The New Zealand Institute of Forestry offers seven categories of membership, designed to match our members’ level of involvement in the industry. These categories are: Ordinary, Student, Graduate, Associate, Registered, Retired, Fellow and Honorary.
All members are bound by the NZIF Articles of Association and Code of Ethics. Only Registered Members can officially call themselves a "Forestry consultant", "Registered Forester", "Registered Member" or a "Registered Forestry Consultant".
All fees include GST.
Ordinary members may apply to the NZIF Registration Board to advance to Registered Member. A $126.50 registration application fee is then charged on top of the annual Ordinary member fee $287.50. When a person applies for Registration, the membership is notified and any NZIF member can object to the application in writing.
A Registered Member must:
Once registration is granted, the Registered Member is only then entitled to use the words "Registered MNZIF" or "Reg. MNZIF" after their name, and call themselves a "Registered Forestry Consultant" and/or "Registered Forester". A Registered Member has full voting and office-holding rights.
Registered Members must apply before 30 December each year for their annual practicing certificate to be renewed or their registration will be cancelled. The application must include:
A Registered Member’s registration is subject to periodic review by the Board (usually every five years). Failure to complete the review can lead to their registration being cancelled.
An Ordinary Member must:
An Ordinary Member has full voting and office-holding rights and is entitled to use the initials "MNZIF" after their name.
An Associate Member must:
An applicant who wishes to become a Retired Member must be a Registered, Ordinary or Associate Member who:
A Registered Member who has been a Registered Member for at least five years immediately before becoming a Retired Member will be known as a "Retired Registered Member". Retired Registered Members may not claim or lead people to believe that they are still a Registered Member.
The Graduate Member class is for those forestry professionals who have completed a relevant qualification and are working in a forestry-related area but have not yet achieved the experience necessary to advance to Ordinary or Registered membership.
A Graduate Member must:
A Student Member must be currently training or studying in a formal forestry course, or allied discipline, recognised by the NZIF Council.
A Student Member must:
Student Members remain as such only while they are in formal training or are looking for a job after finishing their training. Once they have a job they must apply to advance to Graduate or Associate Member, or the NZIF Council may terminate their membership.
The first year of NZIF membership is free if they are:
A Fellow is a Retired (but not Retired Associate) or Registered or Ordinary Member who the NZIF recognises as having achieved eminence in the profession. A Fellow is entitled to use Fellow" or "FNZIF" after their name.
Fellows pay the same membership fee that relates to their class of membership (Retired, Registered or Ordinary) and they enjoy full voting and office-holding rights.
An Honorary Member is a person who (not being a member at the time) is elected as an Honorary Member at the NZIF AGM. Hononary members have full voting and office-holding rights.
Nominees must have been outstanding in: