Process to Become an RPF

The information here will help you determine if you are eligible to apply for one of our training programs to become a Registered Professional Forester (RPF).

There are two types of trainee categories that will eventually lead you to full status as an RPF:

  • Forester in Training (FIT)

  • Allied Science Forester in Training (ASFIT)

To become a practising RPF registrant with FPBC you must:

Apply to Become a Trainee Registrant

Individuals who want to register as an FIT or ASFIT to become a practising RPF must have either completed a Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board (CFAB) accredited degree program within the past 10 years or hold a degree in forestry or a related field. All individuals who want to apply for registration as a trainee must complete the eligibility assessment. This process assesses your academic background and work experience to determine if you are eligible to apply for registration with FPBC. If you are determined to be eligible, you will be invited to submit an application for registration.

Complete the FPBC Education Program Requirements

Once your registration as a trainee has been approved, you will automatically be enrolled in an FPBC education program.

During your enrolment as a trainee, you must complete the following before your trainee registration expires:

  • six education modules in the FPBC online learning management system;
  • articling requirements including work experience;
  • core competency requirements (only applies to ASFITs).

Completing all the education program requirements takes a minimum of 24 months.

Becoming a Practising RPF

After we’ve confirmed that you have completed all your registration requirements, we will forward the approval of your RPF designation to the FPBC Board. Upon approval:

  • You will receive the RPF title and designation.
  • You will be granted authorization to practise professional forestry in BC as noted in the Scope of Practice section.
  • You will be required to meet the requirements for RPF registration.
  • You will be sent an official Certificate of Registration.
  • You will be able to order your designation stamp/seal, and/or your notarized digital signature.
  • You will be formally inducted to FPBC at our annual conference.