Membership Benefits

In today's business and professional world, access to current information and contacts is essential for success. The Textile Institute is the only organisation that covers the entire global industry. From fibres to retailing, from engineering to fashion, from Australia to Zimbabwe. The network of contacts gives you immediate access to state of the art information. Membership serves as recognition of your professional achievements and your desire to conduct business at the highest ethical standards.

Career Advancement



  • Textile Institute Chartered qualifications are recognised under the EU's Qualifications Directive 89/48, and by Public Service Commissions throughout the Commonwealth.

Professional Recognition



  • As a member of a professional body with a code of ethics recognised worldwide.

Influence the Industry

  • Help raise the profession's profile by defining terminology and technical standards.

Extensive Contacts Network

  • Participate in events and Special Interest Group and local Section activities, designed specifically for TI members.
  • Gain new insights into different cultures, suppliers and potential employees and employers.

The Organisation and Goals of The Textile Institute Constitution & Scope

The mission of The Textile Institute is to promote professionalism in all areas associated with the textile industries worldwide. It is an association of men and women throughout the world which unites those with an interest in textiles. The individual professional expertise of members is diverse: it includes management, art, design, fashion, economics, science, engineering, research, production, marketing, selling, retailing, education and training. These skills relate to the totality of industrial and commercial operations from fibre production to the use of products by individual corporate consumers.

The word "textile", which orginally referred to woven fabrics, now covers the broad field of products made from fibres. The scope of The Textile Institute covers all the textile industries which include: fibre, yarn and fabric manufacturing; dyeing and finishing; production of knitwear and making-up of clothing; footwear production; manufacture of carpets, soft furnishings and other household textiles; manufacture of textile products used in engineering, agriculture, medicine and other fields; and the distribution and retailing of textile products to personal and commercial markets.

The Textile Institute is an international organisation governed by a Council representing members throughout the world. It is legally constituted by a Royal Charter, granted in Britain in 1925 and is registered as a charity in England; the Institute is recognised as a non-profit association under the laws of many countries. More detailed direction of the Institute's affairs is carried out by an International Board, supported by Committees, all of which have a global membership, and by staff at the International Headquarters in Manchester.

The success of The Textile Institute depends on the activities of the worldwide Sections and National Committees in many countries and of the Groups covering special occupational interests. The main central functions are the provision of an operational framework and the maintenance of quality, particularly in regard to professional qualifications and the spread of information to members and others.

Aims and Purpose

The role of The Textile Institute may be summarised in the following way

  • To bring together professionals from all countries in an association that is simultaneously a body setting professional standards, a learned society advancing knowledge and industrial practice, an interactive network for the exchange of ideas and a social community promoting friendship among members.
  • To promote the continuing recruitment of professional talent to the textile industries and its enhancement throughout individual careers. The professionalism is shown by self-confidence and flair; technical, economic or design capability; rational and systematic thought; creativity and judgement; sensitvity to the environment; and to other professions, nationalities and cultures; appreciation of the global range of textile activities and the changing requirements of the market place; and a lifetime commitment to personal education and professional advancement.
  • To define quality in textile education and training, to help young people become professionals and to recognise basic training and practical application by the award of professional qualifications.
  • To recognise excellence and achievement in the operation and products of the textile industries, and to encourage creative contributions to the advancement of knowledge, to practical technology, and to management, marketing, design and education.
  • To make information available through publications, conferences, and the increasing power of electronic networking.
  • To maintain a code of good practice with ethics, values, trust and respect, appropriate in the conduct of professionals; and to support members in following this through.
  • To educate the public and inform governments on the realities of the textile industries.
  • To operate democratically in order to serve the needs of members, and to provide opportunities for leadership and for interaction throughout a global textile network.
  • To bring in sufficient resources to run the Institute effectively, including the voluntary service of members, support from companies, grants and joint ventures, as well as membership subscriptions and revenue from operations.
  • To maintain the reputation for integrity, excellence, and achievement associated with The Textile Institute - which has been achieved by the dedication and service of past and present members.

TI Professional Qualifications


Setting the standard for excellence

By authority granted under its Royal Charter, the Textile Institute is able to award the professional qualifications:

  • Fellowship (FTI)
  • Associateship (ATI)
  • Licentiateship (LTI)

to any of its members who meet the required criteria.

In addition, Fellows and Associates are entitled to call themselves Chartered Members of the Textile Institute and to use the designation CText.

What is professional qualification?

TI Professional Qualifications

  • Recognise and endorse not just academic knowledge but also professional experience and the competence to use that expertise in practical situations in the workplace.
  • Demonstrate the holder's commitment to continuing professional development and to the maintainence of the highest professional standards.
  • Are recognised and valued around the world, indicating to employers, business contacts and collegues that holders are members of a worldwide Association of textile professionals with access to first class business information services, publications and conferences.

Procedures for the award of TI Qualifications

All applicants must:

  • Be or become a Global member of The Textile Institute.
  • Complete the appropriate application form and include the names of referees.
  • Return the form to the TI Admin Office

All applications are considered by the Diplomas Committee, which is a formally constituted and representative Committee of Chartered members of the Institute. The Committee meets four times a year to examine applications amd associated referees' reports. Some applicants may be asked to attend an informal interview at the convenient location in order to allow them to demonstrate the extent of their knowledge and experience. When the Committee is satisfied that the applicants have met the required criteria, its recommendations are put forward to Council, the ultimate governing body of The Textile Institute, for ratification.

Successful Applicants

  • Must register their qualifications and may then use the designatory letters.
  • Receive an appropriate certificate.
  • Must remain a Global member of the TI in order to use their qualifications.

TI Professional Examinations

  • The TI offers candidates the opportunity to sit the examinations for LTI and ATI at various centres around the world.


  • TI accreditation of a degree or diploma course means that the course has been deemed to satisfy the academic requirements for ATI or LTI. Successful students from these courses may therefore apply for their professional qualifications as soon as they have completed the necessary period of work experience.
  • The accreditation has been undertaken by a panel of experts who have examined the course to ensure that it covered the subject area in sufficient detail to provide the appropriate level of specialised and general knowledge required for a TI qualification.
  • There are many courses accredited for ATI and LTI at educational institutions around the world.
  • RMIT University, Brunswick is the only University in Australia that has the endorsement of The Textile Institute's Accreditation Committee as fulfilling the academic requirements for Licentiateship of The Textile Institute.

In Conclusion

  • Holders of TI professional qualifications are visibly demonstrating their professional ability and competence to practice in their chosen fields.


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