Leave of Absence (LOA)
From time-to-time, members find themselves in a situation where they are not working in BC.
A LOA is:
- a non-practicing status;
- an alternative form of renewing your membership; and
- available only to members who are not working in BC in any capacity, whether in forestry or not. See the Eligibility Requirements section below.
Benefits of taking a LOA:
While on a LOA, you may not:
- use any of the titles specified in the Foresters Act (section 19) or the ABCFP Bylaws (verbally, written, or in electronic communications) which could lead a member of the public to believe you are a practicing member of the association;
- engage in the practice of professional forestry in British Columbia without first reinstating to full active membership;
- display your certificate, nor use your professional stamp(s) and/or seal(s);
- participate in the affairs of the association, including:
- voting; and
- sitting on council or any boards, committees, or subcommittees; and
- sponsor an enrolled member. If you are a sponsor, you must inform your enrolled members personally that you are not eligible to be a sponsor and they must find a new sponsor.
Undertaking of these unauthorized acts while on leave is subject to disciplinary action under the Foresters Act.