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Chartership resources

The Landscape Institute aims to provide all the guidance and advice you need while involved with the Pathway to Chartership – as a candidate, mentor, supervisor or examiner. The resources offered are reviewed on a regular basis, so if there is something you would like to see, please get in touch.

Chartership guidebook

Pathway to Chartership system user guide: Candidates

Recommended CV template (.docx download)

Guide to mentor/candidate relationship


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.

Chartership syllabus

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).

Study groups

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.

Help us keep the list of study groups up to date

If study group details change, or if you want to start a study group, let us know.

Mock exams

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

Gaining additional experience

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: