BYLAW 7 ‎–‎ TRAINEES

Published: February 2021

Definitions

7-1 In this Bylaw 7:
accredited forestry degree” means a degree from a forestry degree program that was accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board at the time of an applicant’s graduation from the program;
recognized forest technology diploma” means a diploma from a forest technology program that was accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board or Technology Accreditation Canada and recognized by the council as satisfying the RFT core competency standards at the time of an applicant’s graduation from the program;
recognized natural resource degree” means a degree from a natural resource degree program that was recognized by the council for the purpose of registration of natural resource professionals at the time of an applicant’s graduation from the program;
“RFT core competency standards” means the core competency standards recognized or approved by the council for practising RFT registrants;
RPF core competency standards” means the core competency standards for practising RPF registrants established under the Certification Standards for the Profession of Forestry in Canada of the Canadian Federation of Professional Foresters Associations.

Education programs

7-2 The following education programs for trainees are established:

(a) the Forester in Training (FIT) program;
(b) the Allied Science Forester in Training (ASFIT) program;
(c) the Trainee Forest Technologist (TFT) program;
(d) the Allied Science Trainee Forest Technologist (ASTFT) program;
(e) the Trainee Natural Resource Professional (TNRP) program.

Enrolment of trainees

7-3 (1) A person may apply for enrolment in an education program established under section 7-2 by delivering to the registrar an application in the manner or form required by the registrar.
(2) An application for enrolment in an education program must be accompanied by

(a) payment of the applicable enrolment fee specified in the Fee Schedule, and
(b) any other documents or information required under the bylaws or by credentials committee policy.

(3) The registrar may enrol an applicant in an education program who satisfies all applicable prerequisites and requirements for enrolment under this Bylaw 7 and credentials committee policy.
(4) The enrolment of a trainee expires at the end of the trainee’s articling period under section 7-13(11) to (13).

Referrals to credentials committee

7-4 The registrar may refer any application for enrolment to the credentials committee for a determination of the applicant’s eligibility for enrolment in an education program.

Forester in Training program

7-5 (1) Subject to subsection (2), to be eligible for enrolment in the FIT program, an applicant must deliver to the registrar satisfactory evidence of successful completion of an accredited forestry degree within 10 years of the date of their application.
(2) Despite subsection (1), the registrar may enrol an applicant in the FIT program who successfully completed an accredited forestry degree 10 years or more before the date of their application 

(a) if the applicant successfully completes any additional examinations, courses, professional experience, or other upgrading of knowledge, skills or abilities required by the registrar as a condition of enrolment, or
(b) as may otherwise be permitted by credentials committee policy.

(3) Subject to subsection (4), a trainee enrolled in the FIT program must successfully complete the following requirements of ABCFP’s trainee program within the time required by credentials committee policy:

(a) the RPF core competency requirement under section 7-10;
(b) the experience area module requirement under section 7-12
(c) the articling requirement under section 7-13.

(4) A trainee enrolled in the FIT program who has met the requirement in ‎subsection (1) is deemed to have met the RPF core competency ‎requirement under section 7-10.‎

Allied Science Forester in Training program

7-6 (1) Subject to subsection (2), to be eligible for enrolment in the ASFIT program, an applicant must deliver to the registrar satisfactory evidence of successful completion of a post-secondary degree in forestry or a related field, satisfying any criteria established by credentials committee policy.

(2) Despite subsection (1), the registrar may enrol an applicant in the ASFIT program who provides satisfactory evidence of a combination of academic and practice experience that is determined by the registrar to be equivalent to successful completion of a degree described in subsection (1), in accordance with any criteria established by credentials committee policy.
(3) A trainee enrolled in the ASFIT program must successfully complete the following requirements of ABCFP’s trainee program within the time required by credentials committee policy:

(a) the RPF core competency requirement under section 7-10;
(b) the experience area module requirement under section 7-12;
(c) the articling requirement under section 7-13.

Trainee Forest Technologist program

7-7 (1) Subject to subsection (2), to be eligible for enrolment in the TFT program, an applicant must deliver to the registrar satisfactory evidence of successful completion of a recognized forest technology diploma within 10 years of the date of their application.

