RPF Registration Requirements


There are 3 main registration requirements for the RPF designation:

  • Six Experience Areas Modules
  • Articling Requirements
  • Core Competency Requirements (ASFITs only)

Please read the information below for details.  These requirements are completed once you become a Forester in Training.

Six Experience Areas Modules

Note: The information in this section pertains to the FIT and ASFIT program.


Our registration process is a module-based approach built upon six experience areas that the profession believes are critical for forest professionals. This process is designed to build knowledge and a professional mind-set from the moment a new member is enrolled.


THE SIX EXPERIENCE AREAS MODULES INCLUDE:

  1. Regulation and Ethics
  2. Professional Reliance
  3. BC Forest Professionals Working with Aboriginal Communities
  4. Forest Legislation and Policy
  5. The Business of Forestry
  6. Communicating Professional Advice

Read the Six Experience Areas Overview document for details. Modules are not intended to replace or satisfy post-secondary requirements or any core competency requirements necessary for membership. While some of the modules may assist with satisfying core competency requirements for allied members, they are not designed for this purpose.



ROADMAP TO REGISTRATION

The modules contained within the experience areas must be completed online via the learning management system (LMS). The modules include:

  • learning materials,
  • exams, and
  • professional document submissions.

All items must be successfully completed in successive order laid out in the Roadmap to Registration during the articling timeframe (this information can be found under the Articling Requirements section).



ORIENTATION MODULE

Learn more about the registration process by reviewing the Orientation Module. It is the first module on the Roadmap to Registration.


QUESTIONS?

Please review the Articling Requirements and Competency Requirements tabs below, then contact the registration department.

Articling Requirements

Note: The information in this section pertains to the FIT and ASFIT program.


Articling is Gaining Relevant Work Experience under the Guidance of a Sponsor (Registered Member).

Work experience gained during your enrolment period helps you be better prepared for registration and the rights and obligations of a practising professional. Compete details on articling requirements are contained in Articling Procedures.

ARTICLING TIMEFRAME

Enrolled members are required to complete 24 months of post-enrolment work experience within the articling enrolment period.

As job markets fluctuate and employment opportunities vary, it may not be possible to complete the requirements within 24 months. Enrolled members are given the following timeframes to complete all of their registration requirements.

Program Articling/Enrolment Period
FIT 4 years (48 months)
ASFIT 6 years (72 months)*

 

*ASFITs are given 2 additional years in case more time is needed to complete outstanding core competency requirements.

An extension to the articling period may be granted, if necessary. Please see the Articling Procedures for more details.



PURPOSES OF ARTICLING REQUIREMENTS ARE TO:

  • Expose you to a wide range of professional forestry practice;
  • Enable you to develop professional practice skills under the guidance of your sponsor and other registered members; and to
  • Expose you to the rights and obligations of a practicing professional, including those under the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice (which are binding on all members).


YOUR WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • Should cover as many of the areas of practice defined in the Foresters Act as possible. Your sponsor is expected to assist you in this regard and the Articling Procedures also provides resources that can help.
  • Must be gained after you apply for membership. Qualifying work experience begins to be credited from the date we receive a completed application. Pre-enrolment work experience does not count towards this requirement unless noted in section 2 of the Articling Procedures. This rule is firm.
  • Must be directly related to professional practice. We will not normally consider work such as wood processing, agriculture, landscape gardening, horticulture, marketing, etc.
  • May include volunteer work, work done outside British Columbia, or a master's or doctorate degree.


ARTICLING ON THE ROADMAP TO REGISTRATION

In the learning management system (LMS), there will be 4 articling (work experience) checkpoints set at the 6th, 12th, 18th, and 24th months as noted on the Roadmap to Registration. You will be required to demonstrate that you have satisfied the minimum articling requirements by submitting your work history form to proceed to the next six experience areas modules. The first checkpoint is after module 2a.

As an Enrolled Member, You Must Have a Sponsor During Your Articling Period.

Among other things, your sponsor agrees to oversee your growth and development as you work towards becoming a registered forest professional.



WHO CAN BE A SPONSOR?

  • If you are looking for the FIT or ASFIT program, your sponsor must be an active or retired RPF in good standing.
  • Your sponsor can be your supervisor, a co-worker, an employer or someone else in the community.
  • A sponsor cannot be related by blood or marriage.
  • An enrolled member cannot be in a position of authority over the sponsor.


HOW TO FIND A SPONSOR

  • Get recommendations or suggestions from friends and colleagues.
  • Network within your community. Who do you look up to? Who are you comfortable with?
  • Use the public version of the member directory to identify individuals who live or work within your area.
  • Contact the registration department for assistance. Email us a copy of your resume which can be shared and provide details on the geographic area that you are looking in. We will check our list to see if a volunteer is available in your desired area.


YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES DURING ARTICLING

  1. Maintain frequent contact with your sponsor.
  2. Create a Professional Development Plan. Also see the Guidance for Developing an Enrolled Member Professional Development Plan.
  3. Maintain a Professional Practice Diary showing a record of your work experience and your exposure to the necessary practice areas. See the Professional Practice Diary Instructions and Professional Practice Diary Example.

See the Articling Procedures for complete details about all of your responsibilities.



YOUR SPONSOR'S RESPONSIBILITIES DURING YOUR ARTICLING PERIOD

  1. Oversees your growth and development.
  2. Periodically reviews your Practice Diary and Professional Development Plan.

See the Articling Procedures for complete details about a sponsor's responsibilities.



CHANGING YOUR SPONSOR

There are a variety of reasons why you may need to change your sponsor at some point during your articling period, such as: relocation, incompatibility, employment change, your sponsor can no longer maintain the commitment, or your sponsor ceases to be a member in good standing, etc. 

If you need to change your sponsor, you must:

  1. Read the applicable section in the Articling Procedures for full details on requirements when changing sponsors or enrolled members.
  2. Discuss any changes with your old sponsor.
  3. Have your outgoing and new sponsors discuss your professional development and experience to date.
    • Ensure that your old/outgoing sponsor has signed-off on any work history, professional development plan (re competency gap-filling) that were completed during his/her term.
    • Your new sponsor will be signing off your work experience for your work history submissions moving forward.
  4. E-mail the completed Change of Sponsor form, which will be signed by you, your new sponsor, and your old sponsor to admissions@abcfp.ca.

**Remember, you must have a sponsor at all times during your articling period.



QUESTIONS?

Please contact the registration department.

Core Competency Requirements (ASFITs only)

Note: The information in this section pertains to only the ASFIT program.

The Certification Standards for the Profession of Forestry in Canada are the minimum RPF Core Competency Standards needed to practice professional forestry across Canada. These standards are used to accredit university programs and to evaluate the competency of Registered Professional Forester (RPF) candidates.

The standards describe how much a candidate must know about:

  1. Tree and stand dynamics;
  2. Forest to landscape, structure and function;
  3. Forest management;
  4. Economics and administration of forestry;
  5. Communication, critical reasoning;
  6. Information acquisition and analysis; and
  7. Professionalism and ethics.

All enrolled members working towards the RPF designation must meet RPF Core Competency Requirements.



HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE THE CORE COMPETENCIES TO BECOME AN RPF?


FIT program - Graduated from an accredited forestry degree program.

If you graduated from a CFAB accredited forestry degree program, within the last 10 years you have already met the core competency requirements through the completion of your program and will generally not be required to complete additional competency requirements during your enrolment period.


ASFIT program - Graduated from a non-accredited forestry or foreign program.

If you have not graduated from a CFAB accredited forestry program, you will need to complete the Canadian Federation of Professional Forestry Association's credential assessment process (CAP) once you have been accepted as an ASFIT.  This process will determine whether you meet the RPF core competency standards or if you have any outstanding competencies which you will need to complete during your articling period.



WHEN DO I GET MY CREDENTIAL ASSESSED?

Once you are an enrolled member we recommend you get started right away on preparing your CAP application portfolio.



COMPETENCY ON THE ROADMAP TO REGISTRATION

Your CAP assessment application portfolio must be submitted and acknowledged as complete by ABCFP before you will be allowed to proceed to any of the modules after module 2a. If the assessment determines that you still have outstanding competency requirements to satisfy, they will all need to be completed before you can proceed to module 6a. See the core competency checkpoints in the Roadmap to Registration.



HOW DO I GET MY CREDENTIALS ASSESSED?

ASFITs must prepare and submit a comprehensive credentials assessment portfolio to have their competencies evaluated through the CFPFA credential assessment process.

The assessment process is evidence-based and takes into consideration both education and work experience.  It is a rigorous process; as an ASFIT the onus is on you to provide the necessary proof to demonstrate how and why you believe you have met the RPF core competency requirements.

Briefly, competencies completed through:

  • Post-Secondary Education must be supported with an official school transcripts and course outlines which contain detailed information on course content. See the Applicant’s Manual (available on the CFPFA website) for examples of course outlines.
  • Work Experience must be presented in a detailed  curriculum vitae (CV) which contains information on specific duties and responsibilities performed. This is a separate requirement from the resume/work history submitted as part of your membership application or articling requirements.

The BC assessment is done in English. Documents that are in other languages will need to be translated into English at your expense. Transcript translations must be done by an official translator. For all other supporting documentation, we permit enrolled members to do their own translations only if they can get an RPF or RFT to sign-off on the translations. Note, this may not always be possible, check with us to see if we know a member who may be able to assist you.


