Natural Resource Professionals (NRP)

Natural Resource Professionals (NRPs), along with other professional members of the forestry team, are responsible for looking after the forests of British Columbia.

  • The functions and responsibilities of an NRP are limited to specific activities under the Scope of Practice heading below.
  • NRPs are engaged in professional forestry practice involving, planning for or advising on inventory, classification, conservation, and protection and also advising on enhancement, harvesting, valuation and rehabilitation.
  • To be a NRP requires specific competencies in forestry or in natural resource management as recognized by the council.
  • Once enrolled members have completed all their requirements, council will admit them as a Natural Resource Professionals.
Note: Information on this page refers to the previous registration process. Information on becoming an NRP in the new process (April 27, 2016 onwards) will be posted here soon.


Route of Entry Admissions Sponsorship & Articling
Pro-D Requirements Scope of Practice Exam

Route of Entry

Effective July 2016 we are no longer accepting applications for the Conditional NRP route of entry.  Applicants must enroll as a Trainee NRP and complete the new registration process for registration. 

Trainee NRP

Post-Secondary Education Requirements

One of the following recognized degrees granted before Dec. 1, 2009.

  • University of British Columbia's Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Natural Resource Conservation (May 1999 – May 2005) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Natural Resource Conservation, Science and Management major (May 2006 to present);
  • Thompson Rivers University's Bachelor in Natural Resource Science (May 1997 to present);
  • University of Northern British Columbia's Bachelor of Natural Resource Management (BNRM) in Wildlife and Fisheries (May 2001 to present); and
  • University of Northern British Columbia's BNRM in Outdoor Recreation and Conservation (May 2008 to present)
Work Experience Requirements

You are not required to have any work experience at the time your application is submitted, but...

  • Once you become enrolled as an TNRP, you must complete 24 months of acceptable post-enrolment work experience under the guidance and supervision of a sponsor and complete any outstanding requirements. You are then required to write and pass the Professional Ethics Exam.


Ready to Apply?

Need more info?

Contact the registration department.


Trainee Natural Resource Professionals (TNRP)

  1. Determine if you are eligible to apply for membership (see Route of Entry section)
  2. Complete NRP Application Package* and submit it with membership fees.
  3. We'll review your application and get back to you. Once you have been granted enrolment status, you must:
  4. Abide by the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice contained in the ABCFP Bylaws.
  5. Meet any outstanding academic, core competency, work experience and professional development requirements.
  6. Complete the sponsor program.
  7. Pass the Professional Ethics Exam. After you've passed the exam and met all of the requirements:
  8. Council must approve your registration.
  9. You must pay the appropriate fees before becoming registered as a NRP.
  10. You will be sent an official Certificate of Accreditation.

For more details on becoming a NRP, read the Natural Resource Professional (NRP) Policy.

Need More Info?

Please contact the registration department.


*Fillable PDF. If you are unable to open this file, please right-click the link and save the PDF to your computer and then open from your computer.

Articling & Sponsorship


Articling is gaining relevant work experience under the supervision of a registered member.  

It is done during your enrolment period and helps you be better prepared for registration and the rights and obligations of a practising professional. Compete details on articling requirements are contained in the Registration Policy (2014).

The Purposes of Articling Requirements are to:

  • Expose you to a wide range of professional forestry practice;
  • Enable you to develop professional practice skills under the guidance of your sponsor and other registered members; and to
  • Sensitize you to the rights and obligations of a practising professional including those under the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice (which are binding on all members).

Your Work Experience:

  • Should cover as many of the areas of practice defined in the NRP Scope of Practice.  Your sponsor is expected to assist you in this regard and the Articling Policy also provides resources that can help.
  • Must be gained after you apply for membership. Any experience you gained before you applied for membership does not count toward the requirement.
  • Must be directly related to professional practice.
  • May include volunteer work, work done outside British Columbia, or a master's or doctorate degree.


As Trainee Natural Resource Professionals (TNRP), you must have a sponsor during your articling period. Among other things, your sponsor agrees to oversee your growth and development as you work towards becoming a registered forest professional.

Who Can Be a Sponsor?
  • Your sponsor must be an active RPF or NRP in good standing.
  • Your sponsor can be your supervisor, a co-worker, an employer or someone else in the community.
  • A sponsor can not be related by blood or marriage.
How to Find a Sponsor
  • Get recommendations or suggestions from colleagues.
  • Network within your community. Who do you look up to? Who are you comfortable with?
  • Use our member directory to identify individuals who live or work in your area.
  • Contact the registration department for assistance. We are currently collecting names of registered members who are willing to sponsor an enrolled member.
Your Responsibilities During the Articling Period
  1. Maintain frequent contact with your sponsor
  2. Create a Professional Development Plan
  3. Maintain a Practice Diary showing a record of your work experience and your exposure to the necessary practice areas.

