NRP Registration Requirements

There are two main registration requirements for the NRP designation.

  • Six Experience Areas Modules
  • Articling Requirements

Once you are familiar with what you need to obtain the NRP designation, check out how you become a registrant.

Six Experience Areas Modules

Our registration process is a module-based approach built upon six experience areas that the profession believes are critical for forest professionals. This process is designed to build knowledge and a professional mind-set from the moment a new member is enrolled.

The Six Experience Areas Modules:

  1. Regulation and Ethics
  2. Professional Reliance
  3. BC Forest Professionals Working With Aboriginal Communities
  4. Forest Legislation and Policy
  5. The Business of Forestry
  6. Communicating Professional Advice
Work Experience Requirements

You are not required to have any work experience at the time your application is submitted. Read the Six Experience Areas Overview document for details. Modules are not intended to replace or satisfy post-secondary requirements or any core competency requirements necessary for registration. While some of the modules may assist with satisfying core competency requirements for allied registrants, they are not designed for this purpose.

Roadmap to Registration

The modules contained within the experience areas must be completed online via the Learning Management System (LMS). The modules include:

  • learning modules,
  • exam modules, and
  • application modules.

All items must be successfully completed in successive order laid out in the Roadmap to Practising Registration during the articling timeframe.

Orientation Module

Learn more about the registration process by reviewing the Orientation module. The first module in the Roadmap to Practising Registration is designed for new members and provides an overview of the registration process.

Articling Requirements

Articling is gaining relevant work experience under the guidance of a sponsor (registered or associate). Work experience gained during your enrolment period helps you be better prepared for registration and the rights and obligations of a practising professional. Compete details on articling requirements are contained in Articling Procedures.

Articling Timeframe

Enrolled registrants are required to complete 24 months of post-enrolment work experience within the articling enrolment period. As job markets fluctuate and employment opportunities vary, it may not be possible to complete the requirements within 24 months. Enrolled registrants are given the following timeframe to complete all of their registration requirements:

Program  Articling/Enrolment Period 
TNRP  4 years (48 months) 

An extension to the articling period may be granted, if necessary. Please see the Articling Procedures for more details.

Purposes of Articling Requirements

  • Expose you to a wide range of professional forestry practice;
  • Enable you to develop professional practice skills under the guidance of your sponsor and other registered members; and to
  • Expose you to the rights and obligations of a practicing professional, including those under the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice (which are binding on all members).

Your Work Experience

  • Should cover as many of the areas of practice as possible. Your sponsor is expected to assist you in gaining exposure to multiple practice areas. Read the Articling Procedures for resources on this topic.
  • Must be gained after you apply for registration. Qualifying work experience begins to be credited from the date we receive a completed application. Any work experience gained prior to membership with ABCFP will not count towards this requirement, unless noted in Section 2 of the Articling Procedures. This rule is firm.
  • Must be directly related to professional practice. We will not normally consider work such as wood processing, agriculture, landscape gardening, horticulture, marketing.
  • May include volunteer work, work done outside British Columbia, or a bachelor, master's, or doctorate degree.

Articling on Roadmap to Registration

In the LMS, there will be four articling (work experience) checkpoints set at the 6th, 12th, 18th, and 24th months as noted on the Roadmap to Practising Registration. You will be required to demonstrate that you have satisfied the minimum articling requirements by submitting your work history form to proceed to the next six experience areas modules. The first checkpoint is after module 2a. The articling (work history) checkpoints are meant to serve as general guideposts to your enrolment period timeline to becoming a registered member in 24 months, in some cases, it may take longer.

As an enrolled registrant, you must have a sponsor during your articling period.

Among other things, your sponsor agrees to oversee your growth and development as you work towards becoming a registered forest professional.

Who Can Be a Sponsor

  • Your sponsor must be an active or retired NRP, Registered Forest Technologist (RFT) or Registered Professional Forester (RPF) in good standing.
  • Your sponsor can be your supervisor, a co-worker, an employer or someone else in the community.
  • A sponsor cannot be related by blood or marriage.
  • An enrolled member cannot be in a position of authority over the sponsor.

Find a Sponsor

  • Get recommendations or suggestions from colleagues.
  • Network within your community. Who do you look up to? Who are you comfortable with?
  • Use the public version of the registrant directory to identify individuals who live or work within your area.
  • Contact the registration department for assistance. Email us a copy of your resume which can be shared, and provide details on your geographic area. We will check our list to see if a sponsor is available in your desired area.

Responsibilities During Articling

  1. Maintain frequent contact with your sponsor.
  2. Create a Professional Development Plan.
    A Professional Development Plan (plan) outlines the knowledge and experience to be covered by enrolled members during their articling period. The plan sets out the intended course of action that an enrolled member will need to take to develop and improve professional attributes for the duration of the articling period.
  3. Maintain a Professional Practice Diary.
    A Professional Practice Diary aligns with your Professional Development Plan, and provides a chronological written record of your work experience and your exposure to the necessary practice areas.

Read the Articling Procedures for complete details about all of your responsibilities.

Sponsor's Responsibilities During Articling Period

  1. Oversees your growth and development.
  2. Periodically reviews your Practice Diary and Professional Development Plan.

See the Articling Procedures for complete details about a sponsor's responsibilities.

Changing Your Sponsor

There are a variety of reasons why you may need to change your sponsor at some point during your articling period, such as: relocation, incompatibility, employment change, your sponsor can no longer maintain the commitment, or your sponsor ceases to be a member in good standing,. 

If you need to change your sponsor, you must:

  1. Read the applicable section in the Articling Procedures for full details on requirements when changing sponsors or enrolled members.
  2. Discuss any changes with your old sponsor.
  3. Have your outgoing and new sponsors discuss your professional development and experience to date.
    • Ensure that your old/outgoing sponsor has signed-off on any work history, professional development plan (re competency gap-filling) that were completed during his/her term.
    • Your new sponsor will be signing off your work experience for your work history submissions moving forward.
  4. E-mail the completed Change of Sponsor form, which will be signed by you, your new sponsor, and your old sponsor to

Remember, you must have a sponsor at all times during your articling period.

Questions: Contact the registration department.

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