There are two main types of forest professionals with full practice rights: Registered Professional Foresters (RPF) and Registered Forest Technologists (RFT). There are also several categories of associate registrants with varying or limited practice rights.
Practising Registered Professional Foresters
An RPF commonly holds a four-year post-secondary degree and is involved in all aspects of managing the forest and how it will be used and cared for.
Practising RPFs are responsible for looking after the forests, forest lands, and forest resources of BC, along with other forest professionals. They are entitled to engage in the full range of practice of professional forestry, to the extent consistent with their education, training, and experience.
Practising Registered Forest Technologists
An RFT commonly holds a two-year post-secondary diploma in forestry or natural resource management.
The functions and responsibilities of a practising RFT are more operational and specialized to on-the-ground fieldwork. RFTs are mainly involved in technical forest management activities, such as forest measurements, silviculture, forest operations, and forest protection, and are employed in a wide variety of positions, with an emphasis on the stand level, forest practices, practical skills, and operating within established guidelines.
Associate Registrant Categories
Natural Resource Professionals
Natural Resource Professionals (NRP) registrants and may only engage in limited aspects of professional forestry that have been approved by FPBC Board. They generally have a conservation or environmental science background.
Accredited Timber Cruisers or Evaluators
Accredited Timber Cruisers (ATC) or Evaluators (ATE) may only engage in forestry activities related to the areas of timber inventory, timber valuation, appraisal, and timber supply.
Silvicultural Accredited Surveyors
Silvicultural Accredited Surveyors (SAS) are generally involved in forestry activities related to silviculture surveys.
Individuals who don’t have the educational requirements to become registered professionals but are deemed qualified to practise in a very limited area of professional forestry may apply for a Limited Licence.
Foresters in Training
The Forester in Training (FIT) designation leads to practising RPF status. FIT registrants have completed a post-secondary degree from an accredited forestry program and are working through the FPBC articling process.
Allied Science Foresters-in-Training
The Allied Science Forester in Training (ASFIT) designation also leads to practising RPF status. ASFIT registrants have completed a post-secondary degree in forestry or a related field and are working through the FPBC articling process.
Trainee Forest Technologist
The Trainee Forest Technologist (TFT) designation leads to practising RFT status. TFT registrants have completed a recognized forest technology diploma and are working through the FPBC articling process.
Allied Science Trainee Forest Technologist
The Allied Science Trainee Forest Technologist (ASTFT) designation also leads to practising RFT status. ASTFT registrants have a technology diploma in forest technology or an allied discipline and are working through the FPBC articling process.