Professional forestry is a regulated profession in all but two Canadian provinces (Manitoba and Prince Edward Island).  As the umbrella organization for the provincial regulators of professional forestry practice, the Canadian Federation of Professional Foresters Associations (CFPFA) serves as a forum for discussion on matters of common interest and for the development of processes which will have common application.  

The Member Agencies of the CFPFA (see “About the CFPFA”) have developed and adopted a common set of competency-based academic and work experience requirements that all applicants for professional practice must meet in order to become registered.  These requirements, known as Certification Standards, and their associated assessment procedures, provide an equitable,  transparent and consistent basis for regulatory bodies across Canada to assess and verify an applicant’s qualifications - knowledge, skills, and competencies - for formal recognition as a Registered Professional Forester (R.P.F.) or ingénieur forestier (ing.f.) (Québec).  

The standards are applied in two quite separate ways – for Certification and for Accreditation.   Although fully harmonized, there is a separate set of standards for each.  The former applies to individual applicants for registration whereas the latter is used to assess university programs for accreditation purposes.

Each set is comprised of seven discrete standards, or subject areas. Each standard details the principle, relevant components, demonstrable competency requirements, and performance indicators, arranged in a progression of understanding, for the given standard.  Demonstrable competencies are described, and assessed, at an entry, i.e., at the level of competence and experience expected of a new graduate of an accredited university forestry program