Forest Technologist

OCCUPATION INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW:

 

Who is the licensing body responsible for Forest Technologist’s in Alberta?

In Alberta, you must be registered with the College of Alberta Professional Forest Technologists (CAPFT) to use the protected titles reserved for regulated members: Registered Professional Forest Technologist (RPFT), Registered Forest Technologist (RFT) or Forest Technologist-In-Training (FTTIT). Registration is mandatory if you meet the academic benchmark and/or identified competency areas and intend to practice forestry on public lands.

What are the registration requirements for internationally educated Forest Technologists?

Internationally educated Forest Technologists coming into Alberta are encouraged to contact or apply directly to CAPFT to see what steps must be taken to become a member of the college. The application form can be found on line. 

Internationally educated Forest Technologists must 

1. if currently employed in the practice of forestry, determine whether your employment falls under the Scope of Practice as defined by the Regulated Forestry Profession Act

2. inquire with the Registrar of the College to determine whether you are eligible for registration. If so 

    a.    apply as a regulated member.

    b.   submit your official transcripts directly from your educational institution, pay the fee, and submit a resume and professional references to the CAPFT office. 

NOTE: If documents are not in English, certified translations must be provided. The Association of Translators and Interpreters of Alberta provides translation services. 

3. Write the Professional Exam to ensure familiarity with Federal and Provincial legislation. 


Optional Membership and Regulated Title

If not under mandatory registration a technologist may choose to pursue regulated membership and professional title: 

1. Apply to the CAPFT as an Associate member. 

    Submit your official transcripts and course syllabi directly from your educational institution, pay the fee, and submit a resume and professional references to the CAPFT office. 

    NOTE: If documents are not in English, certified translations must be provided. The Association of Translators and Interpreters of Alberta provides translation services. 

    a. complete any course work assigned by CAPFT to rectify any discrepancies. 

    b. complete any practical work experience under the supervision of a RFPT as required. 

    NOTE: A total of 24 months of post graduate work experience is required. Previous work experience is considered. 

2. write and pass the CAPFT Professional Exam on legislation and policy. 

3. apply for a Practice Permit from CAPFT. 

NOTE:  All applicants must be a Canadian citizen or be legally entitled to work in Canada.

For complete information on registering to become a Registered Forestry Technologist in Alberta, visit the College of Alberta Professional Forest Technologists' website.

What are the educational requirements for Forest Technologists in Alberta?

In order to become a Forest Technologist, a Forest Technologist Diploma is required. In Alberta, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton offers a two-year Forest Technology diploma program.

What are the accepted English language proficiency tests and where can I be tested?

There are no formal English requirements for Forest Technologists; however, Forest Technologists must have a high level of English in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in order to be successful in the profession. To learn more about where to take an English language proficiency test in Alberta, visit English Language Proficiency Tests and Locations.

What supports are available to support internationally educated professionals to integrate into the Canadian labour force?

Directions for Immigrants offers Clear Communications for Business to help you integrate into the Canadian work force. Topics include Active Listening, Assertiveness, Conflict Resolution, Problem Solving and Teamwork. Visit the Job Success Groups on the Study Groups page for more information on this service and eligibility criteria.

What information resources are available for Forest Technologists?

College of Alberta Professional Forest Technologists 




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