Professional Accreditation for Wildlife and Fisheries Biologists

There are a number of options available for professional accreditation. Interested students should consult the governing bodies to determine what elective courses may be needed to help them meet the requirements for professional standing in a particular organization and to learn about the various levels of accreditation.
 
The College of Applied Biology of British Columbia was established in 2003. It operates under a legal statute by an Act of the British Columbia government, the College of Applied Biology Act. It is the governing body for members of the College, including Registered Professional Biologists (RPBio) and Registered Biology Technologists. Currently, a student taking all of the courses required to complete the Wildlife and Fisheries Major at UNBC should meet the education requirements for eligibility as a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) in BC. The Wildlife and Fisheries major at UNBC currently includes the 25 science courses; 15 biology courses and a course in Chemistry, Math, Communications, Introductory Biology; and advanced courses in Systematics or Classification, Cellular Biology, Organismal Biology, Ecology, Applied Biology, and Statistics required by the College of Applied Biology.  Following graduation, students also must gain three years of progressive experience practicing applied biology and complete a professional report to apply for RPBio status.  Because an undergraduate thesis that is subsequently published can count for this professional report, students should consider exploring options to complete an Undergraduate Thesis at UNBC.  All rules defining the qualifications for membership in the College of Applied Biology can be found at: http://www.cab-bc.org/files/Schedule%203.pdf 
  
The Wildlife Society of North America administers the Certified Wildlife Biologist Program.  The Wildlife Society, founded in 1937, is an international, non-profit scientific and educational organization serving and representing wildlife professionals in all areas of wildlife conservation and resource management. Its goal is to promote excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education. Information on the Certified Wildlife Biologist Program can be found on The Wildlife Society website.
  
The American Fisheries Society (AFS) offers a Professional Certification Program, which evaluates the education and experience of fisheries professionals.  Successful applicants are awarded certification on a two-tiered system.  Applications are evaluated on an ongoing basis, and applicants do not have to be AFS members.  Certification may be used as: 1) a basis for evaluation for employment; 2) demonstration of expertise; 3) continuing professional activities; and 4) education and verification of professionalism.  Information on the Professional Certification Program can be found on the AFS website.