BYLAW 10: USE OF PROFESSIONAL SEAL & SIGNATURE
Published: November 2015
(Guidelines for interpreting Bylaw 10 are available.)
10.1 Every member engaged in the practice of professional forestry must ensure that the member’s responsibility for any professional work prepared by or under the supervision of the member, or for which the member is otherwise responsible, is identified in accordance with the standards described in this Bylaw.
10.2 For the purpose of this Bylaw, “professional work” means all written or oral communications directly or indirectly related to activities included within the practice of professional forestry under the Foresters Act, including but not limited to: advice; estimates; specific actions; reports; letters; memoranda; documents; plans; and all such other materials containing professional opinion or work product in any format used for transmitting information.
10.3 The minimum standard for identifying a member’s responsibility for professional work shall allow for confirmation of the member’s identity, professional designation, and date as established by policy approved by council resolution.
10.3.1 Additionally, members may affix a stamp or seal, authorized by the association or its predecessors, to their professional work.
10.4 Where some or all of the work described in a professional document was not carried out directly by the member who is identified as responsible for that professional work, and where the member is satisfied that the work has been carried out to the standards expected of a member of the association, he or she shall add a certification statement in one the following two forms:
10.4.1 “I certify that the work described herein fulfills the standards expected of a member of the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals and that I did personally supervise the work”; or
10.4.2 “I certify that I have reviewed this document and, while I did not personally supervise the work described, I have determined that this work has been done to the standards expected of a member of the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals.”
10.5 Despite any other provision in these bylaws, members are professionally accountable for all professional work that they prepare or that is prepared under their supervision, regardless of the means by which the work is presented to others, and regardless of whether or not the work is stamped or sealed by the member or whether or not the member’s responsibility for the work is otherwise identified.