See the Articling Policy for complete details about all of your responsibilities.

Your Sponsor's Responsibilities During the Articling Period
  1. Oversee your growth and development
  2. Periodically review your Practice Diary and Professional Development Plan

See the Articling Policy for complete details about a sponsor's responsibilities.

Changing Your Sponsor

You may need to change your sponsor at some point in your articling period for various reasons (one of you moves, incompatibility, employment change, your sponsor can no longer maintain the commitment, your sponsor ceases to be an active member in good standing, etc.).

If you need to change your sponsor you must:

  1. Discuss any changes with your old sponsor.
  2. Submit a Change of Sponsor form signed by you and both your new and old sponsors.

Remember, you must have a sponsor at all times during your articling period.

Need More Info?

Please contact the registration department.

Pro-D Requirements

All Trainee NRPs are required complete the following professional development requirements to be eligible to write the Professional Ethics exam.
  1. Professional Ethics and Obligations workshop
  2. Professional Reliance workshop

Both must be completed by the end of August.


Please contact the registration department.

Scope of Practice for Natural Resource Professionals (NRPs)

Having met the relevant requirements specified by council, NRPs are authorized to use the title 'Natural Resource Professional' and the designation 'NRP' as an associate member of the ABCFP and to only engage independently in aspects of the "practice of professional forestry" (Section 1 of the Foresters Act) as identified and described in sections (a) to (d) below.

a) The following activities:

  • Planning [for]: inventory, classification, conservation, and protection;
  • Advising [on]: inventory, classification, conservation, protection, enhancement, harvesting, valuation and rehabilitation;
  • Engaging [in]: inventory, classification, conservation, enhancement and protection;
  • Reporting [on]: inventory, classification, conservation, protection and enhancement.

b) The preparation, review and amendment of professional documents

*c) Assessing the impact of professional forestry activities to
  (i) verify that those activities have been carried out as planned, directed or advised,
  (ii) confirm that the goals, objectives or commitments that relate to those activities have been met, or
  (iii) advise corrective action as required to conserve, protect, rehabilitate or enhance the forests, forest lands, forest resource or forest ecosystems; [and/or]

d) Auditing, examining and verifying the results of activities involving the practice of professional forestry and the attainment of goals and objectives identified in or under professional documents.

*Subsections (c) to (d) are limited to activities relating to inventory, classification, conservation, protection and enhancement.


Please contact the registration department.

NRP Professional Ethics Exam

Important Dates and Deadlines   

Exam applications and fees are due August 15, 2016
Exam locations posted online Mid-September, 2016
Professional Ethics Exam held on  October 7, 2016 
Exam results announced  Mid-November 2016


All NRP Candidates are Required to Write the Professional Ethics Exam

The NRP Professional Ethics Exam is held on the first Friday in October and requires candidates to answer four of seven questions in four hours. The exam is designed to test your understanding of professionalism (ethics) and forest policy. The passing mark for the exam is 60%.

Sit-Down Exam Locations

Exam locations are now available on the Exam Locations page.

Exam Applications

Before you apply, it is your responsibility to ensure you are eligible to write the registration exam.

For your application to be considered for the 2016 registration exams, the following must be received by August 15, 2016:

  • Completed NRP Registration Professional Ethics Exam Application Form (sit-down exam),
  • Exam fee (pay your exam fee online or through the methods outlined in the application form), and
  • Work history form (contained in the application form)

Preparing to Write the Exam

Many exam candidates begin studying up to a year or more in advance of writing the exam. We offer a number of resources designed to help you prepare for the exam.

Special Exam or Other Exam Requests

According to Section 8.3 of the Registration Policy, candidates may apply for an oral exam in lieu of the written sit-down exam or may apply for other special exam consideration due to medical reasons, learning disabilities or any other extraordinary circumstances. A detailed written request including supporting documents that may include medical records, professional learning assessments, letter of support from sponsor/mentors must be submitted and addressed to the ABCFP registrar by July 1st of the year you intend to write the exam.

We will consider your request and decide whether or not it can be accommodated. We will work with you to assess what, if any, special arrangements may be appropriate.

All requests for special accommodations for the registration exams are reviewed on a case by case basis and are at the discretion of the registrar. 

Getting Your Exam Results

After your exam has been marked and the list of successful candidates has been approved by council, the registration department will send each exam candidate an e-mail with a URL to the exam results. You will need to login with your ABCFP logon name and password to see the web page that contains your mark. You will not have access to anyone else's results. Exam results will be available in mid-November and the take-home exam results will be released in late-April.

Please contact the registration department if you have not received your exam results two weeks from the date we release the exam results.

Rewriting the Exam

Refer to the Natural Resource Professional (NRP) Policy for full details.


Please contact the registration department.