In compliance with the agreements below, regulatory bodies, such as ours, are required to mutually recognize the qualifications of forest professionals from other Canadian jurisdictions.
a) PROFESSIONAL FORESTERS
- If you are a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) from another Canadian jurisdiction, you may qualify for recognition as Registered Professional Forester (RPF) in BC and be entitled to full practice rights in BC. Review the information in the Apply for Membership section below for details.
b) FOREST TECHNOLOGISTS
- If you are a Registered Professional Forest Technologist (RPFT) from Alberta or Saskatchewan, you may qualify for recognition as a Registered Forest Technologist (RFT) in BC and be entitled to full practice rights in BC. Review the information in the Apply for Membership section below for details.
- If you are transferring from a province other than Alberta or Saskatchewan, and want to become a Registered Forest Technologist (RFT) in BC, you are not eligible for transfer and must go through our RFT registration process. Go to the Become a Member/Registered Forest Technologist page for details.
Please contact the registration department.
To apply as a transferring forest professional under the provisions of the labour mobility agreements, you must be a fully registered member (RPFT or RPF) in good standing with one of the following Canadian regulatory bodies:
- College of Alberta Professional Foresters
- College of Alberta Professional Forest Technologists
- Association of Saskatchewan Forestry Professionals
- Ontario Professional Foresters Association
- Ordre des ingénieurs forestiers du Québec
- Registered Professional Foresters of Newfoundland Labrador
- Association of Registered Professional Foresters of New Brunswick
- Registered Professional Foresters Association of Nova Scotia
Note: If your organization is not listed, you may not be eligible to transfer. To become a member, you must complete the ABCFP's registration requirements. For more information, visit Become a Member page.
Complete and submit the Transferring Forest Professional Application Package along with the required documents and fees noted in the package.
- Your application will be reviewed by ABCFP for completeness and accuracy.
- Completed applications are forwarded to our Council for approval. The process takes 4 to 6 weeks.
- If approved, you will be granted professional status (RFT or RPF) with full practice rights in BC, conditional on passing the Jurisprudence Exam within 6 months of membership.
- You must complete 2 online professional development workshops before you write the exam.
- Should you fail the exam, you may rewrite. For more information, review the Jurisprudence Exam section.
- Upon passing the exam, you will be a fully registered professional (RFT or RPF) in BC.
Transferring Forest Professionals must write the Jurisprudence Exam within 6 months of membership. Inability to write the exam within any of the prescribed periods may result in a suspension or cancellation of the member’s rights to practice in BC.
- Length: 2 hour written exam
- Questions: Answer 4 out of 7 questions
- Total Marks: 40 (10 marks each)
- Passing Mark: 24/40 or 60%
- Open Book: A 3 inch binder of resource materials is permitted, see Jurisprudence Exam Rules
- Location: Written locally in your area
- Invigilator: Needs to be a fully registered RFT or RPF
- Date: Whenever you are ready within the 6 months of membership with the ABCFP.
Contact the registration department, 1 month before the date of when you would like to write the exam, so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
EXAM PREPARATION MATERIALS
The following resources will help you prepare to write the exam:
- Jurisprudence Exam Resources Library
- Strategies for Answering Questions on the Exam
- Jurisprudence Exam Samples (RPF and RFT)
- Jurisprudence Exam Rules
- Jurisprudence Exam Notes to the Examinee
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
Before you write the exam, you will be required to complete the following 2 workshops:
SPECIAL EXAM REQUESTS
If you need extra time to write the exam, special equipment, or require other special accommodations due to documented medical reasons, learning disabilities, or language barriers, please provide the reasons for the request and include any supporting documents.
If, for medical reasons, learning disabilities, language barriers, or any other extraordinary circumstances, you would like to apply to take the exam in the form of an oral exam rather than written exam, you must submit a detailed written request. Please let us know the nature of your extraordinary circumstances, and include any medical records (where relevant), professional learning assessments, letters from sponsors/mentors, and/or personal reasons for requesting an oral exam.
Submitting a Request
- Address your request to the attention of the Registrar.
- Provide the reasons for the request and include any supporting documentation as noted above.
- Email your request to the registration department as soon as possible.
We will consider your request and decide whether or not it can be accommodated. We will work with you to assess what, if any, special arrangements may be appropriate.
All requests for special accommodations for the registration exams are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are at the discretion of the Registrar.
REWRITING THE EXAM
Failing the Exam Once:
You must rewrite the exam within 6 months from the date you were notified of the results.
The Registrar may suspend or cancel your rights to practice in BC until you pass the exam.
To prepare for your second attempt, you are encouraged to determine the reasons why you were unsuccessful and develop a plan of the steps you intend to take to ensure you successfully complete the exam. This plan does not need to be submitted to the ABCFP.
Failing the Exam Twice:
The Registrar will suspend or cancel your rights to practice in BC until you pass the exam.
For a third attempt, you must submit a written request to rewrite the exam to the Registrar for consideration. The request must be received by the ABCFP within 45 days from the date you were notified of the results and must include:
- A detailed explanation of the reasons why you were not successful on the exams,
- Details on the steps you took to prepare for your second attempt, and
- A continuing education plan that includes detailed description of the steps you intend to take to ensure that you successfully complete the exam on your next attempt.
Failing the Exam a Third Time:
Exam failures after a third attempt will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Registrar. Your practice rights will remain suspended or cancelled.
Please contact the registration department.