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Certified (Registered Professional Planner) Membership

Individuals who are not already Candidate Members in good standing of the Institute may not apply directly for Certified Membership. For more information about applying for Candidate Membership, click here

Review the Roadmap to RPP  which outlines the certification process.

Only current Certified Members in good standing with PIBC are entitled to use the professional designations and or titles 'Registered Professional Planner' or 'RPP' and 'MCIP' after their name. Certified Membership includes equivalent joint membership with CIP, which is mandatory for this PIBC membership category.

A Certified Member and 'Registered Professional Planner' is a qualified professional individual who has achieved or completed the following:

  • Has previously applied for and been admitted as a Candidate Member of the Institute.
  • Has a university degree from a Planning school/program which is formally accredited by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) & Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC).
  • Has attained and documented at least two years of practical work experience in planning.
  • Has completed and documented a minimum of one year of professional mentorship.
  • Has successfully completed a course in ethics & professionalism.
  • Has successfully completed a professional examination.
  • Agrees to abide by the Institute’s bylaws & Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct.
  • Maintains her/his skills, knowledge, and abilities in accordance with the Institute’s required Continuous Professional Learning system.

OR who:

  • Has previously applied for and been admitted as a Candidate Member of the Institute.
  • Has a university degree from any other school/program which is not accredited by CIP & PIBC.
  • Has had their combined education and experience assessed through a Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) process, and been deemed to have met a majority of the appropriate professional competencies.
  • Has attained and documented at least six years of practical work experience in planning (at least five prior to admission as a Candidate Member of the Institute).
  • Has completed and documented a minimum of one year of professional mentorship.
  • Has successfully completed a course in ethics & professionalism.
  • Has successfully completed a professional examination.
  • Agrees to abide by the Institute’s bylaws and Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct.
  • Maintains her/his skills, knowledge, and abilities in accordance with the Institute’s required Continuous Professional Learning system.

 

The MCIP designation is connected to your paid CIP membership and the RPP designation is connected to the main affiliation you pay your membership to as active Certified Member in good standing.

If someone becomes a new Certified Member (date as of it is officially confirmed by the PIBC Board of Directors) or you are an active paid Certified member with PIBC you have the permission to use the designation RPP, MCIP in BC & the Yukon. It was first shown as MCIP, RPP, but the direction to RPP, MCIP was changed in 2019 to reflect the more importance of the affiliation Designation RPP. Please see also the article on page 32 in the following Planning West issue.

PIBC has CIP Membership mandatory for most of their membership categories and you pay it with your annual PIBC Renewal Fee. Please find more info about this & the designation use here: https://www.pibc.bc.ca/fee-schedule.

if you resign your membership you won’t be able to use either RPP or MCIP any longer, since both designations are always connected to a paid Certified Membership in good standing.

As PIBC Certified Member: You pay with your annual PIBC renewal the PIBC affiliation fee + the mandatory CIP annual fee & mandatory CIP Insurance. Therefore you can use the Designation RPP in BC & Yukon due to your membership with PIBC and you can use the MCIP designation Canada-wide. 

If you want to use the RPP designation in other provinces you will need to apply there with the specific affiliation as Out of province memberhttps://cip-icu.ca/Resources/Provincial-and-Territorial-Institutes-and-Associat#.

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