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Membership grades & fees

The Institute of Carpenters is a long-standing organisation for professionals working in wood trades.  With members who are just starting out in their career as students, through to time served carpenters who run their own business and also larger construction companies, we’ve got the right grade for you!  

The IOC has always encouraged its members to up-skill wherever possible and we make it a policy to upgrade your existing membership level to reflect these changes in your career.  It is not uncommon for a Licentiate member to progress to Member grade and then onwards to become a Fellow of the Institute.  Some even make application for their Master Certificate – the highest recognition of quality and experience in our trade.

The table below gives an indication of which level of membership an individual may be eligible for based on the qualifications or IOC exam passed or your professional experience.  If you don’t clearly fall into one of the boxes below, it doesn’t mean that you can’t become a member of the Institute as we are very happy to conduct structured interviews to assess your skills as a craftsman.  If you would like a no obligation chat, please click here.

IOC Membership Grade Fellow
Affiliate Student
Current MIOC and a minimum Level 4 managerial qualification in construction or wood manufacturing. NVQ level 3 or City & Guilds Advanced Craft Certificate (or equivalent) in a wood trade. NVQ level 2 or City & Guilds Craft Certificate (or equivalent) in a wood trade. Part qualified student who does not yet meet the requirements for LIOC. Training for craftsmanship on a recognised college course in one of the wood trades. 2
IOC membership exam passed Fellowship Advanced Craft Certificate (practical & theory) Advanced Craft Certificate (practical) Intermediate exam or Intermediate Construction Award or equivalent in one of the wood trades n/a
Professional experience As for MIOC with the addition of managerial experience and supported by references. Working craftsman with experience of working independently or within a team and having taken on additional responsibilities and supported by references. Working craftsman with experience of working independently or within a team and supported by references. None - but an Affiliate member can upgrade to LIOC once they have achieve Level 2 NVQ and industrial experience. Note: Student membership is allowed for up to 4 years while enrolled on a course of study as detailed above.
Fees 3 £26 one off joining fee plus £125 per year 3 £26 one off joining fee plus £110 per year 3 £26 one off joining fee plus £80 per year 3 £20 (IOC college)
£30 (non-IOC college)
£10 (IOC college)
£15 (non-IOC college)

If you are a student interested in joining the Institute but your college is not already a member, why not tell them about IOC College membership so that you can benefit from reduced rates? College membership rates are £125.00 p.a.

Other membership types:

Associate - We also welcome members who are not qualified in the trade but are interested in being involved with the Institute as they can bring additional skills that our professional members do not necessarily have experience of. As an Associate member you are still entitled to attend meetings, visits, social occasions and contribute towards furthering the aims of the Institute. Associate Members are charged the same fees as Licentiate members.

If you are interested in finding about School, College or Corporate membership please click here.


1 In this instance you can apply to have a structured interview carried out by a qualified Institute member in the area the applicant lives. This is to ensure that had the applicant sat the examination for MIOC, they would have achieved a standard satisfactory to the Institute. Prior to the Interview a CV of the applicant's working career in a wood trade, two references and an application form will need to be submitted, to enable the Interviewer to have a good understanding of the interviewee’s craft background and experience.

2 Students should have been accepted for, engaged in, or have completed a recognised course of study in wood trades.

3 Annual fees are reduced by £5 when paid by direct debit. All entry fees include a welcome pack and a certificate of membership.  Your membership fee covers your annual fee and a new membership card for each year that you remain a member.





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