FAQ for Existing Members

How do I go on Temporary Withdrawn Status?

This Membership Category for Professional Biologists allows P. Biols to temporarily withdraw from the Society for a period of up to two years upon approval of an application to reclassify to Temporary Withdrawn. You can apply here. Temporary Withdrawn Biologists may not use the title of Professional Biologist or P. Biol. during the time they are on Temporary Withdrawn status and must pay applicable annual temporary withdrawn membership fees ($50). Members on Temporary Withdrawn are not required to complete their continuing competency during this time. Many members apply for this status while on parental leave or are out of the work force. You may return to P. Biol. status at any time upon approval of an application to reclassify to P. Biol. You can apply here. You will be required to pay the P. Biol. fees, less what you have already paid. At the end of two years, temporary withdrawn members are automatically returned to P. Biol. status.

When do I pay my membership dues?

The membership year is from January to December each year. You can log on to the ASPB website starting January 1 to pay your dues. It is important to note that late fees are added starting February 28.  You have until April 30th to pay your membership fees or you will be removed from the membership roster.

What happens if I do not pay my membership dues?

If you do not pay your membership dues, you will be removed from the membership register and if you wish to become a member again, you will be required to apply to ASPB as though you were a new member.

From the Professional Biologists Regulations regarding fee payment:

Payment of fee

7(1) A registered member must pay the annual fee prescribed by the bylaws to the Association Registrar or to any person authorized by the Association Registrar to accept payment of the fee.
(2) A registered member who has not renewed the member’s annual registration in accordance with the bylaws must pay the late renewal fee prescribed by the bylaws to the Association Registrar or to any person authorized by the Association Registrar to accept payment of the fee.

Annual certificate

8(1) The Association Registrar must issue an annual certificate in accordance with the bylaws to a person
(a) whose registration is not under suspension or cancelled, and
(b) who has paid the annual fee.
(2) An annual certificate expires on the date prescribed in the bylaws.

Who has to do Continuing Competency?

Only Professional Biologists are required to track their continuing competency and submit their information each year. Tracking starts when a member becomes a Professional Biologist, and courses or work experience undertaken while a Biologist in Training does not count. The Continuing Competency Program Guidelines  download is available in the Member portal under "Member Downloads."