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Join as a Pre-Candidate (Fee schedule)

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.

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

Application for Pre-Candidate [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 (request via leaving affiliation); the PSB would be informed of the Membership Transfer, but the Certification Process itself would stay the same.

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