Biologist in Training

This category designates individuals who fully meet the academic requirements for membership, but do not have sufficient experience (i.e., three years) in the practice of biology.

An applicant for membership as a BIT in the ASPB must hold a four year undergraduate and/or graduate degree(s) in the biological sciences from a Canadian university, or equivalent. The Registration Committee considers a university degree is equivalent to a biology degree if it includes 25 science courses, of which 15 are in the biological sciences, and where four or more of the biological science courses at a senior level (i.e., third or fourth-year).

An applicant should arrange for university transcripts and proof of degree to be sent directly from the university to the ASPB office. For applicants who have completed post secondary education outside Canada, they must submit a third party evaluation of their academics, such as IQAS. More information is available on the FAQ for Applicants page located here.

Once a BIT has three years of experience, they may apply to become a Professional Biologist.

Accredited Post Secondary Diploma Programs

Lethbridge College: Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Ecosystem Management


Before applying under this category, please read the FAQ PAGE where more detailed education requirements along with an additional resource of a  "Quick Start Information Sheet" with screen shots of the application process is available.

Apply to become a Biologist in Training here.

Don't forget to send your official sealed transcripts to our office listed at the bottom of the website. They are required to assess your application.

Please note: The average turn around time for an application has been around 6 months. This includes receiving all documentation, to review, to a decision. You can check the status of your application on your profile at anytime.  We will contact you if information is missing from your application, or when  a decision has been made.