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Applying to be a Public Subscriber

Becoming a Public Subscriber with the Planning Institute of British Columbia is an excellent opportunity for individuals with a general interest in planning who are not directly involved in planning and not eligible for any other category of membership to get connected with the profession and the Institute, and to receive some of the Institute's services.

Applying to be a Pre-Candidate

Becoming a Pre-Candidate with the Planning Institute of British Columbia is an excellent opportunity for individuals pursuing a career in planning and who intend to seek Candidate and ultimately Certified membership and 'Registered Professional Planner' status with the Institute to get connected with the profession and the Institute, if they are not yet eligible for admission to Candidate membership.

Applying for Student Membership

Becoming a non-corporate Student Member of the Planning Institute of British Columbia is an excellent opportunity for post-secondary planning students to get connected with the planning profession, network with established professional planning practitioners, take advantage of the services and benefits of the Institute offered to Student Members, and build their future career in planning.

Applying for Retired Membership

Senior Certified members who are now retired and leaving active planning practice may apply to become a non-corporate Retired member. Retired members continue to enjoy many of the services and benefits of membership, at a substantially reduced fee rate. Eligible current Certified members who wish to apply for Retired membership should Login to the Members section of the website for more information, including the Application for Retired Membership.

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Applying for Candidate Membership

Based on new membership criteria and processes that came into effect on June 11th, 2012, individuals seeking Candidate membership must first have their qualifications assessed by the nationally-based Professional Standards Board for the planning profession in Canada (PSB), prior to admission to Candidate membership in PIBC. The PSB is now the first stop for applicants for Candidate membership. Only once an applicant has been assessed by the PSB, and recommended for admission can they be admitted to Candidate membership.

Fellow

A Fellow is a long-standing and exceptional professional Certified Member in good standing of the Institute who:

Candidate Membership

Candidate Membership - Application Process
 
Based on new membership criteria and processes that came into effect on June 11th, 2012, individuals seeking Candidate membership must first have their qualifications assessed by the nationally-based Professional Standards Board for the planning profession in Canada (PSB), prior to admission to Candidate membership in PIBC. The PSB is now the first stop for applicants for Candidate membership.

Certified Membership

Please Note: Candidate (formerly Provisional) members in good standing who were admitted prior to June 11th, 2012 and who are seeking to move forward with the membership certification process to become a Certified Member and 'Registered Professional Planner' (RPP) with PIBC must meet the membership certification requirements that were previously in place at the time of their admission to Candidate membership.

Profile of PIBC

The Planning Institute of British Columbia is comprised of nearly 1,600 members in all membership categories — of which about 1,300 are professional planning practitioners. Below is a summary of some membership profile information, based on the Institute’s Membership Survey conducted in 2007:

Planning Profession Background

The practice of planning today can trace its historical roots to traditional land-use, city and town planning. The organized, deliberate, conscious planning, organization and development of human settlements, resources and space date back centuries, and are historically evident in cultures and locations across the world.

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