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Membership Transfers & Status Changes

Members in certain categories who permanently relocate to another Canadian province or territory, or members who are temporarily leaving active planning practice for various reasons, may either transfer their membership or change their membership status.

Membership Transfers

Transfers of membership to other Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) affiliated planning institutes or associations across Canada for members in good standing of PIBC, in most membership categories, is relatively straightforward, ensuring easy mobility for professional planners who relocate elsewhere in Canada and eliminating the need to re-apply or re-certify. In addition, CIP members relocating abroad to certain countries may have advantages in seeking professional membership.

Membership Status Changes

Members who are temporarily leaving the planning practice for various reasons have options to change their membership status while maintaining their connection and involvement with the profession and PIBC at reduced membership fee rates.

Click on the following sections below for more information on membership transfers & status changes that may apply to you.

As a benefit of being affiliated with the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), members in certain categories who permanently relocate to another Canadian province or territory can directly transfer their membership to the appropriate CIP affiliated planning institute or association in that province/territory without having to re-apply or re-certify.

Membership Transfer Eligibility:

  • - Must be either a Certified, Fellow, Retired, Candidate or Student Member of PIBC and CIP.
  • - Must be a member in good-standing at the time of application (i.e. paid all current membership fees, current on CPL reporting requirements, no outstanding disciplinary matters, etc.).
  • - Must be permanently relocating (for the foreseeable future) elsewhere, outside of BC and the Yukon.

The following form should be used by members to apply to transfer their membership elsewhere in Canada:

Application for Membership Transfer [PDF]

For members relocating outside of Canada, you can maintain your professional membership with PIBC while outside of Canada provided you continue to stay current with your membership fees and other membership requirements. Relocating members should be aware that professional liability insurance coverage only applies to work undertaken within Canada and planning work undertaken outside of Canada is not covered.

If you wish to seek formal professional membership or planning certification within a foreign country, you cannot directly transfer your membership and you should consult with the appropriate professional planning institute or association in that location directly regarding your eligibility and requirements.

Becoming a professional member in certain foreign countries can, in some cases, be expedited for current PIBC and CIP members thanks to reciprocal agreements negotiated by CIP. These countries and their corresponding professional planning institutes or associations include:

The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) – United States of America

The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) – Australia

As a flexible membership benefit, members who temporarily leaving active planning practice for various reasons – such as maternity or paternity leave, extended medial or disability leave – may be granted temporary leave from active membership accordingly. Members on leave may not use any professional title or designation after their name during that period nor engage in any active planning practice. Leave from active membership is time-limited (typically for more than six months and no longer than two years) and is subject to the consideration and approval of PIBC Council.

Please Note: The same form below should also be used by members currently on leave to reinstate their membership status back to that of an active, practicing member.

Membership Status Change Eligibility:

  • - Must be either a Certified, Fellow, or Candidate Member of PIBC.
  • - Must be a member in-good-standing at the time of application (i.e. paid all current membership fees, current on CPL requirements, no outstanding disciplinary matters, etc.).
  • - Must be fully leaving active planning practice for an extended, temporary period of time, for a particular reason (such as maternity or paternity leave, extended medial or disability leave, etc.).
  • - Must be intending to return to active planning practice in the future.
  • - Must agree to continue to abide by the Institute’s bylaws & Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct.

PSB Candidate members - “Stopping the Clock” PSB Policy:

Candidates may apply to their PTIAs to “stop the clock” on PSB’s process as a result of life events such as maternity/paternity leave, illness, unemployment, etc. PTIAs will normally allow this only for a year at a time. If a PTIA grants this accommodation to a Candidate, they should notify PSB about it, and PSB staff should extend the completion date for the affected Candidate. Candidates who have “stopped the clock” are not permitted to work towards certification during that time.

 

Members on Leave are exempt from the requirement to report continuous professional learning activities while on such status; Certified Members are not permitted to use the "Registered Professional Planner" or "MCIP" designations (for example: email signature, Business card, current documents etc.); and, they are required to immediately apply to reinstate their active membership status as soon as they return to the planning profession. Members on Leave do continue to receive Planning West and Plan Canada magazines, retain their voting privileges in the Institute and receive member rates for conferences and events, along with other services and benefits. Such status is meant as a temporary membership status and is normally granted for a two-year period only unless individual circumstances warrant a longer period.

