FAQ for New Members

Communication from the ASPB

To ensure you do not miss communication from the ASPB regarding your registration (and reclassification applications), please manage the following email addresses so they do not go to spam or get caught in your email filters: info@aspb.ab.ca, pbiol@aspb.ab.ca and registrar@aspb.ab.ca

How do I order my stamp and certificate?

Upon acceptance as a P. Biol. member you are entitled and required to receive a stamp and certificate at no charge. Certificate and stamp requests may be completed through your user portal. Once in the portal, scroll down on the left hand side and click on the item marked “Stamp Request.” 

When can I expect to receive my stamp and certificate?

We usually order stamps for our members every couple of months. Please make sure your shipping address is accurate as we ship the certificate and stamp to the shipping address indicated on the stamp and certificate request submission.Once your stamp and certification are received from the vendor, they will be shipped to you via Canada Post. You receive an email from Canada Post with the shipping information when a shipping label is created so you can track your package. The ASPB does not ship to addresses outside of Canada.

Please review the "Stamp Use Guidelines for new members" located in your user portal under "Member Downloads."

How do I correctly abbreviate my designation?

A professional biologist may use the title “Professional Biologist” and the abbreviations “P. Biol.” and “P Biol”.

Do I have to do the CCP (Continuing Competency Program)?

Only Professional Biologists must complete the CCP. If you just become a P. BIol, you start tracking your hours from the date you became a member, even in your first year. You need to submit your CCP in order to renew your dues - don't worry, you are not expected to 'earn' 35 PDH your first year! Please read through the handbook that is available in the Member portal under "Member Downloads"  for details about the program. It is up to each member to use their own judgement on where to enter their professional development in the app.

How do I pay my fees?

Login to the Member’s Portal, then click on "Pay Membership Fees" on left side menu bar. Follow the process from there. Fees must be paid within 90 days of the offer of registration, and you are not considered a member in good standing until you have paid your fees. That means you cannot use the P. Biol. or BIT designation until payment has been received.

All  members of ASPB must pay a registration fee starting when they are accepted as a member of ASPB. The registration year is from January 1 to December 31. Fees are pro-rated through the year for new members. They must pay the full fee at the next renewal period. Please review the information in the Membership Fee Renewal Process section.

Membership Fee Renewal Process

More information regarding renewals and managing your registration is available here.

The registration year is from January 1 to December 31. Renewal for the next year open in December of the current year. You must renew your fees by January 1  in order to be considered a member in good standing. For example, on December 1, 2021, renewals for the 2022 registration year will open. To be a member in good standing, registrants must pay their renewal fee by 1 January 2021. Late renewal fees are added March 1; the late renewal fee for P Biol, BIT and Temporary Withdrawn is $100 + GST . 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. Reinstatement fees can be found here.

Professional Biologists who desire to renew (reclassify during the renewal period)  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.  The submission of outstanding CCP is required to reclassify. Applications submitted after 31 December must include a declaration the stamp or the title of Professional Biologist has not been used since 31 December of calendar year that just expired. For example, on January 1, 2022, the declaration must state the stamp and title have not been used since 31 December 2021.

Applying for reclassification does not affect the application of late renewal fees (1 March) or change the cancellation date for non-payment of fees (30 April.) 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.