Membership Requirements

Membership Requirements


There are two processes that every applicant must go through to be recognized as a registered professional forester in Nova Scotia;

1) Application and  2) Certification

1) Application Process

All applications are to be in the English language. Please refer to our Translation Policy for language services.

Also, please refer to our Accommodations Policy if further assistance is required in completing your application.

As a first step, the Registrar will make every effort to initially respond to all applications and inquiries within 48 hours to acknowledge receipt of all communication.

The Registrar will make every effort to respond to completed applications, that also include all supporting documentation, within 3 weeks. During this time, the Registrar will process all information provided and provide weekly updates regarding findings or requests for additional information.

An unsuccessful application can result by not providing the supporting documentation required for registration (detailed below). In such cases, applicants can seek to have their documentation assessed through a national process or appeal the registrar's decision through an Internal Review of the Application (see Internal Review Policy).

NOTE: While it is important that the Registrar respond to all inquiries and applications against listed time frames, there may be circumstances that occur that may be cause for a delay in the timelines noted above.

To begin the application process to be a registered professional forester in Nova Scotia, an applicant must either;

i) have graduated and obtained a degree from a Canadian forestry program accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board (CFAB) through an assessment against Certification Standards. A listing of the schools that have been accredited by the CFAB are listed at:

Submit an Application


ii) have obtained their education internationally or from a non-accredited program in Canada and can demonstrate through a credential assessment of that education and training against the National Certification Standards for the Profession of Forestry in Canada.

Submit an Application


iii) be transferring their professional membership from one jurisdiction to another under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement,

Submit an Application online 

To Submit your Application by mail (printable version).


iv) be applying for Re-instatement by Council as per By-law 4.12 for Inactive Members or for those who have held a previous membership to RPFANS.

Submit an Application

International Applicants and Applicants from Non-accredited Programs

Those applicants who have received their education and training internationally or from a non-accredited program must demonstrate that they can meet the National Certification Standards for the Profession of Forestry in Canada and shall undergo a Credential Assessment. A national credential assessment is carried out to verify an applicant's education, training and experience and determine an applicant's eligibility for certification and if necessary, provide opportunities for satisfying all minimum requirements.

Please visit Credential Assessment Process - the Pathway to Becoming an RPF ( for more information.

The National Certification Standards and the process for entering the Credential Assessment Process (CAP) is found on line at:

2) Certification Process

To receive certification as a registered professional forester in Nova Scotia, applicants must satisfy Regular Active Member requirements.

To be a Regular Active Member, all applicants must:

a) have two years of forestry-related experience under the guidance of a sponsoring certified forester or be an active registered forester in another Canadian jurisdiction who is transferring membership,


b) have successfully passed a jurisprudence exam within an assigned time period. 

For a) and b) above: With the exception of transferring applicants, all who apply are assigned an Associate Member Category, as either a; Forester in Training or Forestry Candidate.

 A Forester-in-Training has received a degree from an accredited forestry program and shall successfully complete a jurisprudence exam within 36 months.

A Forestry Candidate is an applicant who has made application for a credential assessment.  An applicant can remain a Forestry Candidate for a maximum of five (5) years, to provide time for bridge training or other opportunities for satisfying all requirements for Active Regular Membership.  Forestry Candidates have sixty (60) months to write and successfully complete the jurisprudence exam.

d) Additional Requirement - All members must disclose any conviction for criminal or indictable offenses which have not been pardoned.

For more information, please contact us at:


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P.O. Box 1031
Truro, N.S., B2N 5G9

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