Standing Non-Practising (NP) Status

The “standing” non-practising registrant status is designed for existing practising RPFs or RFTs who are still actively working but not engaged in the practice of professional forestry, and want to continue to maintain a professional designation. 

ABCFP Bylaw 5-3, Categories and Subcategories of Registrants, establishes a category for non-practising registrants. A non-practising registrant may use either the title or abbreviation of RPF or RFT, accompanied by the term 'non-practising' (NP) immediately preceding or following the title or abbreviation (Bylaw 5-17(15)(a) and (b)).

If approved for non-practising registration, you still have to complete outstanding professional obligations, such as paying fees and completing Continuing Professional Development requirements, in the practising RPF or practicing RFT category. 

However, all registrants in the non-practicing registrant category are excluded from selection for a competence or conduct audit (Bylaw 11-4).

Non-Practising is:
  • an alternative form of renewing your registration;
  • only available to a current or former practising RPF registrant or practising RFT registrant;.

If eligible, registrants may opt for a non-practising category for a variety of reasons:

  • to demonstrate their continued commitment to superior professionalism;
  • upholding of professional and legal standards; and
  • continued learning.
With Standing Non-Practising status, a registrant:
  • maintains their ABCFP registration;
  • is exempt from mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements;
  • is exempt from selection for Competence or Professional Conduct audits;
  • remains connected to the profession; and
  • continues to receive BC Forest Professional magazine and The Increment e-newsletter.

(*Registrants with NP status are exempt from the requirement to report annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) qualifying hours as set out under Bylaw 10-1(3). ABCFP Council may, at a future date, via bylaw 10.1(3)(a)(ii), decide to establish some amount of qualifying hours of professional development.)

While classified as a non-practising registrant, you must not:
  • engage in the practice of professional forestry in British Columbia; or
  • use any reserved title or designations (verbally, written, or in electronic communications),  indicating or implying that you are authorized to engage in the practice of professional forestry (per Bylaw 5-12(4));
  • display your certificate, nor use your professional stamp(s) and/or seal(s);
  • participate in the affairs of the association, including:
    • voting; and
    • sitting on council or any boards, committees, or subcommittees; and
  • sponsor a trainee. If you are a sponsor, you must inform your trainees personally that you are not eligible to be a sponsor and they must find a new sponsor.

Undertaking of these unauthorized acts while non-practising is subject to disciplinary action under the ABCFP Bylaws.

Eligibility Requirements

RPFs or RFTs in good standing who are still actively working but not engaged in the practice of professional forestry, and want to continue to maintain a professional designation.

The practising registrant who might opt for this category is likely someone who has shifted to working in an area ancillary to the practice of professional forestry, such as in wood product manufacturing, or into an elevated executive leadership role. 


  • some government deputy ministers and assistant deputy minister (ADM) positions (excluding chief forester);
  • lawyers;
  • mill managers;
  • log buyers;
  • forestry equipment sales/marketing;
  • IT/software development; and
  • others who left the forest sector but work in positions that can benefit from professional accountability, such as a school teacher.

How Long is a NP Effective?

There is no limit to the period of time that a registrant can have non-practising status.

Registration status must be renewed annually. The fiscal year runs from December 1 to November 30.

If you have held non-practising status for longer than 36 months, you may be required to complete additional requirements deemed necessary to reinstate your registration, including but not limited to, completing professional educational requirements (per bylaw 5-14 (2)(a).

To change to NP status, you must reapply by submitting a complete change of status application each year for standing registration as non-practicing by the applicable deadlines.

Reinstatement from non-practicing registration status will follow the same reinstatement policies established for reinstating from resigned or retired registrant status.

Apply for NP

Applications are only accepted during the registration renewal period from October 1 to November 30. After this date, if you have already renewed your registration for the current fiscal year, you do not have to change your status.

Apply for Non-Practising status 

1. Confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements.

See the Eligibility Requirements section above.
Registrants with conditional status are not eligible to apply for NP and must renew their registration.

2. Complete the online change of status request form and submit the required fees.
  • Registration renewal deadlines apply to NP status.
  • Both the application and fees must be received by our office by these dates or else they are considered late.
  • Registrants who do not renew their full registration or submit a complete change of status request by the renewal deadline will have their registration statuses suspended on December 1, 2022 (Bylaw 5-19(1)).


Fees for NP are the same as those for practising registration.