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The Forest Professional Regulators of Canada (FPRC) Organisme de réglementation des professionnels de la forêt du Canada (ORPFC) is an advisory group composed of representatives of forest professional regulatory organizations across Canada and the Canadian Institute of Forestry, which represents those jurisdictions in which forestry is not a regulated profession.


FPRC's mission is to provide coordination of programs and services enabling transparent, impartial and procedurally fair registration practices of forest professionals by regulators in Canada.


FPRC's/ORPFC's purpose is to promote consistency in the regulation of forest professionals in Canada, coordinate and communicate issues that affect the regulation of forest professionals, enable movement for forest professionals between jurisdictions, define standards for entry to practice, accredit forest professional post-secondary programs and conduct credential assessments.


Audience and Lecturer

The accreditation process reviews post-secondary forestry programs against defined educational standards for certification. This enables graduates to apply for registration as a forest professional in Canada.

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Credential Assessments

The Credential Assessment Process (CAP) assesses applicants for registration as a forest professional against a common set of competency-based academic and work experience requirements.


Bachelor of Urban Forestry (BUF) degree program
with a minor in Urban Green Space Management (UGM), University of British Columbia 

Jan 5, 2024
The Bachelor of Urban Forestry (BUF) degree program with a minor in Urban Green Space
Management (UGM) was granted accreditation for a period of 6 years between July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2029. The BUF UGM is offered by the Forest Resources Management Department in
the Faculty of Forestry at UBC located in Vancouver, Canada. It is the first Canadian urban forestry program accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board. Graduates from the
program are eligible to begin the process of licensure to become a Registered Professional Forester in professional forestry associations across Canada.

The BUF program is a professional undergraduate degree program supported by the Faculty of Forestry and the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. The program “is designed to prepare students to become professional urban foresters who are knowledgeable in the management of urban ecology, green-space and recreation planning and design, environmental well-being, and the adaptive management to climate change.” Since the BUF program was initiated in 2015-2016, enrollment has steadily increased from 16 students to 228 students in 2021-2022. The program consists of two minors; only the UGM minor has sought forestry accreditation. This minor met all of the required competencies listed under Professional Studies (Standards 1-3), Functional Studies (Standards 4-7), and the Urban Forestry Contextual Standard (8c). Unique urban forestry courses include Environmental Justice and Urban Green Equity, Green the City, Urban Forests and Wellbeing, Urban Forestry Administration, Policy and Law, Green Network Planning, and an Urban Forestry Field School.

Fee structure for CAP Submissions
December 12, 2023
Forest Professional Regulators of Canada (FPRC) recently approved a change in the credentials assessment process fees charged per panel assessment. Instead of a one-time $1000 application fee, the fee is split into two equal parts – $500 fee – Panel A (academic assessment) and $500 fee –
Panel B (work experience assessment). All applicants must contact their provincial regulators to discuss the fees applicable to their assessment situation.

For more information please contact the applicable provincial regulator directly.

Contact Us

If you require more information on the credential assessment process, contact the regulator in the province you will be working in. If you have questions on other FPRC programs or issues, please submit your inquiry below.

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