Become a member

Your membership to the Chartered Institute of Horticulture gives you access to the only community in the industry with members from every aspect of horticulture.

Become a member and we will work with you towards achieving your professional goals, providing you with resources, help and guidance along the way.

 

We also provide an industry voice on careers, education and many other aspects that affect your career. We strive to raise the profile of horticulture with governments and policymakers by creating publications, holding events, and providing awards and bursaries to deserving projects, students, and professionals.


Pick your category and learn about the benefits

To find out what type of membership you qualify for please use the membership criteria table below. If you are having trouble fitting yourself into a category give us a call or email us and we will be happy to help.

Please note that membership subscriptions run from April 1st to March 31st. Your fee for the first year will be pro rata from when you join.

Student

For students currently working towards a horticultural qualification.

Associate

For horticulturists with some industry experience and/or higher education qualifications.

Member

For horticulturists with high level qualifications and/or extended experience in the industry.

Chartered

The ultimate achievement as a horticultural professional.

Fellow

Nominated by the board for their outstanding contribution to the industry.

Retired Members

The Chartered Institute of Horticulture also offer a retired membership rate, at half of your Associate, Member, or Fellow subscription rate. If you are Chartered please see the section below. 

To qualify for retired status you must:

  • Be age 60 or over
  • Have been a member for five consecutive years prior to applying for retired membership
  • Not be engaged in any significant remunerated employment or consultancy

 

Retired Chartered Horticulturists

Retired chartered horticulturists may find it more difficult to meet the ongoing continuing professional development requirements of Chartership when no longer fully immersed in professional life. They may also not be able to justify the continuing cost of Chartership as their professional earnings decrease in retirement. 

Eligibility for this designation will be dependent upon meeting the following criteria:

  • 5 years continuous Chartered Horticulturist status, having paid the full and appropriate fee
  • Self-declaration of retirement to the secretariat cih@horticulture.org.uk, drawing no professional horticulture related income

The Retired Chartered Horticulturist designation – CHort (Rtd) – shall be conferred complimentary to those members meeting the eligibility criteria and subject to them maintaining their Retired Member or Fellow corporate membership grade. Furthermore, Retired Chartered Horticulturists will not be required to make an annual continuing professional development record submission.

 

Upgrading your membership

We welcome our members to continue growing within CIH and offer the chance to upgrade your membership as your career develops, giving you the opportunity to show potential customers, employers and colleagues that you are progressing within your profession. 

Simply fill in the upgrade form and email it along with your credentials to CIH@horticulture.org.uk