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Join as a Pre-Candidate

Becoming a Pre-Candidate with the PIBC 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) & 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.

Pre-Candidate membership does not include equivalent joint membership with the CIP. Individuals interested in similar non-corporate membership with CIP should mark their interest on the application form or contact our office for more information.

 

A) 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.

 

The following membership application form should only be used by eligible applicants who wish to become a Pre-Candidate:

Application for Pre-Candidate [PDF] 
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