How to Apply to the ASTFT Program

The Allied Science Trainee Forest Technologist (ASTFT) program is for individuals who have completed technology diplomas from an unrecognized/non-accredited diploma program or a foreign program in forestry or an allied discipline.

You may be eligible for ASTFT registration if you have:

  • completed an FPBC Recognized Diploma Program outside of the recognized period;
  • completed an unrecognized post-secondary technology diploma program (usually with a minimum of 1,000 credit hours) in forestry or an allied discipline, such as natural resource management, fish, wildlife and recreation, or GIS;

  • completed a post-secondary technician diploma program (usually with a minimum of 1,000 credit hours) in forestry or allied discipline and have forest technology work experience;

  • a combined academic and practice equivalent to a technology diploma (questions about eligibility in these cases are highly specific and should be discussed with staff in the registration department;

  • have an international forestry program equivalent to a diploma program. International forestry programs (completed outside of Canada or the US), 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.

If you want to apply for the ASTFT program, you must complete the following steps:

  • confirm your eligibility to apply for registration;
  • prepare your application;
  • apply online.

Confirm your Eligibility

You must have FPBC confirm you meet the eligibility requirements before applying for registration. This is done through the FPBC Eligibility Screening Process

Prepare Your Application

You will be required to submit the follow as apart of your application for registration.

Official Transcripts

You must provide official transcripts for all education programs you have completed.

Acceptable Transcripts

  • Option 1: If you have completed your education within Canada: Request that official transcripts are sent directly from your institution to FPBC. If your credential has not yet been conferred, as a temporary measure we will accept a letter from the academic institution you have attended verifying that you have completed all requirements of your education program.

  • Option 2: If you completed your education outside of Canada: You submit an official educational credential assessment report as a component of your eligibility assessment. We will have this information on file if this step has been completed.

Transcripts should be mailed to:

Registration Department
Forest Professionals BC
602 – 1281 W. Georgia St.
Vancouver, BC V6E 3J7


You must upload a current resume that outlines all relevant education and work experience you have completed to date.

Sponsor and Articling Agreement

You must identify an individual who is willing and authorized to sponsor you during your time as a trainee. Practising RPFs are authorized to sponsor trainees enrolled in the FIT, TFT, ASFIT and ASTFT programs. Practising RFTs are authorized to sponsor people enrolled in the TFT and ASTFT programs.


There are two fees that you must submit as apart of your application for registration:

  • enrollment fee;
  • pre-payment of annual dues.

Apply Online

Once you are deemed eligible to apply and have collected all your documents, you can submit an application for registration.