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Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio)

Pre-assessments or Reviews

The College does not do any assessments or reviews of applications or courses prior to an application submission. All assessments are conducted upon an application being completed. Click on this link to understand the application prociess and status.

For additional details regarding registration, please see the College Credentialing Standard

If you are interested in the RPBio designation and are not sure if you meet the requirements complete the College’s Applicant Self-Assessment Tool (ASAT) for the category you are interested in. The ASAT is a tool that provides information about all the College’s registrant categories and their associated requirements.

The application and registration processes

The application and registration processes are done online through the College’s portal. It is important to keep the following in mind with regards to your application:

  • Start your application when you have completed all the requirements for an RPBio (e.g., education, work experience); and
  • Once submitted you can track your application status in real time in your profile through the College’s portal. Click on the links to understand your application status and Application Fee Payment Schedule. Please refrain from contacting College staff for an update on your application, these inquiries take time away from processing applications. Everything you need to know regarding your application’s status is in your profile.

Requirements for a RPBio application:

There are several application requirements that you need to complete as part of the RPBio application and registration process. These are:

  1. Indictable Offence Declaration. Details are found in the Indictable Offence Policy;
  2. Academics: requirements (these vary depending upon the stream of entry you are applying for; however, all streams require 25 science courses 13 of which have to be in biology)
  3. Credentials:

An approved applicant proceeds to steps 4 & 5. A declined applicant can apply for a reassessment (see below) and if approved they proceed to steps 4 & 5.

  1. Professional Ethics and Course and Exam
  2. Registration


  • RPBio applicants must have completed a post-secondary degree (i.e. Bachelor’s degree); and
  • Work experience, professional reports, scientific communication and professional practice competencies need to demonstrate how they meet the definition of the practice of applied biology as defined in The Applied Biologists Regulation;
  • For specific details regarding application and registration, please refer to the College Credentialing Standard or contact the Regulatory Officer, [email protected] or the Manager of Registrations and Compliance, [email protected].

There are 4 Streams of Entry for RPBio applicants. All streams of entry applications if approved are granted the same designation, RPBio.

Stream of Entry Academics Academic Course Descriptions No. of Yrs Applied Biology Work Exp. Professional Report & Scientific Communication^ Demonstration of the 7 Professional Practice Competencies 3 References that Support the Professional Practice Competencies
Stream 1 Post-secondary degree from a College Accredited program No 3-15 Yes Yes Yes
Stream 2 Post-secondary degree from a non-College accredited program with all the required courses as described in the Credentialing Standard Yes 3-15 Yes Yes Yes
Stream 3 Post-secondary degree Yes ≥ 15 Yes Yes Yes
Stream 4 MSc in applied biology; &or/or Yes ≥ 13 Yes Yes Yes
PhD in applied biology Yes ≥ 11 Yes Yes Yes
NWPTA Alberta Society of Professional Biology (ASPB) Professional Biologists can apply through the New West Trade Partnership Agreement (NWTPA). Click on the link above for details
RSB Royal Society of Biology Chartered Biologists can apply through a mutual agreement between the College and RSB. Click the above link for details.

as defined in the Applied Biologists Regulation + up to 7 months of applied biology volunteer work can be included as experience
^ Reports & Scientific Communication completed for undergraduate courses will not be accepted (including Honours BSc thesis)

Applicants are required to provide:

  1. Indictable Offence Declaration. Details are found in the Indictable Offence Policy.
  2. Academics:
    • Official Transcripts – the College requires official transcripts from all the academic institutions where you have completed a course and are claiming it in your application. This applies to any transfer courses as well. Once official transcripts are received by the College they are uploaded to your application.

**Please inform College staff if the name on your transcripts is different than the name on your application so we can ensure your transcripts are received and uploaded to your application. If not this will cause a delay in the processing of your application.**

Paper/hardcopy Electronic/digital transcripts Internationally educated applicants (outside Canada and the United States)*

To be mailed directly from all post-secondary institutions where you completed courses, that you are claiming in your application including the institution(s) showing credentials granted to:

College of Applied Biology
ATTN: Registrar
#210-852 Fort Street
Victoria, BC Canada V8W 1H8

Accepted only if they are:

  1. Accessed directly by the College of Applied Biology's Regulatory Officer through a secure site offered by the granting institution


  1. Emailed directly to the Regulatory Officer by the granting institution.

You must provide:

  1. A Credential evaulation directly from a recognized credentialing service such as WES, ICES, or IQAS; and
  2. A second set of official transcripts. If these are not in English, the College requires an English translation sent by a certified translator directly to the College's Regulatory Officer.

