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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.

To learn about certification for internationally educated biologists, see Biologist Registration Process.

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