Application Deadlines for the Credential Assessment Process.

CFPFA reviews CAP submissions four (4) times a year. To ensure that your portfolio is complete and its quality is acceptable to the standard set by CFPFA, you must finalize and upload your submission following the ABCFP deadline (see chart below). These deadlines are firm.

ABCFP Submission Deadline* CFPFA Deadline
December 7 January 1 - winter
March 7 April 1 - spring
June 7 July 1 - summer
September 7 October 1 - fall

*if the date falls on the weekend, the deadline is the next business day.

It takes time to gather the materials needed, select a target submission deadline and starting preparing your portfolio as soon as possible. Keep in mind that portfolios must meet the submission requirements outlined in the Applicant’s Manual and Supplemental Information document (available on the CFPFA website) before they are forwarded to the CFPFA assessors for review.



HOW DO I START PREPARING MY PORTFOLIO

Go to the credential assessment process page on the Canadian Federation of Professional Foresters Associations (CFPFA) website for information needed to prepare your portfolio.

  1. Watch the video – general overview of process
  2. Read the RPF Certification Standards which outlines the competency standards.
  3. Read the Applicant’s Manual which provides information on preparing your competency assessment portfolio.
  4. Read the Supplemental Information document which provides details on the latest competency assessment submission requirements.
  5. Review the Self-Assessment Matrix spreadsheet, the main document of your submission. When going through the matrix, make notes on the requirements you think you have already completed. This will also give you an idea of how close or far off you are from completing the requirements.
  6. E-mail the registration department to inform them that you are preparing your submission, include your target submission date. We will set-up your logon credentials to the CFPFA Upload Portal.
  7. Preliminary review. Once you have started preparing your portfolio e-mail the following to us to the registration department to confirm if you are on the right track:
    1. a copy of your self-assessment matrix,
    2. CV, and
    3. course outlines.
    4. The preliminary review process may take 2-3 weeks depending on the number of submissions received. Submit it as soon as possible, at least one month before the submission deadline at the latest.
  8. When your assessment portfolio is complete you will need to upload the applicant's portal on the CFPFA website.

Each regulatory body accepts applications from their members on the behalf of the CFPFA. The ABCFP registration department will be your contact during the core competency assessment process. Information noted in the Supplemental Information that needs to be sent directly to us should be sent to admissions@abcfp.ca, including the following:

  • Your list of witnesses, and what they are attesting to competency or character or both.  We will upload the witness forms to your portfolio once all forms have been received.
  • Witnesses must e-mail the Witness Feedback Form to the registration department at admissions@abcfp.ca.  Competency witnesses must also include their biography or resume, and additional testimonials/endorsement about your competencies by citing examples of how he/she witnessed them. The information can be appended to the witness form or separate supporting document.
  • The CFPFA assessment fee of $525 ($500+tax) must be received by the ABCFP by the submission deadline. You can mail a cheque or money order (payable to: ABCFP) or pay by Visa or MasterCard over the phone.
  • Transcripts.  We will upload a copy of the transcripts you submitted to us at the time of application; you do not need to request another copy. Check with us to ensure we have all the correct copies. If there is any outstanding or missing information, let us know and have the school mail a copy of your transcripts directly to us.


CREDENTIAL ASSESSMENT RESULTS

Results will be communicated to you after the assessments are completed which is usually within 6-8 weeks after the submission deadline.

  • If all of the competency requirements are met, you can continue completing your registration requirements (Articling and Six Experience Areas Modules).
  • If all of the competency requirements have not been met, you will be required to meet with the Board of Examiners Adjudication Panel to develop a professional development plan to complete your outstanding requirements, in addition to completing the articling requirements and Six Experience Area Modules.


HOW DO I COMPLETE OUTSTANDING COMPETENCIES?

If you have any outstanding competencies, you will need to meet with the Board of Examiners Adjudication Panel to develop a professional development (gap filling) plan. Note: this is not the same plan used for your articling requirements, this is a separate requirement.

As an ASFIT, it is normal to have some gaps/outstanding competencies. It is important to note that the farther off you are from meeting the core competency requirements the greater the chance that additional course work will be required.

Competency gaps/deficiencies may be addressed by completing courses, workshops, seminars, on-the-job training, or, where available, through a qualifying exam set by the association. Note the manner in which an outstanding competency must be completed will depend on the results of assessment as a whole and will be subject to the recommendation and approval of the Board of Examiners Adjudication Panel.

While we attempt to find online options for additional course work, this is not always possible and is dependent on the schools. You should be prepared to take in person courses if online options are not available.



QUESTIONS?

Please contact the registration department.


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