Limited Licence

To practise professional forestry in BC, as defined by the Forest Professionals Regulation under the Professional Governance Act (PGA), you must be registered with FPBC.

FPBC recognizes the work of individuals who practise in a specialized niche of reserved forestry practice as a relevant contribution towards managing, advising on, performing, or directing works, services, or undertakings respecting trees, forests, forest lands, forest resources, forest ecosystems, or forest transportation systems in a natural or managed, rural or urban environment, and any related, incidental or ancillary services or activities, along with the promotion and implementation of principles of forest stewardship.

Overall, these registrants provide a complementary but vital role in a team of forest professionals.

Limited Licence (LL) may be available exclusively to practising RFTs and associate registrants, specifically affiliated forest professionals, natural resource professionals, or forest technicians who are authorized under bylaws 5-5, 5-6, 5-7, and 5-8, respectively.

Those who satisfy the provisions of Bylaw 6-7 and any conditions established by the credentials committee policy will be authorized to independently engage in a specific or limited aspect of forestry reserved practice.

Process to Become a Limited Licence holder

This information will help you determine if you are eligible to apply for a Limited Licence.

The following registrant categories are eligible to apply:

  • Practising RFT
  • Associate Registrants
    • Natural Resource Professional (NRP)
    • Forest Technician
    • Affiliated Forest Professional (AFP)

To become a Limited Licence (LL) holder, you must:

  • Be in good standing
  • Have the minimum education and/or experience or other qualifications established by the Credentials Committee to the specific or limited aspect of forestry reserved practice applied for and are acceptable to the Registrar and the Credentials Committee–Limited Licence Working Group
  • Apply to become a LL holder
  • Complete the LL review process
    • Application Review
    • Validation of competence to practice by applicant’s guarantors and witnesses
    • Meeting with the Credentials Committee-Limited Licence Working Group (LLWG) and/or field review
    • Exam (if needed)
    • Decision to accept/reject the application

Becoming a Limited Licence Holder

After we’ve confirmed that you have satisfactorily met the requirements, we will forward the approval of your licence to FPBC Credentials Committee.

Upon approval:

  • You may use the title ‘Limited Licence Holder’ or the abbreviation ‘LL’ following Bylaw 5-17(8).
  • You will be granted authorization to a specific or limited aspect of forestry reserved practice.
  • You will be sent an official Certificate of Registration.
  • You will be able to order your LL designation stamp/seal, and/or your notarized digital signature.

How to Apply for a Limited Licence

If you are eligible to apply for a Limited Licence, submit a complete Limited Licence Application package:

Send applications to admission@fpbc.ca.

Your application will be reviewed by FPBC and an interview with you and guarantors and/or a field review will be conducted to assess whether you have the skills and abilities to perform the work described in the intended scope of practice and/or draft limited licence.

Application Process

Step 1

Complete and submit the Limited Licence Application, which includes:

  1. A clear description of the specific or limited aspect of forestry reserved practice for which the applicant requests a Limited Licence in the Intended Scope of Practice (ISP) form. The form must be signed off by the applicant and the two guarantors who are FPBC practising registrants;
  2. A sample of professional work product to demonstrate that the applicant has previously completed or is currently performing the tasks under the work described in the ISP form.
  3. Three Confidential Work History References, each of which must be verified by an FPBC practising RPF who is:
    • competent in the area of practice identified in the application; and
    • can verify that the applicant has the skills and abilities required for the work described.
  4. Payment of the application and technical review fees as listed in the fee schedule.

Step 2

The application will be reviewed by the Credentials Committee – Limited Licence Working Group (LLWG). A web conference interview and/or a field review will be conducted with the applicant and guarantors to assess whether the applicant has the skills and abilities to perform the work described in the intended scope of practice and/or draft Limited Licence.

Step 3

If the application is approved, then the applicant pays the remaining applicable fees.

Step 4

The Limited Licence is granted once full payment is received.

What’s Next?

Once your application has been assessed by the Limited Licence Working Group, the registration department will provide you with further instructions.

Questions

Contact the registration department if you have any questions about the application process.