Affiliated Forest Professional–Academic/Research

Affiliated Forest Professional–Academic/Research is available for individuals who teach subjects in the field of forest management and natural science at a post-secondary level, and/or undertake research relating to forest management and natural sciences as it relates to activities within the regulated practice defined in the Forest Professionals Regulation. Such individuals will not undertake activities within the reserved practice of professional forestry without additional certification.

The AFP-Academic/Research designation improves alignment between educators or researchers and the practising categories of FPBC registrants, as well as students enrolled in forestry related programs.


In addition to the application for admission requirements outlined in Bylaw 5.2, AFP-Academic/Research candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • a doctoral degree in a forestry or natural resource discipline and at least three years of continuous professional teaching or research experience; or

  • a master’s degree in a forestry or natural resources discipline and at least five years of continuous professional or research experience; or

  • a bachelor’s degree in a natural resource or forestry discipline and at least seven years of continuous teaching experience at the post-secondary level or professional research experience at the post-secondary level;

  • continuous professional teaching experience (must be at the post-secondary level); or
  • continuous professional research experience from post-secondary, government, or industry.

As proof of qualifications, candidates must submit:

  • official transcripts sent directly from the post-secondary institution to FPBC (Note: If you completed your education outside of Canada, you may be required to submit an official educational credential assessment (ECA) report as a component of your application. FPBC will advise if an ECA is required);

  • a detailed curriculum vitae;

  • evidence of competency in research or instruction (e.g., publications, course syllabi); and

  • at least two professional references who can attest to the applicant’s teaching or research experience.

Scope or Limitations

The AFP-Academic/Research designation permits such registrants to undertake activities in the regulated practice of professional forestry.

As in Bylaw 5-8(2), an AFP-Academic/Research may provide a service that is included in the reserved practice of forestry when under the direct supervision of an RPF, RFT, Visiting Forest Professional (VFP), or Transferring Forest Professional (TFP); by obtaining a limited licence under Bylaw 6-7.

Use of Title

An Affiliated Forest Professional–Academic/Research may use the abbreviated title AFP.

Registration Fees

AFP–Academic/Research applications require a one-time fee in addition to the annual FPBC registration fee. See our FPBC Registration Fees (all fees are subject to change at the FPBC Board’s discretion).

The one-time AFP application fee covers administration costs and access to the FPBC’s learning management system. AFPs must complete some online experience area modules that orient registrants to FPBC regulations and obligations. Requirements must be completed within the first year of registration, and each module takes a few hours to complete at your own pace.

Note: FPBC will provide instructions for online fee payment once your application is approved. You will also be provided with an FPBC registrant profile in our registrant management system (RMS).

Experience Area Modules

AFP–Academic/Research registrants must complete the following online experience area learning modules within 12 months of the initial registration being granted:

  • Professional Regulation and Ethics: Regulatory Framework I — Foundation;

  • 1c — Regulatory Framework II – Application;

  • 2a — Forest Stewardship and Professional Discretion Introduction;

  • 2b — Forest Stewardship and Professional Discretion Advanced; and

  • 3 — BC Professionals Working with Indigenous Communities.

AFP–Academic/Research registrants who are granted a limited licence must also complete online experience area learning Module 4–Forest Legislation and Policy, within 12 months of the initial limited licence being granted.