Professional Associations and Memberships

Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC)

The Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC) is the professional association of planners in British Columbia and the Yukon and has been dedicated to the advancement of the planning profession for more than 60 years. PIBC is the westernmost affiliate of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) – the national association. The Institute was incorporated in 1958 under the Society Act of British Columbia with just eight founding members. There are currently close to 1,600 members.

Join as a student member!

Post-secondary planning students who are currently enrolled full-time in a university planning school/program which is formally accredited by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) & PIBC wishing to apply for Student Membership should click the link below to apply for Student Membership.

Student Membership

Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP)

The Canadian Institute of Planners works on behalf of over 7,500 planning professionals and has served as the voice of Canada’s planning community since 1919.

CIP advocates for planners nationally and internationally and provides membership services that help planners advance in their careers. The Institute is a member-based organization with its management complemented by volunteers, who support and contribute to our activities on various levels.

Registered Professional Planner (RPP)

An RPP is a professional practicing planner who has met all the membership requirements for education and responsible professional planning experience.  

There are five steps to becoming a RPP after you have completed an accredited planning program (i.e., Bachelor of Environment (Planning) or Master of Resource Management (Planning)).

  1. Candidate Membership
  2. Mentorship
  3. Logging Work Experience
  4. Ethics & Professionalism Course
  5. The Professional Examination

See the CIP’s Roadmap to RPP for more information.