If you wish to return to the practice of professional forestry in BC and are a current registrant on a leave of absence (LOA), you may apply to reinstate at any time. If you are a former registrant, you may be eligible for reinstatement. For eligibility requirements, read the reinstatement section in the applicable procedures (below) section for full details.

Eligibility Requirements
Read the Reinstatement section in the applicable procedures (below) for full details.

 Membership Type    Procedures   Reinstatement Notes 
  • Registered - RFT, RPF
  • Associate - ATC, ATE, SAS
  • For absences longer than 36 months, you will be required to submit a higher reinstatement fee and additional requirements* may be deemed necessary to reinstate your registration, including but not limited to completing professional educational requirements.
  • Enrolled - ASFIT, ASTFT, FIT, TFT, TNRP
  • You will lose two months of your work experience credit for each month, or portion thereof, while you are not a registrant.
  • For absences longer than 36 months, you must reapply for registrant status and requalify all of your work experience.

Requirements are determined on a case by case basis once we receive your reinstatement request.

Requirements are based on how long you have been off the registration roll and your activities during that time.

  • If you were employed in any capacity during your absence, as part of the application form, you will be required to provide;
  • a current detailed resume that includes all of your education and work experience; and
  • details on any steps you have taken to remain current with the practice of professional forestry during this time.

Reapplication Requirements
You are not eligible for reinstatement, if you were a former registrant who was:

  • registered with conditional status (e.g. conditional RFT or transferring registrant);
  • a special permit – limited license holder; or
  • an enrolled registrant over three years (36 months) ago.

You must reapply for registrant status and meet the current registration requirements.
Visit the Becoming a Registrant section of the website for information on applying for your intended designation.

Apply for Reinstatement

  1. Confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements. See the Eligibility Requirements section above.
  2. Complete the online change of status request form and submit the required fees.

Apply to Reinstate


Check Your Application Status

  • Reinstatement status requests must be approved by the Registrar, Professional Practice Committee (PPC), the Board of Examiners, and/or Council. The process takes about four to six weeks.
  • Requests are considered on an ongoing basis; a decision is rendered at the end of each month.
  • Requests received in October and early November are approved in December for the new fiscal year. 

Check COS Application Status

Questions: Contact the registration department.