New Registration Process

New ABCFP Registration Process Rolls out April 2016

We are pleased to announce our new registration process for enrolled members. Council wanted a new system that de-emphasized the exam and focused on giving new members the skills they would need to be successful forest professionals.


To create this new process, we consulted with newly registered members, long-time members, sponsors, and employers who helped design our new system that focuses more on progressive skills training rather than a final exam. After many months of planning and preparation, the ABCFP is pleased to announce that as of April 2016, our system for registering new members will kick off.

While the registration process will look a lot different, it will remain consistent with the duty and objects as described in the Foresters Act. In addition, the new system will be more cost effective benefitting both employers and enrolled members. The system focuses enrolled members’ attention on specific issues in each module and will reduce the amount of time needed for studying, travelling and being away from work.

Council will monitor the new process over the next few years to ensure it continues to be of the highest quality and delivers a value-added experience to enrolled members and their employers.

New Online Module-Based Approach

The new registration process will be a module-based approach built upon six experience areas that the profession believes are critical for forest professionals. This process is designed to build knowledge and a professional mindset from the moment a new member is enrolled. The modules will be offered entirely online and will need to be completed progressively throughout the two-year articling term. Enrolled members (with sponsor oversight and verification) will be able to complete modules, write exams, submit documents and certify that the appropriate steps have been completed – all online. The need for core competency completion, qualifying work experience and sponsorship will remain essential components of this process; however, the role of the sponsor will be more interactive than what has been experienced to date. Sponsors will be given access to a sponsor orientation module which will provide an overview of their role in the new process.

There Are Three Main Registration Requirements

There are three main registration requirements for the RPF, RFT or NRP designations.

  • Six Experience Areas Modules
  • Articling Requirements
  • Core Competency Requirements (ASFITs and ASTFTs only)

Six Experience Areas Modules

Roadmap to Registration

The Roadmap to Registration illustrates how enrolled members will proceed through the six experience areas, articling requirements and competency requirements. Core competency checkpoints are for allied science members only.

New Registration Process Roadmap

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The Six Experience Areas Modules Include:

  1. Regulation and Ethics
  2. Professional Reliance
  3. BC Forest Professionals Working with Aboriginal Communities
  4. Forest Legislation and Policy
  5. The Business of Forestry
  6. Communicating Professional Advice

These areas are based on the focal points of the profession and incorporate material that we have used previously in our workshops, seminars and exams. In most cases we expect the new process to take two years to complete. Read the Six Experience Areas Overview document for more details.

Overview of Six Experience Areas

Articling Requirements

Enrolled members will still be required to complete 24 months of post-enrolment work experience. There are four articling (work experience) checkpoints set at the sixth, twelfth, eighteenth and twenty-fourth month period in the new process. You will be required to demonstrate that you have satisfied the minimum articling requirements to proceed to the next module. The first checkpoint is after module 2a. For more information, see the Articling Requirements section under your applicable Become a Member page.

Core Competency Requirements

FITs, TFTs, and TNRPs have already satisfied the core competency requirements through the completion of their post-secondary program.
Allied Science Foresters in Training and Allied Science Trainee Forest Technologists will be required to complete the core competency assessment process. You must have submitted your core competency assessment application before you will be allowed to proceed to any of the modules after module 2a. If the assessment determines that you still have outstanding competency requirements to satisfy, all of these will need to be completed before you can proceed to module 6a. For more information, see the Competency Requirements section under your applicable Become a Member page.

Orientation Webinars

We held several orientation webinars on the new registration process. Click one of the links below to learn more about the new registration process and requirements. Sponsors, newly enrolled members, and those considering transition are encouraged to listen. Although each webinar covers the same information, questions are unique to each session.

June 7, 2016 Webinar May 16, 2016 Webinar
April 26, 2016 Webinar

Learning Management System (LMS) Orientation Video

Learn about how to use the LMS and the requirements for enrolled members and sponsors.

Orientation Video/Module


Transitioning to the New Process

The new process will be available to enrolled members in April 2016. ABCFP staff, committees, volunteers and contractors are currently working on the policies and processes to support this transition. Watch for updates on the website and in The Increment e-newsletter.

New Prospective Applicants

You will be automatically by enrolled in the new registration process when it is available. Submit an application for membership and begin to accrue your articling requirements once your application is approved. Click on the applicable membership category under Become a Member Section to learn more and apply.

Current Enrolled Members 

Enrolled on December 1, 2015 or later: You will automatically be enrolled in the new online process when it is available. You do not have to do anything further. More information will be provided to you at that time. Continue working on your articling requirements and competency requirements (if applicable).
Enrolled on November 30, 2015 or before: You have the option to transfer to the new registration process or complete the registration exam requirements by 2017. We are now accepting applications to transfer to the new process. Go to the Transition page for more information on the implications of transition and transitioning timing. 


Please refer to the New Registration Process FAQ page.