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. Only once an applicant has been assessed by the PSB, and recommended for admission can they be admitted to Candidate membership. A summary of the criteria for Candidate membership is available here. The process for applying for Candidate membership is as follows:
  • Apply for assessment of your qualifications with the Professional Standards Board (PSB)
  • Following successful assessment by the PSB, submit confirmation and payment of membership fees to PIBC
  • Receive formal admission to Candidate membership by PIBC Council
Get started by visiting and contacting the Professional Standards Board (PSB). Be sure to review all the applicant information carefully prior to submitting your application for assessment, to ensure Candidate membership is the right path for you. Once you have been assessed and recommended for admission, we look forward to welcoming you as a Candidate member of PIBC!
Not yet eligible for Candidate Membership? Become 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.

This includes individuals who hold a degree from a university planning school/program which is formally accredited by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) & Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC), but who are not currently employed in planning. It also includes individuals who are employed in planning but who do not hold an accredited planning degree and are not yet eligible for admission to Candidate membership.

To apply for Pre-Candidate Membership, click here.