Status & Name Changes

Leave of Absence Life Membership Reinstate or Reapply
Resign Retire Name Changes

Leave of Absence

If you are a member taking a temporary break from the practice of professional forestry in BC, you may be eligible for a leave of absence (LOA).

Reasons for Requesting a Leave of Absence Include:

  • not actively working toward registration
  • medical considerations
  • maternity or paternity leave
  • returning to school
  • living and working outside the province
  • working in a job that doesn't involve the practice of professional forestry
  • unemployment

How to Apply for a Leave of Absence

1. Determine your eligibility.

2. Complete the Change of Status Form*. Leave of absence applications have different fees depending on when they are submitted (see below).

  • LOA at the start of ABCFP fiscal year (December 1). A completed Change of Status application form and the 2017 LOA fee of $104.01 (GST included) must be received by the membership renewal deadline, December 1. Applications completed or received between December 2 and January 31 are considered late and must also include the administrative fee of $57.75 (GST included) on late membership renewal. Members who are unable to renew their status or submit a complete application by January 31 will be struck from the rolls.
  • LOA any time after the membership renewal period and annual membership dues have been paid. A completed Change of Status application form must be submitted. No additional fees required.

Once your LOA application is received, it will be forwarded to the registrar and director of act compliance, the board of examiners, or the professional practice committee (PPC) for consideration/approval. The review process takes approximately four to six weeks, and in cases where PPC review is required, may take longer. Fees are processed following approval of your request.

Renewing a Leave of Absence

A leave of absence is in effect only until the end of each ABCFP fiscal year (November 30).

  • Re-apply by November 30 following the steps noted above under the heading How to Apply for a Leave of Absence
  • If you do not reapply for LOA by the November 30 deadline, you will be assessed the administrative fee on late membership renewal. If you are eligible for compulsory reinstatement as noted in the policy/procedures, you be reinstated to active status. You will also be invoiced for the reinstatement fee, the full annual membership dues for the incoming fiscal year and the administrative fee on late membership renewal. See the Fee Schedule for amounts.
  • All members (except enrolled members) applying for an LOA and who are working in BC, in any capacity, are required to complete the self-assessment process including the declaration. Details are available in the form.

Reinstatement from Leave of Absence

See the Reinstatement section for more information.

Need more info?

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. This form must be signed. To submit by e-mail, once you complete the form, print a copy, sign and scan it in order to e-mail it. Submission details are available in the form.

Life Membership

Life membership is a special honour available to individuals who have made an exemplary contribution to the profession of forestry or the practice of forest technology. Life membership allows a member to remain actively involved with the profession and the affairs of the association. As an added bonus, there is no annual membership fee for life members.

Nominate a Member for Life Membership

Read What Constitutes Exemplary Contribution to the Profession?

If you feel that a member has met the requirements and would like to have them be considered for life membership by the board of examiners please submit:

The Life Membership Nomination Form* which needs to include:

  1. Detailed examples that clearly demonstrate how the nominee has made an exemplary contribution to the profession of forestry, and
  2. Signatures of at least five registered or retired members who support the request.

Reinstatement

If you are a life member and wish to return to practise, you may be eligible to reinstate to your former membership class and category. Please see the Reinstate or Reapply heading of this page for more information.

*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. This form must be signed. To submit by e-mail, once you complete the form, print a copy, sign and scan it in order to e-mail it. Submission details are available in the form.

Reinstate or Reapply

To reinstate is to return to your former membership status.
To reapply is to apply anew for one of our enrolment programs.

You may be eligible for reinstatement if:

  • you are on a leave of absence,
  • have retired or life membership status,
  • have resigned from the association, or
  • have been removed or struck.

How to Apply for Reinstatement

1. Determine your eligibility and requirements. Read the:

2. Complete the Request for Reinstatement Form*.

3. Submit the form along with the reinstatement fee (read the policy/procedures for exemptions) and membership fee. See the Fee Schedule for amounts.

