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Grant of a Royal Charter - The Chartered Institute of Horticulture

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Royal Charter 21 July 2014

Statement to members regarding the Institute of Horticulture becoming the Chartered Institute of Horticulture,
21 July 2014

A copy of the printed version of the Charter can be viewed here

The Institute of Horticulture has now become Chartered and is now the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, CIH, with a new logo, see top of page, as well as many new plans and initiatives to enhance its standing and that of its members.

To gain a Royal Charter for the Institute has been an aspiration for many years. Not only is the granting of the Royal Charter excellent news for the Institute it is excellent for horticulture and horticulturists too. This level of seniority and recognition will enhance the status of horticulture as a profession which demands high level skills and continuing professional development. Chartership will also strengthen the influence and therefore the voice of the Institute and add gravitas to our claim for greater recognition from government and policy makers regarding our role in the development of professionalism in horticulture.

At the same time, it will support the Institute’s ambassadors in their role of promoting advocacy in horticulture. The designation of Chartered Horticulturist (C Hort) to individuals in the Institute will, following the rigorous selection process, have wider benefits for all concerned with the practice of horticulture through its transparent and published standards that will demonstrate our commitment to the highest level of professionalism.

The Trustees of the Institute look forward to working with all members of the Institute over the coming year in a period of celebration and establishment of the new arrangements for members to become Chartered Horticulturists. The formal celebrations will commence on 1 September 2014 when The Marchioness of Salisbury, Patron of The Chartered Institute of Horticulture is hosting a Garden Party at Hatfield House to celebrate the grant of The Royal Charter to the Institute.

Members should now note and implement the following information regarding the new title of the Institute and individual designations.

Questions and Answers for members of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture regarding Chartership, 21 July 2014

 What is the status on the Institute becoming Chartered?

Her Majesty the Queen has been graciously pleased to grant a Royal Charter to the Institute of Horticulture. The Royal Charter has now come into legal effect with its sealing by the Crown Office at the House of Lords this month. We are now The Chartered Institute of Horticulture.

What is the abbreviated name of the Institute?

CIH

Will the Institute have a new logo/brand?

Yes, a new logo has been agreed by Council. Council felt it is important to have a new logo to reflect the Chartered Institute. The new logo is included on this document. It is considered to be more contemporary and more versatile to use.

What does Chartership mean for the Institute of Horticulture?

To gain a Royal Charter for the Institute has been an aspiration for many years. Not only is the granting of a Royal Charter excellent news for the Institute, it is excellent for horticulture too. It will enhance the recognition of and status of horticulture as a profession which demands high level skills and continuing professional development. Chartership will strengthen the voice of the Institute and will support the recognition and development of professionalism in horticulture. It will enhance the gravitas of the Institute’s ambassadors where they operate at national level, including increasing the influence with government and policy makers. The designation of Chartered Horticulturist (C Hort) to individuals in the Institute will have wider benefits for all concerned with the practice of horticulture through raising standards and increasing the demonstration of professionalism.

What does membership of a Chartered Institute mean for individual members?

Members are now members of an Institute which holds the recognition and benefits of Chartered status. For those members who choose to apply for and become individually Chartered their Chartership can support them in their professional lives, for example increasing their attractiveness to potential employers and enhance their status with existing employers.

What is the status on Chartership of our regulations/byelaws?

The Charter and the Bye-Laws attached to the Charter replace the Constitution, Bye-laws and Regulations of the Institute of Horticulture.  

Will I have to rejoin the Institute now it has become Chartered?

No, the Charter itself provides that all existing members have automatically become members of the Chartered body in the same grades.

What are the new designations for members?

All members of the Institute will change designations as follows:

o   Student – remains as Student

o   Affiliate – remains as Affiliate

o   Associate AI Hort become ACIHort

o   Member MI Hort become MCIHort – these are Corporate members

o   Fellow FI Hort  become FCIHort – these are Corporate members

o   Hon Fellow FI Hort become FCIHort (Hon)

Who can apply for individual Chartership?

Members and Fellows (Corporate members) can apply to become individually Chartered. Hon Fellows or other members cannot apply for individual Chartership. They can however apply for Corporate membership and then follow the route to individual Chartership in due course.

Will it be harder for members to move between the different types of membership?

No, the criteria for existing membership categories has not been changed by Chartership and Institute members will be able to move between these as they do now. The Chartered Institute however will seek to assist those who wish to apply and to move between the membership categories. There will also be the opportunity for individuals who are Members or Fellows to apply for individual Chartership by passing a selection process.

Will I still receive my current membership benefits on the Institute becoming Chartered?

Yes, all existing membership benefits are retained. These include The Horticulturist and e-Horticulturist, the delivery committees, branches etc. The Institute has gained the ability to offer individuals the option to apply for individual Chartership.

What is the process for applying for individual Chartership?

Applying for individual Chartership is a formal process open to all Corporate members. Members must be able to demonstrate the holding of a relevant master’s degree level qualification or equivalent level of knowledge, and undertake to comply with continuing professional development requirements as laid down by Council. The Institute is establishing a panel that will oversee all applications to make sure they meet the agreed requirements for individual Chartership.

When can I apply for individual Chartership?

An announcement will be made at the Institute’s Annual General Meeting in October 2014 advising on the timelines and detailed arrangements for applying for individual Chartership.

How much will chartered status cost/fees?

Council will decide the new fees for individual Chartership over the next few months. The fee structure will consist of:

o   Validation fee – this is a one off payment to cover all costs associated with the application.

o   Annual Fee – this is for all costs and benefits associated with retaining individual Chartership.

In agreeing the level of both fees Council will recognise all costs incurred by the Institute and recognition of fee rates for similar Chartered Institutes and affordability for members.

All queries regarding this document should be made to the Secretariat of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture.

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