(2) Despite subsection (1), the registrar may enrol an applicant in the TFT program who successfully completed a recognized forest technology diploma 10 years or more before the date of their application ‎

(a) if the applicant successfully completes any additional examinations, courses, professional ‎experience, or other upgrading of knowledge, skills or abilities required by ‎the registrar as a condition of enrolment, or‎
(b) as may otherwise be permitted by credentials committee policy.‎

(3) Subject to subsection (4), a trainee enrolled in the TFT program must successfully ‎complete the following requirements of ABCFP’s trainee program within the time ‎required by credentials committee policy:‎

(a) the RFT core competency requirement under section 7-11;‎
(b) the experience area module requirement under section 7-12; ‎
(c) the articling requirement under section 7-13.‎

(4) A trainee enrolled in the TFT program who has met the requirement in ‎subsection (1) is ‎deemed to have met the RFT core competency ‎requirement under section 7-11, unless the registrar determines otherwise at the time of enrolment.‎

Allied Science Trainee Forest Technologist program

7-8 (1) Subject to subsection (2), to be eligible for enrolment in the ASTFT program, an applicant must deliver to the registrar satisfactory evidence of successful completion of a technology diploma in forest technology or an allied discipline, satisfying any criteria established by credentials committee policy.
(2) Despite subsection (1), the registrar may enrol an applicant in the ASTFT program who provides satisfactory evidence of a combination of academic and practice experience that is determined by the registrar to be equivalent to successful completion of a technology diploma described in subsection (1), in accordance with any criteria established by credentials committee policy.
(3) A trainee enrolled in the ASTFT program must successfully ‎‎complete the following requirements of ABCFP’s trainee program within the time ‎‎required by credentials committee policy:‎

(a) the RFT core competency requirement under section 7-11;‎
(b) the experience area module requirement under section 7-12; ‎
(c) the articling requirement under section 7-13.‎

Trainee Natural Resource Professional program

7-9 (1) Subject to subsection (2), to be eligible for enrolment in the TNRP program, an ‎applicant must deliver to the registrar satisfactory evidence of successful completion of a ‎recognized natural resource degree within 10 years of the date of their ‎application.
(2) Despite subsection (1), the registrar may enrol an applicant in the TNRP program who ‎successfully completed a recognized natural resource degree 10 years or ‎more before the date of their application ‎

(a) if the applicant successfully completes any additional examinations, courses, professional ‎‎experience, or other upgrading of knowledge, skills or abilities required by ‎‎the registrar as a condition of enrolment, or‎
(b) as may otherwise be permitted by credentials committee policy.‎

(3) A trainee enrolled in the TNRP program must successfully ‎‎complete the following ‎requirements of ABCFP’s trainee program within the time ‎‎required by credentials ‎committee policy:‎

(a) the experience area module requirement under section 7-12; ‎
(b) the articling requirement under section 7-13.‎

RPF core competency requirement

7-10 (1) To satisfy the RPF core competency requirement, a trainee enrolled in the ASFIT program must, within the time required by credentials committee policy, 

(a) undergo the credential assessment process of the Forest Professional Regulators of Canada, and
(b) successfully complete any additional examinations, courses, professional experience or other upgrading of knowledge, skills or abilities that the registrar or the credentials committee may require to establish that the trainee meets the RPF core competency standards, having regard to the outcome of the trainee’s credential assessment under paragraph (a).

(2) To satisfy the RPF core competency requirement, a trainee enrolled in the FIT program who is not deemed to meet that requirement under section 7-5(4) must, within the time required by credentials committee policy, successfully complete any examinations, courses, professional experience or other upgrading of knowledge, skills or abilities that the registrar or the credentials committee may require to establish that the trainee meets the RPF core competency standards.

RFT core competency requirement

7-11 (1) Subject to subsection (2), to satisfy the RFT core competency requirement, a trainee enrolled in the ASTFT program must, within the time required by credentials committee policy,

(a) undergo the credential assessment process established by the credentials committee for the purpose of the ASTFT program, and
(b) successfully complete any additional examinations, courses, professional experience or other upgrading of knowledge, skills or abilities that the registrar or the credentials committee may require to establish that the trainee meets the RFT core competency standards, having regard to the outcome of the trainee’s credential assessment under paragraph (a).

(2) A trainee enrolled in the ASTFT program who has successfully completed a technology diploma from a program that was previously reviewed by ABCFP may undergo a limited credential assessment process established by the credentials committee, if their program is recognized by the credentials committee for that purpose, in lieu of a full credential assessment process under subsection (1)(a).
(3) To satisfy the RFT core competency requirement, a trainee enrolled in the TFT program who is not deemed to meet that requirement under section 7-7(4) must, within the time required by credentials committee policy, successfully complete any examinations, courses, professional experience or other upgrading of knowledge, skills or abilities that the registrar or the credentials committee may require to establish that the trainee meets the RFT core competency standards.

