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Becoming a Professional Forester   >   Application Process & Forms

Application Process & Forms

Student Membership – Students enrolled in a forestry-related, post-secondary program may apply for Student Membership

Provisional Membership – You may apply for Provisional Membership which continues while the remaining membership requirements for Full or Associate Membership are being fulfilled. Provisional membership, under the supervision or mentorship of an OPFA member, is required while attaining 18 months of progressive, relevant forestry experience, after graduation from an accredited program. Mentored professional forestry experience prior to obtaining Provisional Membership may be considered. Professional foresters licensed in jurisdictions other than Ontario, are accepted as sponsors or mentors for relevant experience gained while outside of Ontario. See Criteria For Relevant Experience  for more information.

Graduates from a Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board (CFAB) accredited forestry program will undergo the Accredited Graduate Process (AGP) towards Full membership. All other applicants for Full Membership undergo the Credential Assessment Process (CAP). Applicants for Associate Membership may undergo the Credential Assessment Process depending on their scope of practice.

To Apply For Provisional Membership:

  1. Submit a completed Provisional Membership Application Form;
  2. Submit the application fee-see Fee Schedule–  you may mail (5 Wesleyan Street, #201, Georgetown, ON  L7G 2E2) a cheque, money order or Visa/MasterCard information or call 905-877-3679 with credit card information.
  3. Submit a resumé or curriculum vitae (CV)

When received, this application material will be considered by the Registration Committee at their next regularly scheduled meeting (see meeting schedule and deadlines below).

For Members That Have Resigned: Applying For Re-admission

Ontario Forest Policy & Legislative Framework Requirement PolicyPlease refer to this policy for information on which of the 4 modules of the Ontario Forest Policy & Legislative Framework Bridge Training you will be required to successfully complete. The required modules can be completed through the online Bridge Training Program for Foresters.

Upcoming Registration Committee Meeting Dates and Deadlines: 

Meeting Date Deadline for Submissions
November 12, 2020 October 29, 2020
January 21, 2021 January 7, 2021
March 4, 2021 February 18, 2021
May 13, 2021 April 29, 2021
July 8, 2021 June 24, 2021
September 9, 2021 August 26, 2021
November 4, 2021 October 21, 2021

Forms & Additional Information:


E-lecture – Navigating the Registration Process: The Accredited Graduate Process


E-lecture – Navigating the Registration Process: The Credential Assessment Process 

Full Membership through the CAP

Bridge Training Program for Foresters

Witness Feedback Form

Suggestion on how to prepare your CAP portfolio

2008 Certification Standards for the Professional of Forestry in Canada– Currently used standards.

2017 Certification Standards for the Profession of Forestry in Canada   Note:  These are not currently used but will be implemented soon.

See Bridge Training Program for Foresters for training modules available to meet required to fill gaps in core demonstrable competencies which are identified in the assessment process.

Please email the OPFA Registration Manager ( for any questions regarding the CAP process.


The Associate Membership Application Process

Document Retention

  • The OPFA retains all submitted document and keeps records for current and past members indefinitely.
  • The OPFA will keep all documents, but will work with the applicant/member to return original documents where the applicant/member submits a written request and provides good reason for the request.

Alternatives to Registration Requirements

There are no alternatives to registration requirements at this time, however, the Registrar can work with the applicant if they are unable to meet the application documentation requirements.  After undergoing the Credential Assessment Process, applicants who did not graduate from an accredited forestry program may continue to fulfill Full membership requirements, or may alternately choose to meet Associate membership requirements.

Registration Reconsideration and Appeals Processes

An applicant may request that the Registration Committee reconsider its decision.  Any request for reconsideration must be received in writing by the OPFA within 60 days of the applicant being notified of the decision.  If the applicant remains unsatisfied after the reconsideration, the applicant may appeal in writing to the Registration Appeal Committee within 30 days of the Registration Committee’s reconsideration decision.

For more detailed information refer to Article 11.36 of the By-laws or go the section Reconsideration and Appeal.

How long does the application process take?

The length of the application process varies by the category of membership being requested, and will vary for each applicant.

Changes to the Registration Process

You can view all recent changes to the Registration Process here.