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Biologists study living organisms and apply their scientific knowledge in various fields.


Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB)
370 105 - 12 Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta  T2G 1A1

Call: 403-264-1273


Under Alberta’s Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act [pdf] and Professional Biologists Regulation [pdf], you must be a registered member of the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB) to use the Professional Biologist title or the P. Biol. and P Biol initials.

You do not have to register if you do not call yourself a Professional Biologist.

What You Need

To register as a Professional Biologist (P. Biol.) in Alberta, you need:

  • At least 3 years of acceptable work experience
  • A bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or doctoral degree in biological sciences from an approved educational institution, or equivalent
  • 3 letters from professional referees (preferably, at least 1 from a Professional Biologist)

If you meet the educational requirements but not the work experience requirements, you may register as a Biologist in Training (BIT).

For details about all registration requirements, contact the ASPB or visit the ASPB website.

Working in Alberta

Biologists who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory body elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if their scope of practice and competencies are similar.

For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the ASPB website.

The certification information in this profile may change at any time and without notice. Before making any career decisions, we advise you to contact the regulatory organization or visit their website for the most updated information.

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