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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, find more info here or below.

 

PIBC Membership Eligibility with accredited Planning Degree:

without planning employment:

1) Pre-Candidate Membership - Application via PIBC (https://www.pibc.bc.ca/join-pre-candidate)

accredited Planning Degree no employment in Planning

 

with planning employment:

2) Candidate Membership - Application via PSB (https://psb-planningcanada.ca/certification-process/application-process/accredited-degree/)

accredited Planning Degree & employment in Planning

The PSB is dealing with the Planning Certification Process Canada wide & would copy us (PIBC - Membership affiliation for BC & Yukon) on your Candidate Membership eligibility email, which you will get, when they receive & confirm the eligibility of your application and we would follow up with you then. 

You always will need to be a current Candidate Member of the affiliation in the Province you are living and/or working in, while you are going through the process with the PSB. In case you would move to another Province you always would be able to be transferred into the affiliation of the other province & the PSB would be informed of the Membership Transfer, but the Certification Process itself would stay the same.

 

B) PIBC Membership/Subscription Eligibility with un-accredited Planning Degree:

If you have no employment in Planning:

1) Public Subscriber: (application via PIBC at https://www.pibc.bc.ca/become-public-subscriber

Non-accredited (Non-)Planning University Degree, no Employment in Planning

 

If you have employment in Planning:

2) Pre-Candidate Membership: (application via PIBC at https://www.pibc.bc.ca/join-pre-candidate)

Non-accredited (Non-)Planning University Degree, Employment in Planning & less than 5 years of responsible professional planning experience

 

3) Candidate Membership: (PLAR-Route application via the Professional Standards Board at https://psb-planningcanada.ca/certification-process/application-process/prior-learning-assessment-plar/)

Non-accredited (Non-)Planning University Degree, Employment in Planning & a minimum of 5 years of responsible professional planning experience

The PSB is dealing with the Planning Certification Process Canada wide & would copy us (PIBC - Membership affiliation for BC & Yukon) on your Candidate Membership eligibility email, which you will get, when they receive & confirm the eligibility of your application and we would follow up with you then. 

You always will need to be a current Candidate Member of the affiliation in the Province you are living and/or working in, while you are going through the process with the PSB. In case you would move to another Province you always would be able to be transferred into the affiliation of the other province & the PSB would be informed of the Membership Transfer, but the Certification Process itself would stay the same.

 

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