Post-Secondary Students

Are you ready to head to college or university?

This page will help you take the next steps to becoming a Registered Professional Forester (RPF), Registered Forest Technologist (RFT)  or Natural Resource Professional (NRP).

Please note: Post-secondary education is not required to become an Accredited Timber Cruiser, Accredited Timber Evaluator or Silvicultural Accredited Surveyor.

For detailed information, read the Types of Forest Professionals section.

Infographic – Pathways to a Career as a Forest Professional

This infographic shows the educational pathways to becoming registered with the ABCFP, a requirement for practising forestry in BC.

Practice of Professional Forestry
The Foresters Act defines the practice of professional forestry. The scope of practice is different for each designation. Read the scope of practice section for each designation to understand what each type of professional can do.

Designation RPF  RFT  NRP 
Scope of Practice Full Limited Limited

Choose a School

The educational requirements vary depending on whether you decide to become a Registered Professional Forester (RPF), Registered Forest Technologist (RFT) or Natural Resource Professional (NRP).

We recommend completing one of the accredited or recognized post-secondary programs listed on our website. These programs satisfy the core competency requirements for each designation as part of their program.

Accredited/Recognized Programs

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Designation  RPF  RFT  NRP 
Minimum Requirements for Enrolment Bachelor of Science in Forestry or a related field Diploma in Forestry or related field Limited to specific degree programs.
Recommended Post-Secondary Forestry Program CFAB Accredited Degree programs ABCFP-recognized Diploma programs ABCFP-recognized Degree programs (under Routes to Entry) 

Completing a Non-Accredited Program

Completing a non-accredited program is the longer road to registration. We strongly suggest that you consider completing one of the recommended programs listed in the section above.

There are many non-accredited forestry and natural resources programs offered by post-secondary institutions. Graduates of non-accredited/recognized programs may still be eligible to enroll for membership. However, you will be required to complete the credentials assessement process (CAP) which will review your credentials to determine if any additional work is required to satisfy the core competency standards for membership.

Students enrolled in these programs should onto their course outlines and class materials, such as projects and papers. They will be required as part of the assessment process.

While in School

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Find your Niche

Forest professionals have knowledge of wildlife biology, fisheries, forest ecology, hydrology (the study of water) and silviculture (growing trees), soils, forest engineering, recreation, landscape design, etc. You can discover which areas interest through:

  • Your school course work
  • Summer employment
  • Being a Mentee - Some post-secondary schools have mentoring programs where you can receive guidance from forest professionals.
  • Workshop Participation – check the Pro D Listings for offerings that might interest you. [ADD LINK]
  • Speaking with Forest Professionals - You can also request for a forest professional to speak to your class or you could job-shadow a forest professional for a day (send an email request to Cheryl Waddell). 
  • Attending the association's annual forestry conference and AGM provides a great opportunity to speak with your future peer

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After You Graduate

Become an Enrolled Member (Member in Training) of the ABCFP

After graduating from your  post-secondary program, you should apply to enroll in one of our training programs right away. It will take a minimum of two (2) years to complete the registration requirements once you become an enrolled member.

Enrolment/Training Programs

Designation RPF  RFT  NRP 
Graduates of an accredited/recognized program are eligible to enroll into the: Forester-in-Training (FIT) program Trainee Forest Technologist (TFT) program Trainee Natural Resource Professional (TNRP) program
Graduates of non-accredited/recognized programs may be eligible to enroll in the: Allied Science Forester in Training (ASFIT) program Allied Science Trainee Forest Technologist (ASTFT) program N/A

Registration Requirements

Enrolled members must complete 3 main registration requirements concurrently during their enrolment period to become registered. See the Roadmap to Registration for an overview of the registration process.

  1. Six Experience Areas Modules – complete online modules in six experience areas that the profession believes are critical for forest professionals. This module process is designed to build knowledge and a professional mind-set from the moment a new member is enrolled.
  2. Articling Requirements – complete 24 months of post-enrolment work experience under the guidance of a sponsoring professional.   Work experience gained during your enrolment period helps you be better prepared for registration and the rights and obligations of a practising professional.
  3. Core Competency Requirements – (required of Allied Science members only) - complete a core competency assessment.  Core Competency Standards are the minimum competencies required of a member to practice professional forestry.  These requirements vary for each designation.  Graduates of non-accredited programs must complete the assessment which will determine what, if any, outstanding requirements must be completed to become registered.

 

Designation RPF  RFT NRP
Program FIT ASFIT  TFT ASTFT TNRP
Six Experience Areas Modules Yes  Yes Yes Yes Yes
Articling Requirements Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Core Competency Requirements No Yes No Yes No

 

Visit the Become a Member and the appropriate Registration Requirements web pages for the RPF , RFT , and NRP designation for full details.

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