Associate membership is designed for horticulturists with some industry experience and or higher education qualifications.

Existing members can simply upgrade their current membership here.

Associate membership is just £100 for the year. 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. We are the professional voice for horticulture, join and grow your career with us.

Becoming an Associate member allows you use the post nominal letters ACIHort, which demonstrates your expertise, experience and knowledge to prospective customers, employers and colleagues.

Do I qualify to be an Associate member?

To become an Associate member you will need anywhere up to 11 units from a combination of the academic and/or work experience. Every year working in the industry equates to one point and depending on your level of qualifications they also qualify you for further points. Please have a look over our membership criteria and supporting documentation before applying.

How do I become an Associate?

All you need to do is click apply now and fill on our online application form. Your application will be processed within 5 working days. If you have been successful in your application we will then email you to arrange payment and your certificate and membership card will then be posted to you.

Why become an Associate member?

Use of our logo

Which instils a sense of reliability and professionalism

Post-nominal letters

Use of ACIHort to demonstrate your level of expertise to potential customers and employers 


A monthly email digest of industry and CIH events and news 


Branch visits provide opportunities to network and gain access to otherwise unavailable facilities and individuals.

The Horticulturist journal

View the printed copy of our journal, currently issued three times a year, written specifically for our members to keep them informed of current events and articles of interest

Career Progression

Undertake regular CPD and get on track to full membership with a view to achieving Chartered Horticulturist status. 

I have an NQV Level 2 in work based horticulture and 4 years experience working in ground maintenance and management. I want to move up the careers ladder and I think being able to have ACIHort after my name will help me stand out from the competition.

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