graduates from non-accredited programs

The CFPFA has worked with its member agencies, provincial governments and the Government of Canada to develop credential assessment procedures for applicants who are foreign-trained or who have graduated from university programs in Canada that are not accredited by the CFAB. The procedures have been adopted by each subject regulatory body in Canada and involve the assessment of an applicant’s current education, training, and experience to determine the extent to which the competencies of the Certification Standards have been met


To be considered for registration, an applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. • Have graduated from a four-year, science-based baccalaureate degree program, or equivalent

  2. • Can demonstrate that he/she meets the competencies of the current Certification Standards.

  3. • Can demonstrate a commitment to professionalism.

  4. • Have work experience as required by the regulatory body to which application is being made.


A detailed credential assessment process handbook has been prepared as guidance for foreign-trained applicants and for graduates from non-accredited programs in Canada.  The handbook identifies all of the requirements and the procedures for making application.


Under this application process, the first point of contact for a potential applicant is the provincial regulatory body in the province where a person wishes to practice professional forestry.  Once admitted into the process, assessment of a candidate’s credentials is undertaken by an independent panel of assessors in accordance with the adopted national credential assessment process (described in the applicant handbook).  Panels are convened by the CFPFA on a semi-annual basis.  A panel provides an assessment report to the chosen regulatory body which then renders a certification decision.