Regulatory Agency

Association of BC Forest Professionals


The practice of professional forestry is a regulated activity in British Columbia. The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) is responsible for registering and regulating British Columbia’s professional foresters and forest technologists. It administers and enforces the Foresters Act and sets and enforces codes of conduct and standards of practice for members.

The ABCFP is empowered to exact accountability for matters relating to professional competence or conduct. A complaint can be filed against any member of ABCFP and there are no restrictions on who may lodge a complaint. Complaints must be made in writing and meet certain criteria in order to activate the complaint resolution process.

The complaints resolution process is initiated when a written complaint is lodged against a member and is the mechanism through which ACBFP members are held accountable for their professional competence and conduct. If the complaint is accepted, it is forwarded to the complaints resolution committee, which then selects the appropriate dispute resolution mechanism to resolve the complaint.

The range of appropriate complaint resolution mechanisms available include: negotiating a settlement between the parties, accepting admissions from a member, mediation, arbitration, fact finding, investigation and disciplinary hearings.


Association of BC Forest Professionals
330 - 321 Water Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 1B8

Telephone: 604-687-8027
Fax: 604-687-3264

Justice Education Society Resources

Early Resolution

Before you appeal to the tribunal, have you tried to work out your situation by other methods? The tribunal process can take a lot of time and may not result in the decision you expected. Use this Early Dispute Resolution checklist to find out if you have tried all avenues available to you. The following videos and PDFs will also help you.

Negotiating a Solution

You’ve prepared for your tough talk, now you’re ready for the next step: negotiation.
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Understanding Disputes

Here’s what’s really going on behind most disputes.
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Preparing for a Tough Talk

Find out how to prepare for a difficult conversation to settle a dispute.
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Choosing a Dispute Resolution Option

Find out about mediation and other ways to resolve disputes.
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Preparing for a Hearing

If you have decided to move forward with the tribunal process, use this Tribunal Hearing Preparation checklist to help you get ready. You may also like to take a look at these videos and PDFs for more about how to prepare your case.

Written Hearings

This video describes the process for submitting your case in writing and what your submission must contain.
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In-person Hearings

Watch a dramatization of what it’s like to make a case at an in-person hearing.
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Telephone hearings

Find out how to prepare to make an effective presentation for a hearing over the phone.
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Hearings: First steps

This video introduces the different tribunal processes, including mediation and settlement conferences.
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