Registered Professional Foresters (RPFs)

To practice professional forestry in BC, as defined by the Foresters Act, you must be a member of the ABCFP.

Registered Professional Foresters (RPFs) are responsible for looking after the forests, forest lands and forest resources of British Columbia along with other forest professionals.

  • The functions and accountabilities of an RPF are generally more broadly defined than other forest professionals and tend to address forest and landscape level issues including the design of complex forest management regimes to achieve long-term outcomes. 
  • RPFs are also called upon to make decisions such as when, where and how to harvest and reforest areas; how to rehabilitate ecosystems to ensure the protection of forest values including fish, wildlife and water.
  • To be a RPF requires a bachelor of science in forestry, or a different science-based degree in natural resource management specializing in forestry.

Become a Member

Check out the registration requirements to become a Registered Forest Professional.

RPF Scope of Practice

RPFs are entitled to engage in the full range of practice of professional forestry as defined in the Foresters Act and to the extent consistent with their education, training, and experience.

Routes of Entry

Read the Registration Policy (2016), Registration Procedures, and Articling Procedures for information on membership.

There are three ways to become an RPF.

  1. Enroll in the Forester in Training (FIT) program
  2. Enroll in the Allied Forester in Training (ASFIT) program
  3. Enter as a Transferring Forest Professional

If you are a Registered Forest Technologist (RFT) interested in the RPF designation and do not meet the eligibility requirements for FIT or ASFIT membership noted below, please refer to section 2.1.3. of the Registration Procedures for more information.

1. ENROLL IN THE FORESTER IN TRAINING (FIT) PROGRAM

Eligibility Requirements

>> Graduated from a Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board (CFAB) accredited degree program within the last 10 years*.

CFAB accredited degree programs satisfy the core competency requirements for RPF membership as part of their program content. Visit the (CFAB) website for a list of accredited programs

*Graduates of CFAB accredited degrees that were conferred 10 or more years ago, will be subject to a currency review. Applicants, in this circumstance, will be required to provide detailed information on what they have been doing since graduation to remain current with the RPF core competency standards. A more detailed review of an applicant's credentials may result in enrollment into the Allied Science Forester in Training program.

Registration Requirements During Enrolment.

Once enrolled, FITs must complete the following registration requirements:

  1. Six Experience Areas Modules
  2. Articling Requirements

Review the registration requirements pages for details. If you meet the FIT program eligibility requirements, apply for membership now.

2. ENROLL IN THE ALLIED SCIENCE FORESTER IN TRAINING (ASFIT) PROGRAM

Eligibility Requirements

>> Graduated from a non-accredited program or a foreign program.

You may be eligible for ASFIT membership without a CFAB accredited degree if:

  • You have completed a post-secondary degree (usually a 4-year science-based program) in forestry or a related field such as geography or biology. See list of accepted programs below.
    - OR -
  • You possess a combined academic and practice equivalent to a degree, you may also be eligible for admission as an ASFIT. Questions about eligibility in these cases are highly specific and should be discussed with staff in the registration department.
    - OR -
  • You completed an international forestry degree program. International forestry programs (completed outside of Canada or the USA), must go through comprehensive assessment by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) to determine your education's Canadian equivalent. If you have already had your credentials assessed by another evaluation service, e-mail us a copy, along with your resume and we will review it to determine if it is acceptable.
Programs Qualifying for ASFIT Membership

Graduates from the following programs are eligible to apply for ASFIT membership:

  • Lakehead University - Honours Bachelor of Environmental Management
  • Thompson Rivers University - Bachelor in Natural Resource Science
  • University of British Columbia - BSc. in Natural Resource Conservation
  • University of British Columbia - BSc. in Forest Sciences
  • University of British Columbia - Masters in Forestry or Masters in International Forestry
  • University of New Brunswick - Masters in Forestry
  • University of Northern British Columbia - Bachelor of Natural Resource Management
  • Completion of a 4-year BSc. in Biology at a Canadian University
  • Completion of a 4-year BSc. or BA in Geography at a Canadian University

There are many other accepted programs that are not in the above list. If your program is not listed above, please review the Am I Eligible for ASFIT Membership document.

Registration Requirements During Enrolment

Once enrolled, ASFITs must complete the following registration requirements:

  1. Six Experience Areas Modules
  2. Articling Requirements
  3. Core Competency Requirements

Review the registration requirements pages for details. If you meet the ASFIT program eligibility requirements, apply for membership now.

3. TRANSFERRING FOREST PROFESSIONAL

Eligibility Requirements

If you are a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) in another Canadian jurisdiction, you may qualify for recognition as a RPF in BC and be entitled to full practice rights in BC under the provisions of the labour mobility agreements.

Visit the Transferring Members page for more information.

NEED MORE INFORMATION?

Please contact the registration department.

Apply for Membership

Note: The information in this section pertains to only FIT and ASFIT candidates.

Become registered with the ABCFP in three steps:
  1. Become an Enrolled Member
  2. Complete the Registration Requirements
  3. Become a Registered Member

1. APPLY TO BECOME AN ENROLLED MEMBER

APPLY NOW:

Click to Apply for Membership

See the Application to Registration Process Chart for an overview of the application approval process.

2. COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

Once your FIT or ASFIT application is approved by council, you are entitled to use the title 'Forester in Training' and the designation 'FIT'.

FITs abide by the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice contained in the ABCFP Bylaws and complete the following registration requirements:

Read the specific registration pages for detailed information and see the Roadmap to Registration which illustrates how enrolled members proceed through the six experience areas, articling requirements, and competency requirements. Core competency checkpoints are for allied science members only.

For more details on becoming an enrolled member, see the Routes of Entry web pages and read the Registration Procedures.

3. BECOME A REGISTERED MEMBER (REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL FORESTER - RPF)

After we've confirmed that you have completed all your registration requirements, we will forward the approval of your RPF designation to Council. Upon approval:

  • You will receive the title, Registered Professional Forester, and designation, RPF.
  • You will be entitled to practice professional forestry in BC as noted in the Scope of Practice section.
  • You will be required to meet the requirements for RPF membership.
  • You will be sent an official Certificate of Registration.
  • You will be able to order your designation stamp/seal, and/or your notarized digital signature.
  • You will be formally inducted to the ABCFP at our annual conference.

QUESTIONS?

Please contact the registration department.


REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

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