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Forest Technologist

Forest technologists perform many of the technical functions involved in the scientific management of forested areas.


Association of Alberta Forest Management Professionals (AAFMP)
Suite #120
17008 – 90th Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5T 1L6

Call: 780-761-8733



Under Alberta’s Regulated Forest Management Profession Act [pdf] and Regulated Forest Management Profession Regulation [pdf], you must register with the Association of Alberta Forest Management Professionals (AAFMP) if you intend to practice forestry. Only regulated members who meet registration requirements can use the protected titles and initials of:

  • Registered Professional Forest Technologist (RPFT)
  • Registered Forest Technologist (RFT)
  • Professional Forest Technologist (PFor.Tech.)

What You Need

To become a registered professional forest technologist (RPFT) in Alberta, you need:

  • An approved 2-year diploma or 3-year applied science degree in forestry or environmental sciences, or equivalent experience
  • Proof of good character and reputation
  • 24 months of work experience in the practice of forestry under the supervision of a mentor
  • Successful completion of a professional examination

There are other registration categories for forest technologists.

A forest technologist-in-training:

  • Has met the academic requirements but not the work experience requirements nor the examination for RPFT
  • Must work under the supervision of a registered professional forester or an RPFT
  • Must not supervise other regulated members
  • Does not have the authority to authenticate completed professional documents
  • Can use the title Forest Technologist-in-Training or the initials FTT

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


Working in Alberta

Forest technologists who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory body elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta. They can apply under the registered professional forest technologist - conditional category.

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