Retired status is only available to registered and associate registrants who are no longer practising professional forestry in BC.

Retired status allows you to:

  • remain actively involved with the profession;
  • participate in the affairs of the association, including voting, and sitting on council or any boards, committees, or subcommittees;
  • use the retired registrant title and (Ret) designation: [your designation] plus [(Ret)], e.g. RPF (Ret);
  • continue to sponsor trainees or become a new sponsor; and
  • continue to receive the BC Forest Professional magazine and The Increment e-newsletter.

While on Retired status, you may not:

  • engage in the practice of professional forestry in BC; or
  • use any reserved title or designation (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)); or
  • sign, seal, or stamp professional documents.

Retirement Eligibility Requirements
Read ABCFP Bylaw 5 for the full details on eligibility criteria.

The Registrar and/or the Credentials Committee may admit a practising registrant (RFT or RPF) or an associate (ATC, ATE, NRP, SAS) registrant to the retired registrant category who:

  • verifies that they are not engaged in the practice of professional forestry as defined in the Forest Professionals Regulation or Section 5 of the Professional Governance Act and they do not intend to return to practice in the future; and
  • Is 55 or older, or, if not 55 or older, can demonstrate extenuating circumstances to the satisfaction of the registrar or credentials committee.

Apply to Retire


Note: You are not eligible for retirement if you are still working in an area of regulated practice.  

Retiring between October 1–November 30

  • You may apply for retired status for the next fiscal year if you are retiring from professional practice between October 1-November 30 (during the registrant renewal period) or have already retired.
  • Complete the application below and submit the retired registrant annual fee of $65.32 (GST included) before the November 30 deadline in order to renew your status. You will be required to inform us of your final day of work and we will process your request accordingly.

Retiring between December 1–September 30

  • You must renew your active registrant status and pay the full annual fee by the deadline if you are retiring from professional practice outside of the renewal period.
  • You are eligible to apply for retired status for the next fiscal year.   

Reinstate From Retired Status

If you wish to return to practice, you may be eligible to reinstate to active registrant status. See the Reinstate page for information.

Check Your Application Status

  • Retired status requests must be approved by the Registrar and/or the Credentials Committee. 
  • If you have already renewed your registration for the fiscal year, wait to submit an application for retirement until the renewal period (October 1-November 30). 
  • Requests submitted after the renewal period are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Check COS Application Status


Questions: Contact the registration department.