Members on leave are still required to pay annual membership fees but at a drastically reduced rate than active members. If they decide to opt-out of the CIP professional liability insurance coverage, the fees will decrease further for the entire year. Click here for the current fee schedule.

Required to go back to active Membership:

In the event that you return to active planning practice prior to the date you specified on your application form for On Leave status, all you need to do is send us a short email noting the exact date that you returned to active practice and we will update your membership record accordingly and inform the Board. Also, if you have not yet paid the premium for the CIP Professional Errors & Omissions insurance coverage, which is a mandatory portion of the CIP membership fees for active Candidate and Certified members, you will be invoiced for the premium upon your return to active practice.

Insurance Premium, when returned to active Membership:

Please be aware, that if the Insurance Invoice will be as outstanding unpaid amount on your member profile at the end of the year, it will be added to your Membership Fee Invoice of the upcoming year. We urge you to go online and pay the amount at your earliest convenience or to contact us and make arrangements for payment of this outstanding amount.

Coming back to active Membership between middle of November until middle of January:

Everyone, who will come back to active Membership between middle of November until middle of January, will be informed via email shortly before the start of the upcoming Membership Renewal (Renewal email from noreply@cip-icu.ca will be sent starting middle of November), that they have been reinstated to active Membership and that they will go through the online Renewal process as active and not as On-Leave Member. This email will count as confirmation, that they will be officially reinstated at the Board Meeting in January.

On-Leave status during the Membership Renewal:

As long as you are reachable via your email you would get the info, that the Renewal is due (Renewal email sent from noreply@cip-icu.ca) and you could go online and pay via Credit Card on your Member profile. In case you won’t have Internet access you can forward us your Credit Card info (Visa or MasterCard accepted - Card number, Expiry date, three digit code from the back & Name of Cardholder needed) and we can do the payment from our side at the given time or you can choose the Invoice option in the online Renewal process and send us a cheque.

Important:  When applying to change your membership status, be sure to indicate any and all changes to your contact information (e.g. email, mailing address, etc.) when submitting your form.

The following form should be used by eligible members to apply to change (or reinstate) their membership status:

Application for Leave from Active Membership & Reinstatement [PDF]

Certified members who are retired or leaving the planning practice have options to change their membership to non-corporate Retired membership while maintaining their connection and involvement with the profession and the Institute at reduced membership fee rates.

Retired Membership & Reinstatement

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.

Please Note: The same form below should also be used by current Retired members who return to planning practice, and need to reinstate their membership back to that of an active, practicing Certified member and 'Registered Professional Planner'.

Retired Membership Eligibility:

  • - Must have attained age 55 (or older).
  • - Must have a minimum of ten years professional experience as a Certified (formerly Full) member (or Fellow) of the Institute.
  • - Must be a member in-good-standing at the time of application (i.e. paid all current membership fees, current on CPL requirements, no outstanding disciplinary matters, etc.).
  • - Must be fully retired from planning practice.
  • - Must agree to continue to abide by the Institute’s bylaws.

Important:  When applying to change your membership, be sure to indicate any and all changes to your contact information (e.g. email, mailing address, etc.) when submitting your form.

The following form should be used by eligible Certified members to apply for Retired membership (or for Retired members to reinstate their Certified membership status):

Application for Retired Membership & Reinstatement [PDF]

Retired members will not be permitted to use the "RPP" designation.
 
Retired members continue to receive Planning West and Plan Canada magazines and member rates at conferences and events.  Retired members may also be eligible to reinstate their active Certified membership if they decide to return to professional practice, depending on the membership standards and processes in place when they want to reinstate.
 
Retired members are still required to pay annual membership fees but at a drastically reduced rate than active members. Retired membership does not include the insurance premium for professional errors and omissions liability coverage that active Certified members receive.  Click here for PIBC's current fee schedule.

For Retired membership, you would be exempt from the requirement to report any continuing professional learning (CPL) activities while on such status.
 

For more information on membership transfer and status changes, please contact us.

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