Retire

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;
  • continue to receive the BC Forest Professional magazine and The Increment e-newsletter.

 

While on Retired status, you may not:
  • use any of the titles specified in the ABCFP Bylaws or the Forest Professionals Regulation  (verbally, written, or in electronic communications), which could lead a member of the public to believe you are a practicing registrant of the association;
  • sign, seal, or stamp professional documents; and   
  • engage in the practice of professional forestry in British Columbia without first reinstating to full active registration.

Eligibility Requirements

Read the Retire section of the Change of Status Procedures and ABCFP Bylaw 5 for the full details on eligibility criteria.


Council may admit a registered (RFT or RPF) or an associate (ATC, ATE, NRP, SAS) member to the retired membership category who:

  • Satisfies council 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 council.

Apply for Retired Status

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.

      Retiring between October 5 – January 31

  • You may apply for retired status, for the next fiscal year, if you are retiring from professional practice between October 5 - January 31 (during the registrant renewal period).
  • Complete the application below and submit the retired members annual fee of $47.85 (GST included) before the December 1 due date 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 February 1 – September 30

  • You must renew your active registrant status and pay the full annual fee by the due date 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.

      Retiring between September 1  September 30

  • You may apply for retired status for the current fiscal year if you will be officially retired by September 30th. However, no refunds will be made during this period for the status change.  If you are retiring after September 30th, you should wait until October to apply for retired status for the upcoming fiscal year. 
Apply to Retire Here

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 5- January 31). 
  • Requests submitted after the renewal period are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Check COS Application Status Here

Reinstate From Retired Status

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

Questions?

Please contact the registration department.