Standards of Practice
Standards of Practice
These Standards of Practice apply to all Members of the Association.
The Standards of Practice shall be read in conjunction with, and interpreted in a manner that is consistent with, the Code of Ethics and the definition of professional misconduct established in Regulation 145/01.
Professional Standards of Practice are the minimum expectations for the profession. They are relevant to the application of professionally accepted methodologies and procedures in both obtaining and interpreting information in the course of practicing professional forestry. For the Ontario Professional Foresters Association the Standards of Practice are as follows:
Standard 1 - Conforming to Legislation
A member of the Association shall undertake activities in conformity to all applicable legislation and in consideration of all applicable guidelines. In order to do this, the member must maintain familiarity with the legislation, regulations, and guidelines which are applicable or relevant to the member’s practice.
Standard 2 - Understanding of Ecological Processes and Principles
A member of the Association shall demonstrate an understanding of the relevant ecological processes related to forestry practices and shall practice professional forestry consistent with ecologically sound principles.
Standard 3 - Competency
A member of the Association shall undertake only such work as he/she is competent to perform by virtue of his/her training and experience.
Standard 4 - Information Used
A member of the Association shall ensure that the type, currency and reliability of the information upon which he or she is basing professional forestry decisions, is suitable and sufficient for the intended purposes.
Standard 5 - Communication with Clients
A member of the Association shall provide the client with explicit and viable forestry options, within the standards of practice, to meet client's stated objectives.
A member shall inform the client of:
- The existence of applicable legislation and guidelines,
- The forestry related social, economic and environmental outcomes expected with a selected option,
- The likelihood of the planned activities in meeting stated objectives, and
- The most probable spatial and temporal changes in the forest resulting from planned activities.
Standard 6 - Monitoring
A member of the Association shall include future monitoring of planned activities and assessment of results in any recommended options provided to the client.