BYLAW 6: MEMBERSHIP RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS

Published: November 2015

Registered Members

6.1 Registered members shall:

6.1.1 In the case of Registered Professional Foresters:

6.1.1.1 Be entitled to engage in the full range of practice of professional forestry as defined in the Foresters Act and to the extent consistent with their education, training and experience; and
6.1.1.2 Be entitled to use the titles “Registered Professional Forester, or “Professional Forester” and the designations “RPF”, “R.P.F.”, or any other title or designation which would lead a member of the public to believe he/she is entitled to engage in the practice of professional forestry.

6.1.2 In the case of Registered Forest Technologists:

6.1.2.1 May engage in aspects of the practice of professional forestry to the extent consistent with their education, training and experience:

6.1.2.1.1 While executing, supervising the execution of or inspecting work designed by a Registered Professional Forester or special permit holder acting within the scope of their permit;
6.1.2.1.2 Under the direct supervision of a Registered Professional Forester or special permit holder acting within the scope of their permit; or
6.1.2.1.3 Independently, if carrying out those aspects of professional forestry practice within the following general practice areas as are described in guidelines established by council from time-to-time:

6.1.2.1.3.1 Forest measurements;
6.1.2.1.3.2 Silviculture;
6.1.2.1.3.3 Forest operations; and
6.1.2.1.3.4 Forest protection.
6.1.2.2 Be entitled to use the title “Registered Forest Technologist” and the designations “RFT”, or “R.F.T.”.
6.1.2.3 Not use any such other designation or title which could lead a member of the public to believe that he/she is entitled to engage in the practice of professional forestry;

6.1.3 Enjoy full voting and participation rights in the affairs of the Association; and
6.1.4 Not be eligible for annual renewal of membership unless:

6.1.4.1 The registered member has completed any mandatory peer or practice review required by a quality assurance program established by council under Section 11(1)(a.1) of the Foresters Act, by the applicable deadline or permitted extension of that deadline; or
6.1.4.2 Alternative arrangements satisfactory to the Continuing Competence Committee have been made for the registered member to complete, or, if there are exceptional circumstances, to excuse the registered member from completing, the mandatory peer or practice review.

6.1.5 Be eligible to apply for leaves of absence in accordance with the guidelines prescribed from time-to-time by council.

6.2 The guidelines established pursuant to Bylaw 6.1.2.1.3 will take into account the:

6.2.1 Level of education required for;
6.2.2 Complexity of; and
6.2.3 Scope of accountability and authority that may be assumed for, a given task or set of tasks within each of the areas of practice listed in Bylaw 6.1.2.1.3.

Enrolled Members

6.3 Foresters-in-Training and Forestry Pupils shall:

6.3.1 only be entitled to practice under the direct supervision of a registered member or special permit holder acting in accordance with the special permit.
6.3.2 Only use the titles and designations “Forester-in-Training”, “FIT”, “F.I.T.”, “Forestry Pupil”, “FP”, or “F.P.” as the case may be;
6.3.3 Not use any such other designation or title which could lead a member of the public to believe that he/she is a registered member qualified to independently practice.

6.4 Trainee Forest Technologists shall:

6.4.1 Only be entitled to practice under the direct supervision of a registered member;
6.4.2 Only use the title “Trainee Forest Technologist” and the designations “TFT” or “T.F.T.”; and
6.4.3 Not use any such other designation or title which could lead a member of the public to believe that he/she is a registered member qualified to independently practice.

6.5 All enrolled members, whether Foresters-in-Training, Forestry Pupils, or Trainee Forest Technologists shall:

6.5.1 Not sign, seal, or stamp professional documents;
6.5.2 Not enjoy voting rights;
6.5.3 Be able to serve on such association committees or subcommittees as council may deem appropriate except for: council; the Board of Examiners; or any complaints resolution or discipline related committee or subcommittee; and
6.5.4 Be eligible to apply for leaves of absence in accordance with the guidelines prescribed from time-to-time by council.

Retired Registered Members

6.6 Retired and Life members shall:

6.6.1 Not enjoy practice rights;
6.6.2 Not sign, seal, or stamp professional documents;
6.6.3 Only use the titles “Retired Professional Forester”, or “Retired Forest Technologist” (as the case may be), or the designations “RPF (Ret)”, “R.P.F. (Ret.)”, “RFT (Ret)”, or “R.F.T. (Ret)” (as the case may be);
6.6.4 Not use any such other designation or title which could lead a member of the public to believe that he/she is qualified to practice;
6.6.5 Unless otherwise limited in these bylaws, enjoy voting and participation rights in the affairs of the association; and
6.6.6 Not be eligible to apply for leaves of absence.

