Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board


about CFAB

elements of accreditation
accredited programs
academic standards

The Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board (CFAB) was established in 1989 by the then five provincial professional foresters/forest engineers associations and the Canadian Institute of Forestry (the member agencies) with the support of the Association of University Forestry Schools of Canada (AUFSC). Professional associations in Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador have since been formed and have joined the CFAB as member agencies.

The Board accredits Canadian forestry programs at the baccalaureate level and higher as a service to its member agencies. This process ensures that accredited programs meet or exceed common educational standards acceptable for professional forester certification in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Board applies the terms, conditions and requirements of its Policy Statement and the Academic Standards agreed to by the member agencies in the undertaking of its responsibility. Accreditation applies to an individual program that leads to a forestry-related degree. The CFAB does not accredit departments, faculties or universities, nor does it review programs outside Canada. At present, ten Baccalaureate level and two Master's level forestry programs in Canada enjoy accredited status.

Accreditation of a program is achieved through an on-site visit to the university faculty by a team of forestry professionals drawn from a range of disciplines and segments of the forestry sector. The visit is undertaken with the mutual consent of the faculty housing the program to be evaluated. The faculty contributes significantly to the process through the development of extensive documentation in advance of the visit and through the making of arrangements for the site visit team to meet with university officials, faculty members, undergraduates and graduates.

The academic curriculum is thoroughly reviewed. Learning facilities, physical plant, educational environment, faculty experience and qualifications, student/graduate skills and competencies, competency assessment procedures, and program stability and support within and outside the university are all considered during the visit. The findings of the site visit team are recorded in a report which is considered and deliberated by the Board leading to an accreditation decision.

Programs may be accredited for a maximum of six years. Accreditation for shorter periods may be granted if there are shortcomings against the requirements of the Accreditation Standards in the academic program or in other aspects of the educational environment. Accreditation may be rejected if critical academic shortcomings exist.

The Board publishes an announcement of each accreditation granted. It publishes also an annual report and a listing of the university forestry programs currently accredited in Canada under this national accreditation process. The Board is a member of the Canadian Federation of Professional Foresters Associations and of the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada.