Practice Guidance

Practice Guidance - Overview to Professional Practice

The purpose of this practice guidance is to provide all OPFA members with an overview of the responsibilities that they have as professionals in the practice of professional forestry. 

This guidance outlines the professional framework to which professional foresters commit themselves in the carrying out of their day-to-day activities, both in the workplace and in the community.  A responsibility of every OPFA member is to serve and protect the public interest.  While this document has been developed primarily for members, it also sends a message to the general public regarding the commitment held by professional foresters to maintain high professional standards during the practice of professional forestry.

Practice Guidance - Overview to Professional Practice summarizes the framework of the legislation and professional values within which all OPFA members operate. The components of this framework include:

  • The Professional Foresters Act, 2000
  • Regulation 145/01:  Part I  - Code of Ethics
  • Regulation 145/01:  Part II - Professional Misconduct
  • OPFA By-Laws Article 13.4 - Standards of Professional Practice
  • OPFA By-Laws Article 14 sub(1-18) - Competency Support Program
  • Practice Guidance documents

Taken together, adherence to this framework constitutes the standards of practice expected from any OPFA member in their professional practice of forestry. 

Practice Guidance:

Practice Guidance - Overview to Professional Practice -This document summarizes the framework of the legislation and professional values within which all OPFA members must operate as professionals in the practice of professional forestry.

Practice Guidance - Supervision - This document provides practice guidance to members who supervise persons in the practice of professional forestry, as described in the Professional Foresters Act, 2000, Ontario Regulation 145/01 and Association By-laws.

Practice Guidance - Scope of Practice - This document provides guidance to members and other persons regarding the scope of practice of professional forestry in Ontario as listed in the Professional Foresters Act, 2000, Ontario Regulation 145/01 and Association By-laws.

Practice Guidance - Exclusions to the Professional Foresters Act - This document provides guidance to members and non-members regarding “exclusions” and “acts not constituting professional forestry” as listed in the Professional Foresters Act, 2000, Ontario Regulation 145/01 and Association By-laws.

Practice Guidance - Competency Support - This document provides guidance to Full, Associate and Non-resident members regarding his/her obligations under the Competency Support Program as listed in Association By-laws in accordance with the Professional Foresters Act, 2000.  This document replaces the previous Competency Support Guide (Oct. 2012).

Links to Previous Guides:

Competency Support Guide (July 2010, amended 2012, revoked June 24, 2016)

Guide to Professional Practice (revoked March 20, 2015)

Scope of Practice - Interpretation  (June 5, 2002, revoked June 18, 2015)