Special Practice Permits Holders

  • Have permits granted on a temporary basis to practise aspects of professional forestry in British Columbia
  • Can have one of three types of special permits
Limited LicenceTransferring Professional Foresters Visiting Professional Foresters

Limited Licence

You may qualify for a Limited Licence to practise if you do not have the educational requirements to become a forest professional but satisfy us that you meet the required standards to engage in certain limited aspects of professional forestry practice.

 

Eligibility Requirements

  1. You must have a science degree in a discipline and from a university program approved by council; a diploma from a college program or other academic qualification approved by council; or have other qualifications acceptable to council.
  2. You must have five years of experience in forestry work satisfactory to council. The experience requirement may include up to a maximum of three years spent in obtaining post secondary academic education acceptable to council. At least the last two years experience must have been gained from working within the area of the practice of professional forestry to which the Limited Licence is to apply, one year of which must have been within British Columbia.

Admissions

  1. Determine if you are eligible to apply for a Limited Licence (see requirements above)
  2. Complete Special Permit: Limited Licence Application Package* and submit it and any other required documents and fees.
  3. Your application will be reviewed by the ABCFP and a teleconference interview with you and guarantors and/or a field review will be conducted to assess whether you have the skills and abilities to perform the work described in the intended scope of practice and/or draft limited licence.
  4. If you qualify for a Limited Licence but are not a registered member, you will be administered an exam to test your understanding of professional obligations under the Foresters Act and ABCFP bylaws.
  5. A Limited Licence is granted if you are approved.

Note: Limited Licences are valid for the term issued and may be renewed at the discretion of council.

Complete details about Limited Licences are contained in Bylaw 5.

Questions?

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.

Transferring Professional Foresters (TPF)

If you are a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) from another Canadian jurisdiction and not covered by the provisions of the Trade Investment Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA), you may qualify for a special permit to practise in BC until such time as you pass the RPF registration exam and become an RPF in BC. Once enrolled as a TPF, you may be eligible to practise forestry under certain terms and conditions.

Admissions

  1. Determine if you are eligible to apply for as a TPF (see above)
  2. Complete Registered Forest Professional Application Package* and submit it and any other required documents and fees.
  3. Your application will be reviewed by ABCFP.
  4. TPF designation is granted if your application is approved.

Note: If you are a Registered Professional Forester or Forest Technologist from another Canadian jurisdiction and are covered by provisions of the Trade Investment Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) or Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), you can apply for recognition as Registered Professional Forester or Forest Technologist in BC and be entitled to full practice rights in BC. More information on transferring with full practice rights can be found the Transferring page. 

More details about special permits for Transferring Professionals Foresters can be found in Bylaw 5.

Questions?

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.

Visiting Professional Foresters

If you are a professional forester visiting from a recognized jurisdiction outside BC and you will be working in BC on a specific job for less than one year, you may qualify for a special permit.

Special permits for Visiting Professional Foresters are limited to the time required to undertake a specific task or project and do not normally exceed 12 months. As a Visiting Professional Forester, you may apply for one extension of the term of your special permit (prior to its expiration). Special permits for Visiting Professional Foresters may only be renewed once unless special circumstances can be demonstrated.

Bylaw 5 provides more details regarding special permits for Visiting Professional Foresters.

Admissions

The application package for Visiting Professional Foresters is under development. Please contact the registration department directly for more information.

Questions?

Please contact the registration department.