BYLAW 5: CATEGORIES OF MEMBERSHIP

Published: November 2015

5.1 There are six (6) classes of membership under the Foresters Act as follows:

5.1.1 Registered members;
5.1.2 Enrolled members;
5.1.3 Retired registered members;
5.1.4 Holders of special permits;
5.1.5 Associate members; and
5.1.6 Honorary members.

Registered Members

5.2 There shall be two (2) categories of the registered member class:

5.2.1 Registered Professional Foresters; and
5.2.2 Registered Forest Technologists.

5.3 Council shall admit to the registered class of membership, all those applicants who meet the requirements of Section 14 of the Foresters Act, these bylaws, and the policies and procedures established by council and who pay the fees prescribed by council.

5.4 Any registered member who does not conform to the requirements outlined in the Foresters Act, these bylaws, resolutions of council, and the policies and procedures published by council from time-to-time, shall be liable to have his/her registration suspended or cancelled as the case may warrant.

Enrolled Members

5.5 There shall be three categories of enrolled members:

5.5.1 Foresters-in-Training;
5.5.2 Forestry Pupils; and
5.5.3 Trainee Forest Technologists.

5.6 Upon receipt of fees as set out in the fee schedule published to the members, council shall enroll an applicant to the Forester-in-Training category if that person provides evidence satisfactory to council that he/she:

5.6.1 Has met the academic requirements specified by council;
5.6.2 Is of good character and repute; and
5.6.3 Meets all other requirements set out in these bylaws and by resolution or policy of council.

5.7 The membership of Forestry Pupils category established under Bylaw 5.5.2 consists of those individuals who were previously enrolled as Forestry Pupils before December 1, 2005, and who have maintained that enrolment in good standing or who have been reinstated by the association as a Forestry Pupil.

5.8 Upon receipt of fees as set out in the fee schedule published to the members, council shall enroll an applicant to the Trainee Forest Technologist category if that person provides evidence satisfactory to council that he/she:

5.8.1 Has graduated from a forest technologist program recognized by council; or
5.8.2 Not having graduated from a forest technologist program recognized by council, possesses such academic requirements specified by council;
5.8.3 Has had such experience in forestry work as prescribed by council;
5.8.4 Is of good character and repute; and
5.8.5 Meets all other requirements set out in these bylaws and by resolution or policy of council.

5.9 If council is dissatisfied with the evidence submitted by an applicant for enrolment, council may refuse enrolment until the applicant furnishes satisfactory evidence.

5.10 Forestry Pupils and Foresters-in-Training must satisfy the requirements of council and, along with Trainee Forest Technologists, must take such courses, pass such exams, and attain such work experience as may be required by council before they shall be eligible for registration.

5.11 Any Enrolled Member who does not conform to the requirements outlined in the Foresters Act, these bylaws, resolutions of council, and the policies and procedures published by council from time-to-time, shall be liable to have his/her application for enrolment rejected or his/her enrolment suspended or cancelled as the case may warrant.

Retired Registered Members

5.12 There shall be two (2) categories of retired registered members:

5.12.1 Retired members; and
5.12.2 Life members.

5.13 Council may admit a registered member to the retired membership category who:

5.13.1 Submits to the association the application forms and supporting documentation required by council;
5.13.2 Satisfies council that they are not engaged in the practice of professional forestry as defined in the Foresters Act  and they do not intend to return to practice in the future;
5.13.3 Signs a non-practice declaration;
5.13.4 Is fifty-five (55) years of age or older, or if not fifty five (55) years of age or older, can demonstrate extenuating circumstances to the satisfaction of council; and
5.13.5 Agrees to pay the required membership fees set out in the fee schedule published to the members.

5.14 Council may admit a registered member to the life membership category who:

5.14.1 Has:

5.14.1.1 Been nominated by not less than five (5) registered members or retired registered members; and/or
5.14.1.2 Is recommended by the Board of Examiners for life membership.
5.14.2 Satisfies council that they are not engaged in the practice of professional forestry as defined in the Foresters Act   and have signed a non- practice declaration.
5.14.3 Is fifty-five (55) years of age or older, or if not fifty five (55) years of age or older, can demonstrate extenuating circumstances to the satisfaction of council;
5.14.4 Has been a registered member in good standing for a minimum of twenty-five (25) years unless the member can demonstrate extenuating circumstances to the satisfaction of council (previous professional registration in the practice of forestry will be considered) ; and
5.14.5 In the opinion of council, has made an exemplary contribution to the profession of forestry or the practice of forest technology, as the case may be.

Special Permits

5.15 There shall be three (3) categories of special permits:

5.15.1 Special permits for Visiting Professional Foresters as defined in Section 19 of the Foresters Act;
5.15.2 Special permits for Transferring Professional Foresters as defined in Section 19 of the Foresters Act; and
5.15.3 Limited licenses.

