Temporary Withdrawn Biologist
This category allows Professional Biologists to temporarily withdraw from practice (including the responsibility to fulfill Continued Competency Requirements) and pay a lower registration fee, for a period of up to two years. The two year period begins upon approval of an application to reclassify to Temporary Withdrawn. You can apply here. Applications are generally approved within three business days. Temporary Withdrawn Biologists may not use the title of Professional Biologist or P. Biol. during the time they are on Temporary Withdrawn status and must pay applicable temporary withdrawn membership fees as outlined on the Membership Fees page. Many registrants apply for this status while on parental leave or out of the work force. There is no fee to apply to Temporary Withdrawn. To reclassify during the renewal period, please review the section "What if I want to renew as Temporary Withdrawn?"
Within a period of two years from the notification, any Temporary Withdrawn Biologist in good standing will be reinstated as a P. Biol. or Associated Biologist upon approval of an application to go from Temporary Withdrawn to P. Biol or Associated Biologist. You can access the application here. Applications are generally approved within three business days. A Temporary Withdrawn Biologist who does not apply for re-classification back to P Biol within the two-year period will automatically be reclassified as an Associated Biologist. For more information on returning from Associated Biologist to Professional Biologist, please click here
What if I want to renew as Temporary Withdrawn?
Professional Biologists who desire to renew (reclassify during the renewal period) as a Temporary Withdrawn, must apply through the portal to reclassify to the Temporary Withdrawn, be approved and pay the Temporary Withdrawn renewal fees ($50 + GST.) The submission of outstanding CCP is required to reclassify. As of first of the new registration year (January 1), applications must include a declaration the stamp or the title of Professional Biologist has not been used since the registration year recently expired (December 31.) For example, on January 1, 2022, the declaration must state the stamp and title have not been used since December 31, 2021.
Applying for reclassification does not affect the application of late renewal fee (1 March) or change the cancellation date for non-payment of fees (30 April.) Approved applicants that do not pay the Temporary Withdrawn renewal fee by the deadline will also be canceled from the Roster.
DO NOT PAY THE P. BIOL. RENEWAL FEE IF YOU WISH TO RENEW IN AS TEMPORARY WITHDRAWN. Apply to reclassify per the above directions. Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
What if I am currently Temporary Withdrawn and want to renew as P Biol?
Please log in and apply to reclassify to P Biol. There is no fee to re-classify from Temporary Withdrawn and no requirement for references or transcripts. Applications are generally approved within five business days.
Applying for reclassification does not affect the application of late renewal fee (1 March) or change the cancellation date for non-payment of fees (30 April.) Approved applicants that do not pay the P. Biol. renewal fee by the deadline will also be canceled from the Roster.