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The Registered Professional Forester (RPF) scheme is a formal registration system that offers quality assurance on people with forestry expertise. The scheme is administered by the Institute of Foresters of Australia and is available to members and non-members of IFA.
 
If you are considering becoming an RPF visit the "About RPF" and "How to apply" pages below.
 

Find a Registered Professional Forester

Registered Practising Foresters RPF - Registered Professional Foresters have had at least five years’ professional or technical experience as a practitioner, including at least two years’ relevant experience in Australia.   View all current Registered Foresters Professionals.

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About RPF

Why do we have the Registered Professional Forester Scheme? The purpose of the Registered Professional Forester scheme is to promote high standards in the professional practice of forestry. Registrants, who are known as Registered Professional Foresters and designated RPF, use broadly interpreted, demonstrated knowledge relevant to forest management. They continually update that knowledge, and...

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Become a Registered Forestry Professional

Download an RPF application form here. Information for Applicants Any Voting Member of the Institute of Foresters of Australia may apply for registration as a Registered Professional Forester. Registrants are entitled to use the designation Registered Professional Forester and the post-nominal RPF. The Registered Professional Forester scheme allows applicants to define and nominate the...

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About ACFA

The Association of Consulting Foresters of Australia (ACFA) was established in 1978 in response to the need to promote and protect the credibility and competence of Australia's consulting foresters. It now operates as a Division of the Institute of Foresters of Australia. Both the public and private sectors need access to independent, objective and non-political assessments of current and proposed...

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Become a Consulting Forester

Can I be an ACFA member and not an IFA member? No. ACFA operates as a Division of the IFA therefore agreeance to the IFA Code of Ethics and Articles of Association must be made. Can I be an ACFA member and not be RPF accredited? No. As a result of the merge between the ACFA and IFA there will be one accreditation system. The RPF scheme offers a ‘Consulting Forester’ category and the application...

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RPF Annual Return

Once becoming a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) there is an ongoing requirement to keep skills current. Each year RPFs are required to submit a return showing evidence of at least 30 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) and current Professional Indemnity insurance. Returns can be submitted by using online form. You just need to click here and fill the form on the RPF Annual...

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