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Become a Public Subscriber (Fee schedule)

Becoming a Public Subscriber with PIBC 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, the Institute, and receive some of the Institute's services.

This includes students enrolled in any university programs which are not formally accredited by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) & PIBC. Individuals directly involved in planning are not eligible to become Public Subscribers and should seek another appropriate membership category.

The following membership application form should only be used by eligible applicants who wish to become a Public Subscriber:

Application for Public Subscriber [PDF]

PIBC Membership / Subscription Eligibility:

Please look over the PSC Planning Scope Guide to clarify, what is considered a job position in Planning in Canada.

PIBC: Membership related Inquiries

PSB: PSB Applications & PSB Certification process related Inquiries

If you are not employed in Planning:

Pre-Candidate Membership: 

Public Subscriber:

If you are employed in Planning:

Pre-Candidate Membership: 

Candidate Membership: 

Please find the PIBC webinar with the PSB Certification process info here.

Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) Route if:

Accredited Degree Route if:

The Professional Standards Board (PSB) manages the Planning Certification Process Canada-wide. Once your application is processed and your eligibility is confirmed, the PSB will copy the appropriate local affiliation (PIBC - for BC & Yukon candidates) on your Candidate Membership eligibility email, who would then follow up with you.  

You must 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 move to another Province, you must 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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