Retired membership status is only available to registered and associate members who are no longer practising professional forestry in BC.

Retired status allows you to:
  • remain actively involved with the profession;
  • participate in the affairs of the association, including:
  • voting, and
  • sitting on council or any boards, committees, or subcommittees;


While on Retired status, 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;
  • sign, seal, or stamp professional documents; and   
  • engage in the practice of professional forestry in British Columbia without first reinstating to full active membership.

Eligibility Requirements

Read the Retire section of the Members Change of Status Procedures and section 5 of the ABCFP Bylaws for the full details on eligibility criteria.

Council may admit a registered (RFT or RPF) or an associate (ATC, ATE, NRP, SAS) member to the retired membership category who:

  • Satisfies council that they are not engaged in the practice of professional forestry as defined in the Foresters Act and they do not intend to return to practice in the future; and
  • Is fifty-five (55) years of age or older, or, if not fifty five (55) years of age or older, can demonstrate extenuating circumstances to the satisfaction of council.

Apply for Retired Status

1. Confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements.

      See the Eligibility Requirements section above.

2. Complete the online change of status request form and submit the required fees.

      Retiring between October 5 – January 31

  • You may apply for retired status, for the next fiscal year, if you are retiring from professional practice between October 5 - January 31 (during the membership renewal period).
  • Complete the application below and submit the retired members annual fee of $47.85 (GST included) before the December 1 due date in order to renew your membership. You will be required to inform us of your final day of work and we will process your request accordingly.

      Retiring between February 1 – August 31

  • You are required to renew your active membership status and pay the full annual fee by the December 1 due date if you are retiring from professional practice at some point between February 1 to August 31.
  • Apply for retired status when you are within a month of your retirement date, and a portion of your annual fees will be refunded in accordance with the abatements after approval.

      Retiring between September 1  September 30

  • You may apply for retired status for the current fiscal year if you will be officially retired by September 30th. However, no refunds will be made during this period for the status change.  If you are retiring after September 30th, you should wait until October to apply for retired status for the upcoming fiscal year. 
Apply to Retire Here

Check Your Application Status

  • Retired 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 Retired Status

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.