Note: payment for all outstanding fees on your account must also be submitted at the time of reinstatement. If you are reinstating from removal please contact the finance department ahead of time to determine any outstanding fees on your account. 

Once your complete request is received, it will be forwarded to the registrar and director of act compliance, the board of examiners, and/or council for approval. The review process takes approximately four to six weeks. Fees are processed after approval. 

How to Reapply for Membership

You are not eligible to apply for reinstatement and must reapply for membership if you are a former member who was:

  • registered with conditional status (e.g. conditional RFT), or
  • an enrolled member over three years ago.

Visit the Becoming a Member section of the website for more information on your intended designation.

Need More Information?

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. This form must be signed. To submit by e-mail, once you complete the form, print a copy, sign and scan it in order to e-mail it. Submission details are available in the form.

Resign

If you are no longer practising professional forestry in British Columbia or no longer wish to pursue registration, you may request to resign from the association.

How to Resign

1. Determine your eligibility. Read the:

2. Submit the Change of Status Form*. 

Once your complete request is received, it will be forwarded to the registrar and director of act compliance, the board of examiners, and/or the professional practice committee (PPC) for approval. The review process takes approximately four to six weeks, and in cases where PPC review is required it may take longer. There are no fees for resignation requests.

Property of the Association

If you resign from membership, you must surrender your Certificate of Registration or Special Permit, stamp and seal to the registrar and director of act compliance. These items will be returned to you should you later be reinstated.

Reinstate or Reapply

If you later wish to return to practice, you may be eligible to reinstate to your former membership class and category. If you wait too long, you may be required to reapply anew. For more information, see the Reinstating and Reapplying section.

Need More Information?

Contact the registration department.

Retire

Retired membership allows you to remain actively involved with the profession and the affairs of the association and to receive BC Forest Professional magazine. It is only available to registered members who are no longer practising professional forestry in BC.

How to Apply for Retired Membership

  1. Determine your eligibility. Refer to ABCFP Bylaw 5.13 and the Members Change of Status Policy.
  2. Complete the Change of Status Form* and submit it with the retired member annual membership fee. The 2017 fee for retired members is $45.55 (GST included).

Once your complete request is received, it will be forwarded to the registrar and director of act compliance, the board of examiners, and/or the professional practice committee (PPC) for consideration/approval. The review process takes approximately four to six weeks, and in cases where PPC review is required it may take longer. Fees are processed after approval.

If you plan to retire from professional practice at some point beyond January 31, you are required to renew your active membership, and pay the full annual fee, before the December 1 due date. Please submit your retirement application when you are nearing your retirement date and a portion of your annual fees will be refunded in accordance with the abatements (See the Fees page) after approval.

Retired Members can also Receive Life Membership Status

Life membership is a special honour available to individuals who have made an exemplary contribution to the profession of forestry or the practice of forest technology. For more information, see Life Member section of this page.

Returning to Practice

If you wish to return to practice, you may be eligible to reinstate your former membership class and category. For more information, see the Reinstating and Reapplying section.

Need More Information?

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. This form must be signed. To submit by e-mail, once you complete the form, print a copy, sign and scan it in order to e-mail it. Submission details are available in the form.

Name Changes

The official register of members or membership roll must contain each member's full legal name.

Be sure to notify us promptly if your name changes. If you are a registered member or special permit holder, you will need to order a new stamp and seal (go to the Stamps, Certificates & Seals tab). If you have made a legal name change as noted heading below you must also order a new registration certificate or special permit. 

Name Change as the Result of Marriage

If your name change is the result of marriage, you will need to submit a copy of your marriage certificate.

Name Change as the Result of Divorce

If your name changed is the result of divorce, you will need to submit the following: (1) a copy of your birth certificate; and (2) a copy of a piece of identification bearing your married name.

Legal Name Change

If your name change is the result of a legal name change, you will need to submit a copy of your Certificate of Change of Name. You must order a new registration certificate or special permit. Contact the registration department for details.

Submission

All documentation should be sent to the registration department by fax (604.687.3264) or e-mail (admissions@abcfp.ca).