Special Permit Holders

6.7 A person who is a Visiting Professional Forester and Transferring Professional Foresters shall:

6.7.1 Only engage in the practice of professional forestry in strict accordance with the terms of their permit;
6.7.2 Sign, seal, or stamp only those professional documents, if any, they are authorized to sign, seal, or stamp in their grant of permit;
6.7.3 Clearly indicate or publish along with any use of a prescribed title or designation that:

6.7.3.1 They are a special permit holder;
6.7.3.2 The number of the special permit issued; and
6.7.3.3 All words of limitation contained in the grant of special permit;

6.7.4 Not enjoy voting rights;

6.7.5 May serve on only such association committees or subcommittees as the chief executive officer (CEO) or council determines is appropriate; and

6.7.6 Not be eligible for annual renewal of membership unless:

6.7.6.1 The person has completed any mandatory peer or practice review required by a quality assurance program established by council under Section 11(1)(a.1) of the Foresters Act, by the applicable deadline or any permitted extension of that deadline; or
6.7.6.2 Alternative arrangements satisfactory to the Continuing Competence Committee have been made for the person to complete, or, if there are exceptional circumstances, to excuse the person from completing, the mandatory peer or practice review.

6.7.7 Not be eligible to apply for leaves of absence.

6.8 Holders of a limited license shall:

6.8.1 Only engage in those aspects of the practice professional forestry permitted and in strict accordance with the terms and conditions of his/her limited license;
6.8.2 Only sign, seal, or stamp those professional documents, if any, they are authorized to sign, seal or stamp in the grant of license;
6.8.3 Only use the title “ABCFP Limited Licensee xxx”, where xxx is the Limited Licence number, followed by any words of limitation prescribed by council unless they are also a Registered Forest Technologist or a Registered Professional Forester;
6.8.4 Not use any other designation or title which could lead a member of the public to believe that he/she is entitled to engage in the practice of professional forestry other than as stipulated in the terms of his or her Limited Licence unless they are also a Registered Forest Technologist or Registered Professional Forester;
6.8.5 Unless otherwise limited in these bylaws, enjoy voting rights;
6.8.6 Not be eligible to serve on council unless they are also a Registered Forest Technologist or Registered Professional Forester;
6.8.7 Not be eligible for annual renewal of membership unless:

6.8.7.1 The holder of a limited license has completed any mandatory peer or practice review required by a quality assurance program established by council under Section 11(1)(a.1) of the Foresters Act, by the applicable deadline or any permitted extension of that deadline; or
6.8.7.2 Alternative arrangements satisfactory to the Continuing Competence Committee have been made for the holder of a limited license to complete, or, if there are exceptional circumstances, to excuse the holder of a limited license from completing, the mandatory peer or practice review.

6.8.8 Not be eligible to apply for leaves of absence, unless the limited license has been granted for a term of five (5) or more years and extenuating circumstances can be demonstrated to the satisfaction of council.

Associate Members

6.9 Associate members:

6.9.1 Shall not enjoy any rights of professional forestry practice except for certificate holders who have been granted a certificate of accreditation under section 16.1 of the Foresters Act.
6.9.2 May only use the title “ABCFP Associate Member” and/or “Accredited Timber Cruiser,” “ATC,” “Accredited Timber Evaluator,” “ATE,” “Silvicultural Accredited Surveyor,” “SAS,” or a title and designation that the associate member is allowed to use as per the Certificate and/or the Certificate of Accreditation granted by council.
6.9.3 Must not use any other title or designation which could lead a member of the public to believe that he/she is entitled to engage in the practice of professional forestry or forest technology;
6.9.4 Unless otherwise limited in these bylaws, shall enjoy voting rights;
6.9.5 May serve on only such association committees or subcommittees as the chief executive officer (CEO) or council determines is appropriate; and
6.9.6 Shall only be eligible to apply for leaves of absence as council determines is appropriate

6.10 Retired Associate Members shall:

6.10.1 Not enjoy practice rights;
6.10.2 Not sign, seal, or stamp professional documents;
6.10.3 Only use the titles “Retired Associate Member”, or “Retired Accredited Timber Cruiser” or “Retired Accredited Timber Evaluator” (as the case may be), or the designations “ATC (Ret)”, “ATE (Ret)” (as the case may be);
6.10.4 Not use any such other designation or title which could lead a member of the public to believe that he/she is qualified to practise;
6.10.5 Be subject to the complaint resolution processes described in these bylaws; and
6.10.6 Not be eligible to apply for leaves of absence.”

Honourary Members

6.11 Honourary Members:

6.11.1 Shall not enjoy any rights of professional forestry practice;
6.11.2 Shall not sign, seal, or stamp any professional documents;
6.11.3 May only use the title “ABCFP Honourary Member;”
6.11.4 Must not use any other title or designation which could lead a member of the public to believe that he/she is entitled to engage in the practice of professional forestry or forest technology;
6.11.5 Do not enjoy voting rights; and
6.11.6 May serve on only such association committees or subcommittees as the chief executive officer (CEO) or council determines is appropriate.


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