The Pathway to Chartership

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Pathway to Chartership

The Pathway to Chartership is a tool to help you become Chartered. It is an online system enabling you to record knowledge and development against the Chartership syllabus. The Pathway to Chartership is designed to fit around your work and other activities. There is no minimum (or maximum) time you should spend on the Pathway as you can progress and develop at a pace that suits you. The Pathway to Chartership takes into account your previous relevant learning and development. Your mentor will help you through the process of becoming Chartered, giving you guidance or advice on elements you are not so familiar with. You will also be allocated an independent supervisor, who will provide feedback for both you and your mentor.

Getting started


To join the Pathway to Chartership you will need the following:

– Your LI Licentiate membership number

– A Chartered Member of the LI to be your mentor

– An up to date CV (please use the LI’s CV template)

– Payment for the registration fee

Go to the Pathway to Chartership website to register and begin the process.

Finding a mentor

Your mentor is the main person who will support you on your Pathway to Chartership. They will discuss your professional and personal development, and will help you explore your understanding of the syllabus and reflect on what you have learnt. It is always best to choose a mentor from your network of colleagues or contacts. Many candidates ask their manager to be their mentor, or someone else in their organisation. If there is no one suitable in your organisation, or you prefer to work with someone outside your work place, that is completely fine. Try asking a Chartered member with whom you have previously worked or advertise for a mentor through your Branch. There is a Talking Landscape group of mentors willing to take on external or remote candidates, all of whom are happy to be contacted. If you are still unable to find a mentor, please contact the Professional Development Officer, who may be able to help.


Registration £193
Annual retention £89
Chartership exam registration £340
Chartership exam deferral £75

All payments must be made online and are non-refundable. You can download a pdf receipt from your online account.

Online system

Login in to your Pathway to Chartership account to log all your development and review your progress. For help on using the system, please use the relevant guide for you:

Candidate user guide 2015

Mentor user guide 2015

Further information can be found in the Pathway to Chartership guidebook

Standards for becoming Chartered

The Pathway to Chartership is different for each practitioner, depending on your education and employment. To become Chartered you need to be able to do the following:

– Display a systematic and critical understanding of landscape and environmental practice, including the part played by team-working; processes and procedures; organisations; and regulations in ensuring an efficient and professional service.

– Elucidate the responsibilities and duties of a landscape professional in the UK.

– Analyse projects that you have been personally involved in using a rigorous and critically objective exploration, considering all aspects of its design, management and procurement.

– Demonstrate that you have at least general knowledge and understanding across the whole syllabus, and that you have experience of applying this in practice. – Show you have an interest and enthusiasm for the profession, and the ability to manage your future learning in order to meet your lifelong learning and CPD requirements. The knowledge required to become Chartered is set out in the Chartership syllabus.

Levels of knowledge

To be eligible to take the Chartership exam, you need to demonstrate:

– 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.

For details of each level required, click on the boxes below labelled Level 0 to Level 4:

Level 0

You have little or no knowledge or understanding of the areas encompassed by the learning objective.

Level 1

You have acquired some basic knowledge of the areas encompassed by the learning objective and understand basic concepts, but have yet to learn any substantial detail in respect of some or all of the areas. You have not yet explored how the areas are applied in practice at any depth.

Level 2

You have a general knowledge and understanding across the areas encompassed by the learning objective. You may have some experience of applying your knowledge and understanding in practice but you would need to apply your expertise under supervision and may need to ask for advice or approvals on the steps you are taking from a more experienced practitioner or senior member of staff.

Level 3

You have a thorough knowledge of the areas encompassed by the learning objective and have often applied your knowledge in your practice. You understand the implications of your actions and can take responsibility for most decisions in these areas. You are capable of working within the scope of this learning objective with little supervision/need to seek advice.

Level 4

Level 4 is achieved very rarely. This is intended for those who have already had a substantial career within the profession and are functioning at a very senior level. The majority of candidates will never achieve level 4 in any syllabus area.
Within the areas encompassed by the learning objective, you fully understand the implications of your actions, are able to foresee problems and come up with effective solutions and strategies. Other people may come to you for decisions, advice and guidance; you are capable of handling decisions in these areas entirely alone and are fully prepared to take personal responsibility for your decisions.

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