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Become a Member

Membership is open to:

Carpenters, Joiners, Shopfitters, Furniture & Cabinet Makers, Boat Builders (Woodworking Skills), Structural Post & Beam Carpenters (Heavy Structural Timber Frames), Formwork Carpenters, Wheelwrights, Wood Carvers, Wood Turners.

The Institute of Carpenters has four membership schemes:

Please click the links above or on the left hand side of the page to find out more.

Individual Membership

Members of the Institute of Carpenters are associated with the very highest standards of craftsmanship and professionalism.  You will have the prestige and public recognition of belonging to a highly respected organisation.  You will also become part of an active network of fellow professionals involved in wood occupations. 

As a member you will benefit from the following:

  • An Institute of Carpenters Membership certificate
  • Use of designatory letters (LIOC, MIOC, FIOC) after your name indicating your level of membership
  • An annual membership card as proof of your qualifications and experience
  • Use of our prestigious logo on your stationery and vehicles
  • Free listing on our Find a Professional service to market your services to the public
  • Eligibility for examinations and competitions
  • Access to the Members' area of the IOC website
  • Free technical advice via our online Members' discussion forum
  • Receipt of our bi-monthly newsletter
  • Networking and shared learning opportunities with other craftspeople via your local IOC membership meeting groups
  • Eligibility for the Master Certificate Scheme
  • Free tax and legal helpline
  • Public liability, tools cover and income protection at advantageous rates
  • Free assessment of existing Property & Liability insurance by Courtprice Ltd (Independent Insurance Advisers) to ensure it covers the actual work you undertake
  • Discounted health insurance
  • 10% discount off at Ironmongery Direct
  • Concessionary prices on Draper tools purchased from the THS Tool Group outlets (either across the counter or on line)

For further details of membership benefits please click here.

Why wait?  Join us today by completing an online application form:

  • Personal (membership for individuals)             
  • Student      

We also offer membership for colleges and corporate members.

If you have any queries about IOC membership, please contact Head Office by email or by calling 0844 879 7696.

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