If you are no longer practising professional forestry in British Columbia or no longer wish to pursue registration, you may request to resign from the association.

  • If you are not currently employed in BC you may be eligible for a leave of absence. See the LOA page for details.
  • If you have retired from professional practice you may be eligible for retired status. See the Retire page for details.
Once you have resigned, you may not:

Eligibility Requirements

1. Read the Resign section in the applicable procedures (below) for full details.

2. Read the Reinstatement section of the procedures to understand what may be required to reinstate your membership should you wish to return to practice. See the Reinstate page for more details.

Membership Type Procedures Reinstatement Notes
  • Registered - RFT, RPF
  • Associate - ATC, ATE, SAS
  • Special Permit - Limited Licensee (not eligible for reinstatement)
Members Change of Status Procedures*
  • For absences longer than 36 months, additional requirements may be deemed necessary to reinstate your membership, including but not limited to higher reinstatement fee, completing professional educational requirements.
    • Enrolled - ASFIT, ASTFT, FIT, TFT, TNRP
    Enrolled Members Change of Status Procedures
    • You will lose two months of your work experience credit for each month, or portion thereof, while you are not a member.

    *If you are working in any capacity in BC, you will be required to provide evidence to demonstrate that you are not practicing professional forestry. You must provide a task description, rationale, and a professional practice questionnaire as part of the application form.

    Apply for Resignation

    1. Confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements.

    See the Eligibility Requirements section above.

    2. Complete the online change of status request form, return your certificate and stamp or seal.

    Apply to Resign Here


    Check Your Application Status

    • Resignation status requests must be approved by the Registrar, Professional Practice Committee (PPC), the Board of Examiners, and/or Council. The process takes about 4 to 6 weeks.
    • Requests are considered on an ongoing basis; a decision is rendered at the end of each month.
    • Requests received in October and early November are approved in December for the new fiscal year. 

    Check COS Application Status Here


    Reinstate From Resignation

    If you wish to return to practice, you may be eligible to reinstate your membership to active status. See the Reinstate page for information.


    Please contact the registration department.