5.16 Council may grant a special permit to a Visiting Professional Forester on such terms and conditions it deems appropriate, such terms and conditions to be clearly stated on any permit so issued.

5.16.1 Special permits for Visiting Professional Foresters shall be limited to the time required to undertake a specific task or project and shall normally not exceed a term of twelve (12) months.
5.16.2 If a Visiting Professional Forester granted a special permit applies to extend the term of his/her special permit prior to its expiration, council may grant such application; otherwise, each application shall be considered a separate and new application.
5.16.3 Unless special circumstances acceptable to council can be demonstrated, a special permit for a Visiting Professional Forester may only be renewed once.

5.17 Council may grant a special permit to a Transferring Professional Forester on such terms and conditions it approves, such terms and conditions to be clearly stated on any permit so issued.

5.17.1 Special permits for Transferring Professional Foresters may grant rights of title and either full or partial rights of practice to those persons who have obtained the status of Registered Professional Forester (RPF) in another recognized Canadian jurisdiction.
5.17.2 Council may impose terms and conditions on a Transferring Professional Forester’s practice until such time as he/she passes the registration examination. Any terms and conditions imposed under authority of this bylaw will be consistent with commitments made by, or agreements entered into by the association from time-to-time, pertaining to interprovincial labour mobility.

5.18 Council may grant a Limited Licence to practise professional forestry with respect to a particular work or Limited purpose to a person who does not have the training required of a Registered Professional Forester or Registered Forest Technologist where it is satisfied that the applicant:

5.18.1 Is of good character and repute; and
5.18.2 Has a science degree in a discipline and from a university program approved by council; a diploma from a college program or other academic qualification approved by council; or
5.18.3 Has other qualifications acceptable to council; and
5.18.4 Has five (5) years of experience in forestry work satisfactory to council. The experience requirement may include up to a maximum of three (3) years spent in obtaining post-secondary academic education acceptable to council. At least the last two (2) years experience must have been gained from working within the area of the practice of professional forestry to which the Limited Licence is to apply, one (1) year of which must have been within British Columbia, and 5.18.5 Has secured and presented four (4) references acceptable to council including at least two (2) from registered members; and
5.18.6 Has successfully completed the Limited Licence application process and examination process adopted by council from time-to-time and has been recommended for acceptance as a Limited licensee by the board of examiners; and
5.18.7 Has paid the fees prescribed by council; and
5.18.8 Has met all other requirements, policies and procedures pertaining to limited licenses adopted by council from time-to-time.

5.19 Limited licenses shall only be valid for the term of years specified in the permit but may be renewed at the discretion of, and on such other terms and conditions deemed appropriate by, council:

5.19.1 Upon application by the limited license holder; and
5.19.2 Approval of that application by council on such further terms and conditions as it deems appropriate.

5.20 The names of each limited license holder, along with details describing the terms and scope of his/her license shall be maintained by the registrar on a separate Roll designated for such permit holders.

5.21 Any applicant for a special permit or holder of a special permit who does not conform to the requirements outlined in the Foresters Act, these bylaws, resolutions of council, and the policies and procedures published by council from time-to-time shall be liable to have his/her application rejected or permit suspended or cancelled as the case may warrant.

Associate Members

5.22 There shall be one category of associate member:

5.22.1 council may admit an associate member to the retired membership category who:
5.22.1.1 Submits to the association the application forms and supporting documentation required by council;
5.22.1.2 Satisfies council that they are not engaged in the practice of professional forestry as defined in the Foresters Act  and they do not intend to return to practice in the future;
5.22.1.3 Signs a non-practice declaration;
5.22.1.4 Is fifty-five (55) years of age or older, or if not fifty five (55) years of age or older, can demonstrate extenuating circumstances to the satisfaction of council; and
5.22.1.5 Agrees to pay the required membership fees set out in the fee schedule published to the members.

5.23 In the event an associate member later applies for and is admitted to another membership class, he/she shall assume the rights and obligations associated with that other class.

5.24 An associate member who does not conform to the requirements outlined in the Foresters Act, resolutions of council, these bylaws, and policies and procedures published by council from time-to-time shall be liable to have his/her membership cancelled.

Honorary Members

5.25 Upon nomination signed by ten (10) or more voting members, council and past presidents may elect a person who is not a member but has made an outstanding contribution to forestry to be an honorary member.

5.26 In the event an honorary member later applies for and is admitted to another membership class, he/she shall assume the rights and obligations associated with that other class.

5.27 Any honorary member who does not conform to the requirements outlined in the Foresters Act, resolutions of council, these bylaws, and policies and procedures published by council from time-to-time shall be liable to have his/her membership cancelled.


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