Certified Membership Process – CIP Recognized Planning Degree

Below is an overview of the process for a Candidate Member in good standing, who holds a university degree in planning from a school/program which is formally accredited by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) & Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC), to become a Certified member, or 'Registered Professional Planner' with PIBC and CIP.

While Candidate members should be logging their responsible planning work experience as they go, this formal process should be started once a Candidate member has been working in planning and achieved a minimum of two year’s of responsible planning work experience.

Application & Log Book

The first step is to complete the Application Form for Certified membership and Log Book documenting a minimum of two years (24 months) of responsible planning work experience. Follow the links below for related membership resources:

Once a completed application form and log book have been submitted, the Membership Committee will review them in accordance with the Institute’s applicable membership criteria. Once the Committee has determined that an applicant has met the applicable criteria, they will be referred to the next step in the process.

Oral Exam Interview

The final step in the process for all applicants for Certified Membership is the successful completion of the Oral Exam interview. For more information on the Oral Exam interview, follow the link here:

Once an applicant successfully completes the Oral Exam interview, their admission to Certified membership will be referred to PIBC Council for approval.

For more information in this section, please follow the links below: