Become a Natural Resource Professional (NRP)

Check out the registration requirements to become a Natural Resource Professional (NRP).

NRP Scope of Practice

NRPs are authorized to engage independently only in aspects of the practice of professional forestry, to the extent consistent with their education, training, and experience, as identified and described in sections (a) to (d) below.

a) The following activities:

  • Planning for: inventory, classification, conservation, and protection;
  • Advising on: inventory, classification, conservation, protection, enhancement, harvesting, valuation and rehabilitation;
  • Engaging in: inventory, classification, conservation, enhancement and protection;
  • Reporting on: inventory, classification, conservation, protection and enhancement.

b) The preparation, review and amendment of professional documents

c) Assessing the impact of professional forestry activities to

(i) verify that those activities have been carried out as planned, directed or advised,

(ii) confirm that the goals, objectives or commitments that relate to those activities have been met, or

(iii) advise corrective action as required to conserve, protect, rehabilitate or enhance the forests, forest lands, forest resource or forest ecosystems; [and/or]

d) Auditing, examining and verifying the results of activities involving the practice of professional forestry and the attainment of goals and objectives identified in or under professional documents.

Subsections (c) to (d) are limited to activities relating to inventory, classification, conservation, protection, and enhancement.

Routes of Entry - Eligibility Requirements

Read the Registration Policy (2016), Registration Procedures, and Articling Procedures for information on membership.

There is one way to become a NRP: enrol in the Trainee Natural Resource Professional (TNRP) program.

Eligibility Requirements
Graduated from one of the following recognized programs.

Institution  Diploma Program   Graduation Year 
Thompson Rivers University  Bachelor of Natural Resource Science (BNRS)  May 1997 - present 
University of BC  BSc. in Natural Resource Conservation, Science and Management major   May 2006 - present
BSc. in Natural Resource Conservation May 1999 to May 2005
University of Northern BC BSc. in Natural Resource Management (BNRM) in Wildlife and Fisheries May 2001 - present
BSc. in Natural Resource Management (BNRM) in Outdoor Recreation and Conservation May 2008 - May 2013
BSc. in Natural Resource Management (BNRM) in Outdoor Recreation and Conservation 
(completion of specific courses required, check link)
Post-May 2013 

The NRP designation is limited to graduates of the listed programs only. Graduates of the listed programs are also eligible for the Allied Science Forester in Training (ASFIT) program, which leads to the Registered Professional Forester (RPF) designation.

RPFs are entitled to practice within the full scope of the practice of professional forestry. Before you apply for registration, review the RPF page to determine which designation best suits your career goals.

Program not listed?

If you have completed a post-secondary diploma or degree in forestry, natural resources or a related field you may still be eligible for registration:

Once enrolled, TNRPs must complete the following registration requirements:

  1. Six Experience Areas Modules
  2. Articling Requirements

If you meet the TNRP eligibility requirements, apply for registration now.

Apply to Become an NRP

How to Become a NRP:

  1. Become an Enrolled Member
  2. Complete the Registration Requirements
  3. Become an Associate Member

1. Apply to Become an Enrolled Registrant

The first step towards registration is to apply to enrol in the TNRP program.

Before you apply:

Apply Now:

Apply for Registration

See the Application Process Chart for an overview of the application approval process.

2. Complete Registration Requirements

Once your TNRP application is approved by council, you are considered an enrolled registrant and will be entitled to use the TNRP title and designation.

TNRPs abide by the Code of Ethical and Professional Conduct contained in the ABCFP Bylaws and complete the following registration requirements during their enrolment period:

  • Six Experience Areas Modules
  • Articling Requirements

Read the specific pages for detailed information and see the Roadmap to Practising Registration which illustrates how enrolled members proceed through the 6 experience areas and articling requirements. Note: the core competency checkpoints on the Roadmap do not apply to TNRPs.

For more details on becoming an enrolled member, see the Routes of Entry webpages and read the Registration Procedures.

3. Become an Associate Registrant NRP

Once you have completed all your registration requirements, we will forward the approval of your NRP designation to Council. Upon approval:

  • You will receive the NRP title and designation.
  • You will be entitled to practice professional forestry in BC as noted in the NRP Scope of Practice section.
  • You will be required to meet the requirements for NRP membership.
  • You will be sent and official Certificate of Accreditation.
  • You will be able to order your designation stamp/seal, and/or digital signature.
  • You will be formally inducted to the ABCFP at our annual conference.

Questions: Contact the registration department.

Registration Requirements