in their real exam. You can never have too many mock exams, and should aim to have at least one with someone who isn’t aware of your day-to-day work. Within your study group you could organise a mentor swap to conduct mock exams with someone you’re not familiar with.
Guide to organising mock exams
Example exam questions 1
Example exam questions 2
No landscape professional will have direct experience of every aspect of the syllabus, and theoretical knowledge is perfectly acceptable in some areas. Gaining some experience is always preferrable to purely theoretical knowledge. Consider arranging to shadow other practitioners to gain a wider insight into other aspects of the syllabus, and the wider profession. You could volunteer to gain new experiences, or use real situations or projects which you are involved in or aware of and consider them from different points of view e.g. what would you do as the contract administrator; local authority; advisory body.
We run regular webinars covering a wide range of topics, from exploring invisible fencing for cattle grazing through to SuDS. Although not specifically alined to the Chartership syllabus, many will be useful for further information on specific topics.
In 2013 a series of webinars about the Pathway to Chartership process were produced:
Licentiates on the Pathway to Chartership are eligible to buy an NUS extra card
(£12/year), giving discounts on a wide range of products and services. To apply you will need:
- your five digit LI membership number
- place of study (Landscape Institute)
- course dates (dates you expect to be on the Pathway to Chartership, between today’s date and the end of the academic year, 31 July)
- type of qualification: professional/vocational
Overseas candidates need a UK delivery address for the card. Contact NUS if you have any questions regarding this card and note that as the Pathway to Chartership is not full-time study you are not entitled to a 18-25 railcard or council tax discount.