Experience area module requirement

7-12 (1) To satisfy the experience area module requirement, a trainee must, within the time required by credentials committee policy, successfully complete all applicable experience area modules established by the credentials committee and required as part of the trainee’s education program, including any required content modules, application modules and exam modules, in each of the following required experience areas:

(a) regulation and ethics;
(b) professional reliance;
(c) BC forest professionals working with Indigenous communities;
(d) forest legislation and policy;
(e) the business of forestry;
(f) communicating professional advice.

(2) To satisfy the experience area module requirement, a transferring forest professional must, within the time required by credentials committee policy, successfully complete all applicable experience area modules required for transferring forest professionals under credentials committee policy, including any required content modules and exam modules, in each of the following required experience areas:

(a) regulation and ethics;‎
(b) professional reliance;‎
(c) BC forest professionals working with Indigenous communities;‎
(d) forest legislation and policy.

Articling requirement

7-13 (1) Subject to subsections (5) to (10), to satisfy the articling requirement, a trainee 

(a) must enter into an articling agreement in the form required by the registrar with a sponsoring forest professional approved by the registrar in accordance with credentials committee policy, and
(b) must complete at least 24 months of qualifying professional work experience satisfying criteria established by credentials committee policy, including at least 18 months of qualifying professional work experience completed in British Columbia.

(2) A trainee’s sponsoring forest professional under subsection (1)(a) 

(a) is responsible for mentoring and guiding the trainee through their articling period, 
(b) must oversee, validate and invigilate the trainee’s completion of the required experience area modules under section 7-12, and 
(c) must perform any other duties established by credentials committee policy.

(3) A trainee may change their sponsoring forest professional under subjection (1)(a) with the approval of the registrar.
(4) A trainee may request approval of a change in their sponsoring forest professional under subsection (3) by applying to the registrar in the manner or form required by the registrar.
(5) A trainee enrolled in the FIT program or the ASFIT program who commences a full-time master’s or doctorate program in forestry satisfying criteria established by credentials committee policy may request credit for up to 12 months of academic experience, with a corresponding reduction in their professional work experience requirement under subsection (1)(b), subject to the trainee’s successful completion of the program during their articling period.
(6) A trainee enrolled in the TFT program or the ASTFT program who commences a forestry degree program satisfying criteria established by credentials committee policy may request credit for up to 12 months of academic experience, with a corresponding reduction in their professional work experience requirement under subsection (1)(b), subject to the trainee’s successful completion of the program during their articling period.
(7) A trainee who has completed professional work experience satisfying criteria established by credentials committee policy while enrolled with a regulatory authority in another Canadian jurisdiction as the equivalent of a trainee may request credit for up to six months of the professional work experience requirement under subsection (1)(b).
(8) A trainee who has completed professional work experience satisfying criteria established by credentials committee policy while working as the equivalent of a practising RPF registrant or a practising RFP registrant in a Canadian jurisdiction that does not have a regulatory authority for such workers, or in a non-Canadian jurisdiction, may request credit for up to 12 months of the professional work experience requirement under subsection (1)(b).
(9) A trainee may make a request under subsection (5) to (8) by applying to the registrar in the manner or form required by the registrar.
(10) The registrar must determine any application under subsection (9) in accordance with credentials committee policy.
(11) Subject to subsections (12) and (13), 

(a) a trainee enrolled in the FIT program, the TFT program or the TNRP program must complete the qualifying professional work experience required under this section within 48 months of the date of their enrolment, and
(b) a trainee enrolled in the ASFIT program or the ASTFT program must complete the qualifying professional work experience required under this section within 72 months of the date of their enrolment.

(12) In extraordinary circumstances, the registrar may extend the time for a trainee to complete the qualifying professional work experience required under this section subject to any terms or conditions the registrar considers necessary or appropriate in accordance with credentials committee policy.
(13) A trainee may request a time extension under subsection (12) by applying to the registrar in the manner or form required by the registrar. 

Review of enrolment decisions

7-14  (1) In this section, “enrolment decision” means a decision of the registrar or the credentials committee 

(a) rejecting an applicant’s application for enrolment as a trainee under section 45(1)(c) of the Act, or
(b) granting an applicant’s application for enrolment as a trainee subject to conditions or limitations to which the applicant has not consented, under section 45(1)(b) of the Act .

(2) Section 5-18 of Bylaw 5  (Registration) applies to an enrolment decision as if it were a registration decision described in section 5-18(1).

 

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