Steps to Renew
The ABCFP is mandated by the provincial government to protect the public interest in BC forests by registering and regulating forest professionals. Under the Forest Professionals Regulation of the Professional Governance Act (PGA), the right to practise professional forestry and the use of forest professional titles are reserved exclusively for ABCFP registrants.
In accordance with ABCFP Bylaw 5-15, all registrants must complete all registration renewal requirements on or before November 30. Registration renewal notices are emailed to all registrants in October.
- October 5: Registrant renewal notice emailed out.
- November 30: Final date to renew your ABCFP registration, to avoid being charged a late fee.
- January 31: Final deadline. If renewal is not completed by this date, you will lose your authorization to practise professional forestry or use any protected forest professional title in BC.
Steps to Renew Your Registration
All practising registrants must complete five steps to renew:
- Step 1: Ensure your contact information is current and up-to-date;
- Step 2: Identify your professional practice areas;
- Step 3: Complete your annual competence declaration;
- Step 4: Submit your annual indictable offence declaration;
- Step 5: Pay your fees.
Trainees and Retired Registrants Only Need to Complete Three Steps to Renew:
- Step 1: Ensure your contact information is current and up-to-date.
- Step 2: Submit your annual indictable offence declaration.
- Step 3: Pay your fees.
You Must Complete All Required Steps to Renew
If you haven’t completed all the required steps by November 30, 2021, you will be subject to additional fees. If you haven't completed all steps by January 31, 2022, you will lose your authorization to practise professional forestry or use any protected forest professional title in BC.
Methods to Renew
- Renew Online: The fastest and easiest way to renew is online. Sign in to the Manage My Account page and click on the renew registration button. If you have difficulty logging on, send an email to email@example.com.
- Renew by Mail, Fax or In-Person: You can also renew by mail, fax or in person by downloading and completing the applicable registrant renewal forms available on the Forms page.
- Monthly Payments of Registrant Fees: You can elect to pay fees in monthly installments by way of pre-authorized debits to a designated bank account. There is a $16.80 (including GST) fee for this service and registrants must complete and return the Payor's Authorization For Pre-Authorized Debits form and other required documentation to the ABCFP office no later than November 15.
If you are currently retired, unemployed, on parental leave, returning to school, working outside of BC, or medically unfit to work and are not practising professional forestry in BC as defined by the Professional Governance Act, you may be eligible to apply for a change in registration status, rather than renewing your registration.
Change Your Status (Retirement, Leave of Absence or Resignation)
If you are currently retired, unemployed, on parental leave, returning to school, working outside of BC, or medically unfit to work and are not practising professional forestry in BC as defined by the PGA, you may be eligible to apply for a change in registration status, rather than renewing your registration.
For detailed information on change of status options, including eligibility requirements, refer to the Status & Name Changes page.
Change of Status Application Deadlines
Registrant renewal deadlines also apply to change of status applications.
- November 30 is the deadline to submit an application to change your registration status. An administrative fee will be added to all change of status applications after November 30.
- January 31 is the final date to take action, or you will removed from the registrant roll.
Discontinue Your Registration
If you are no longer practising forestry in BC and will not continue your registration, you must formally apply for a change of status to resign by January 31. There is no fee to resign and the complete application must be received in our office by January 31.
We encourage you to review all your change of status options before you apply for resignation.
The consequences for not renewing your registration or applying for a change of status (leave of absence, retirement, reinstatement or resignation) are:
- loss of authorization to practise professional forestry or use any protected forest professional title in BC (ABCFP Bylaw 5-15(8));
- publication of your name to inform forest professionals and the general public that you are no longer authorized to practise professional forestry or use any protected forest professional title;
- requirement to pay any and all outstanding fees due at the time of cancellation plus applicable reinstatement and registration fees if you choose to reinstate; and
- potentially having to complete additional requirements including but not limited to, completing professional educational requirements if you wish to reinstate your registration (ABCFP bylaw 5-14).