FAQ for Existing Members

How do I go on Temporary Withdrawn Status?

This Membership Category for Professional Biologists allows a P. Biol. to temporarily withdraw from practice for a period of up to two years upon approval of an application to reclassify to Temporary Withdrawn. You can apply here.There is no fee to apply to re-classify to or from Temporary Withdrawn. Temporary Withdrawn Biologists may not use the title of Professional Biologist or P. Biol. during the time they hold Temporary Withdrawn status and must pay the annual temporary withdrawn membership fee ($50). Members on Temporary Withdrawn are not required to complete their continuing competency during this time.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 At the end of two years, temporary withdrawn members who do not reclassify to P. Biol. status will be reclassified to Associated Biologist.

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 renewal registration fees?

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.

Membership Fee Renewal Process

The membership year is from January 1 to December 31. You must renew your fees starting January 1 in order to be considered a member in good standing. Late fees of $25 are added March 2. If you do not pay by April 30, the ASPB will remove your name from the register of members, and you are no longer a member of ASPB. It may be possible for you to reinstate your registration or you may be required to reapply to ASPB under current requirements. If you are eligible for reinstatement, it will be indicated in your user portal.

Professional Biologists who desire to renew as a Temporary Withdrawn or Associated Biologist, must apply through the portal to reclassify to the Temporary Withdrawn or Associated Biologist category, be approved and pay the Temporary Withdrawn or Associated Biologist renewal fees. Applications submitted after 31 December must include a declaration the P Biol has not used their stamp or the title of Professional Biologist in since 31 December of calendar year that just expired. For example, on January 1, 2021, the declaration must state the stamp and title have not been used since 31 December 2020.

Applications to Temporary Withdrawn or Associated Biologists without the confirmation CANNOT be processed and applicants that do not supply the confirmation nor pay the P Biol renewal fees will be canceled from the roster if the renewal fees are not paid by the deadline.Approved applicants that do not pay the Temporary Withdrawn or Associated Biologist renewal fees by the deadline will also be canceled from the Roster.

DO NOT PAY  P. BIOL. RENEWAL FEES IF YOU WISH TO RENEW AS TEMPORARY WITHDRAWN OR ASSOCIATED BIOLOGIST. Apply to reclassify per the above directions. Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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.