The Textile Institute

Professional Qualifications

Many people have accomplished professional achievements and contributions which are not recognised through academic qualifications alone. The attainment of a TI professional qualification is the clearest way of demonstrating you have a sound knowledge of the industry and a high standard of professional competence.

Professional Qualifications

Many people have accomplished professional achievements and contributions which are not recognised through academic qualifications alone. The attainment of a TI professional qualification is the clearest way of demonstrating you have a sound knowledge of the industry and a high standard of professional competence.

Licentiateship (LTI)

For someone with a good level of knowledge and specialism in at least one area, as well as 1-5 years of work experience depending on route.

Associateship (CText ATI)

For someone with a high level of knowledge and specialism in at least one area, as well as 2-10 years work experience depending on route.

Fellowship (CText FTI)

For someone with a high level of knowledge and specialism, who has achieved a major personal creative contribution.

Professional Qualification Applications 2021

Applications are now being accepted for 2021.

Closing dates for meetings in 2021 are:

19 January 2021, Committee meeting 2 February 2021

10 June 2021, Committee meeting 29 June 2021

21 September 2021, Committee meeting 5 October 2021

Benefits

Recognised by Academia and Industry

TI Professional Qualifications require both knowledge of the industry and work experience. The CText ATI is considered equivalent to a good honours degree.

 

Recognised Internationally

TI Professional Qualifications are acknowledged by many national governments as well as by employers establishing that the holder has proved their ability to practice.

Routes to Qualification

Licentiateship (LTI)

Associateship (CText ATI)

Fellowship (CText FTI)

Application and Registration Fees

Licentiateship

Application Fee

Route A/B: £20

Route C/D: £30

Registration Fee

Route A/B: £30

Route C/D: £50

Associateship

Application Fee

Route A/B: £30

Route C/D: £40

Registration Fee

Route A/B: £40

Route C/D: £60

Fellowship

Application Fee

£50

Registration Fee

£100

‘The Licentiateship formally recognises my work in the field of medical textiles and allows me to collaborate internationally with experts to further develop our understanding of the way in which textiles interact with the human body.’

Testimonal by Holly Morris LTI

‘Having CText FTI after my name for my official functions reminds me of my duty and responsibility to uphold the professional code of conduct in all that I do.  CText FTI also serves as an outward indicator to my peers and clients of my expertise.’

Testimonal by James Lorbiecki CText FTI
Senior Design Engineer
Martin Baker Aircraft Company Ltd

‘My work as a textile and garment historian is enriched by the synthesis of multiple viewpoints – textual analysis, iconographic relics, and archaeological finds. The title CText FTI, which appears on my letterhead and business card, expresses better than any other title my expertise and reliability in this field.’

Testimonal by Rabbi Mr B-Y Nahum CText FTI
Professional Qualifications FAQs
Do I have to be a member of The Textile Institute?

Yes. All applicants must be a member of The TI.

How does the application process work?

Once you have sent your application form and fee, we contact your referees.

When all references have been provided, the application is put forward to the Professional Qualifications Committee at the next available meeting. Your application is then assessed and the committee decide whether the qualification should be awarded. They may request more information or clarification.

If successful, the Council are given a week to ratify the decision. Once ratified, you will be contacted with information about how to register your qualification. You will then receive a certificate and confirmation letter.

How many referees do I need?

This depends on which route you are applying through.

Licentiateship and Associateship

Route A or B – 1 referee

Route C or D – 3 referees

Fellowship

3 referees

 

My degree was accredited by The Textile Institute, does that mean I am already Chartered?

If your degree was/is accredited by the TI you still need to join as a member and apply for your qualification. This would be a route B application which only requires one referee.

I graduated a while ago and my degree does not exist anymore or is no longer accredited. Can I still apply as a route B?

Yes. As long as your degree was accredited at the time that you graduated you can still apply through route B.

Do my referees have to be Chartered Members?

No. We advise that you pick referees who hold CText ATI or CText FTI but this is not a requirement. The most important thing is that your referees know your work within the textile industry well.

Do I have to renew my qualification?

No. Once you have paid your registration fee you are a holder of your qualification as long as you are a member.

How much do I have to pay?

Application and registration fees vary depending on which qualification you are applying for. To download information regarding fees, click here.

I’ve lost my certificate! What do I do?

Email runsworth@textileinst.org.uk quoting your name and membership number. A replacement certificate can be produced for £30 plus postage.

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