* Note: if your bachelor degree program was different (e.g., a 3 year program) than the standard North American 4 year program please provide any supplemental information from the institution which shows/demonstrates your courses meet the College’s 2nd or higher course requirements.

  • Course descriptions - A course is defined as occurring over one (1) semester, which includes at least three (3) lecture or lab hours per week.
    • Stream 2, 3 & 4 applicants must provide all course descriptions for courses they are submitting to meet the course requirements for the stream they are applying for (refer to the Credentialing Standard).
    • Guidelines for RPBio/BIT Course Assessment provides information on required courses such as, Biology, Science, Numeracy
  1. Credentials
  1. Scientific concepts and knowledge
  2. Laws, regulations, and policy
  3. Standards and practices
  4. Project and/or work product management
  1. Records/Data management
  2. Professional accountability
  3. Communications

IMPORTANT: If you have more than one designation and/or your work experience includes another profession or work such as forestry, engineering, agrology, etc. you need to clearly demonstrate the amount of time (e.g. 50%, 30% etc.) of your work/each job/position you spent practicing applied biology and explain what that involved. This information is used to assess that you meet the amount of required applied biology work experience for the stream you have applied for e.g., Stream 1, Stream 2.

Note: Up to 7 months of applied biology volunteer work can be included in the years of work experience.

  • Professional Report – Up to three reports can be submitted to meet the requirements. You upload your report(s) to your application in the portal. Report must:
    1. Be submitted in English
    2. Meet the practice of applied biology as defined in the Applied Biologists Regulation
    3. Indicate by page number(s) where in each of the report criteria is met
    4. If you are not the primary author of a report, the primary author must submit a Report Authorship Declaration identifying the areas for which you were responsible
    5. Must not have been completed for undergraduate course work (e.g., Honours BSc thesis)

Note: Report requirements/criteria are provided in the: Report Guidelines, Risk Assessment Report Guidelines and Self-Directed Report Guidelines documents

  • Scientific Communication – you must submit one example of work in which you communicated scientific concepts to a lay (non-science) audience. This can be a Powerpoint Presentation, a poster, brochure etc. for details see the Credentialing Standard. You upload your Scientific Communication(s) to your application in the portal.
  • References - are required from 3 individuals who have 1) known you for a minimum of 6 months 2) who are knowledgeable about your experience as a biologist and 3) can attest to the applicant's competencies.
    • In the portal you will send an email with a link to questions for your references to complete.
    • References are required to describe the your skills and abilities in the 7 Professional Practice Competencies.
  • Only 2 of the 3 references may be from the applicant’s current employer. For exceptions contact the Registrar ([email protected])
  • It is preferred if the references are from regulated professionals; however, this is not mandatory
  • In the portal you will send an email with a link to questions for your references to complete
  1. Professional Ethics and Conduct Course and Exam

If your application is approved, you will be required to:

  • Complete the College’s online course and exam in professional ethics within one year of approval. The cost of the course is $200. A link to the course will be emailed to you.
  1. Registration

Before you are registered, use your designation, receive your seal and are added to the College registry you must:

  • Complete the Professional Ethics and Conduct course and exam; and
  • Pay fees: seal and annual dues (these are pro-rated based upon the time in the fiscal year you are registered)

Declined applicants

If an applicant is declined, they receive a notification informing them what the deficiency(ies) in their application is. An applicant can opt to have their application reassessed if they feel the deficiency(ies) has been resolved. A reassessment can be applied for through the applicant’s profile on the College’s portal.

A reassessment provides an applicant the opportunity to provide additional information that may resolve the deficiency(ies) in your application. At this time a reassessment does not include any additional application fees as long the applicant submits the requirements (e.g., documents, etc.) to the College within the allotted timeframe stated by the College in the delinked notification. If an application is approved after a reassessment an applicant proceeds to steps 4 and 5 above.