Steps to Renew

The ABCFP is mandated by the provincial government to protect the public interest in BC forests by registering and regulating forest professionals. Under the Forest Professionals Regulation of the Professional Governance Act (PGA), the right to practise professional forestry and the use of forest professional titles are reserved exclusively for ABCFP registrants.
In accordance with ABCFP Bylaw 5-15, all registrants must complete all registration renewal requirements on or before November 30.

Failure to do so will result in the suspension of your ABCFP registration on December 1. If you are a practising registrant (RPF or RFT), suspension of your ABCFP registration means you are no longer legally allowed to practise professional forestry and you will be flagged as 'suspended' in the ABCFP online directory of forest professionals.

  • Registrants who fail to renew their registration by November 30 can resume practice by paying a late fee and completing their registration renewal between December 1 and January 31.
  • After January 31, anyone who has not completed their registration renewal must apply for reinstatement in order to resume practice.
 

Registration renewal notices are emailed to all registrants in October.

Registration fees for 2023 have increased 30 per cent owing to significant cost increases as a result of the regulatory burden created by the Professional Governance Act (PGA), a triple increase in the number of complaints, and the highest inflation in recent history.

Read more information and a backgrounder on the fee increase.

Important Dates

  • October 13: Registrant renewal notice emailed out.
  • November 30: Final date to renew your ABCFP registration, to avoid having your registration suspended.
  • January 31: Final deadline. If renewal is not completed by this date, your registration will be cancelled and you lose your authorization to practise professional forestry or use any protected forest professional title in BC.

Steps to Renew Your Registration

All practising registrants must complete five steps to renew:

Trainees and Retired Registrants Only Need to Complete Three Steps to Renew:

  • Step 1: Ensure your contact information is current;
  • Step 2: Submit your annual indictable offence declaration;
  • Step 3: Pay your fees.

You Must Complete All Required Steps to Renew 

If you haven’t completed all the required steps by November 30, 2022, your registration will be suspended and you will be subject to additional fees to complete your registration renewal. If you haven't completed all steps by January 31, 2023, you will lose your authorization to practise professional forestry or use any protected forest professional title in BC and will be required to apply for reinstatement to resume practice.

Methods to Renew
  • Renew Online: The fastest and easiest way to renew is online. Sign in to the Manage My Account page and click on the renew registration button. If you have difficulty logging on, send an email to web@abcfp.ca.
  • Renew by Mail, Fax or In-Person: You can also renew by mail, fax or in person by downloading and completing the applicable registrant renewal forms, including your Professional Development Plan.
  • Monthly Payments of Registrant Fees: You can elect to pay fees in monthly installments by way of pre-authorized debits to a designated bank account. There is a $16.80 (including GST) fee for this service and registrants must complete and return the Payor's Authorization For Pre-Authorized Debits form and other required documentation to the ABCFP office no later than November 15.

If you are currently retired, unemployed, on parental leave, returning to school, working outside of BC, or medically unfit to work and are not practising professional forestry in BC as defined by the PGA, you may be eligible to apply for a change in registration status, rather than renewing your registration.

Change Your Status (Retirement, Leave of Absence or Resignation)

If you are currently retired, unemployed, on parental leave, returning to school, working outside of BC, or medically unfit to work and are not practising professional forestry in BC as defined by the PGA, you may be eligible to apply for a change in registration status, rather than renewing your registration.
For detailed information on change of status options, including eligibility requirements, refer to the Status & Name Changes page.

Change of Status Application Deadlines

Registrant renewal deadlines also apply to change of status applications.

  • November 30 is the deadline to submit an application to change your registration status. An administrative fee will be added to all change of status applications after November 30.
  • January 31 is the final date to take action, or you will removed from the registrant roll.

Discontinue Your Registration

If you are no longer practising forestry in BC and will not continue your registration, you must formally apply for a change of status to resign by January 31. There is no fee to resign and the complete application must be received in our office by January 31.
We encourage you to review all your change of status options before you apply for resignation.
The consequences for not renewing your registration or applying for a change of status (leave of absence, retirement, reinstatement or resignation) are:

  • loss of authorization to practise professional forestry or use any protected forest professional title in BC (ABCFP Bylaw 5-15(8)); 
  • publication of your name to inform forest professionals and the general public that you are no longer authorized to practise professional forestry or use any protected forest professional title;
  • requirement to pay any and all outstanding fees due at the time of cancellation plus applicable reinstatement and registration fees if you choose to reinstate; and
  • potentially having to complete additional requirements including but not limited to, completing professional educational requirements if you wish to reinstate your registration (ABCFP bylaw 5-14).

Questions: email renewal@abcfp.ca

RENEW REGISTRATION