California Occupational License

License Title:
    Foresters, Registered Professional
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Licensing Agency:
     Board of Forestry and Fire Protection
     Professional Foresters Registration

Licensing Agency Contact Information:
     Address: P.O. Box 944246
Sacramento,  CA  94244 - 2460

     Phone Number: (916) 653-8031
     E-mail Address:
     Internet Address:

License Requirements, Fees, and Examination Information:
Required by persons practicing as professional foresters for state agencies, private industry, and consulting firms. License not necessary for persons working for the federal government on federal lands.

Fees: Application: $200; License: $190 for two years, prorated if less than two years on initial licensing; Renewal: $190 for two years.

Examination Frequency: April and October of each year.

Exam Locations: Exams given in Eureka/Arcata, Redding, Riverside, Sacramento, Santa Rosa.

Experience Requirement: Seven years of experience in forestry work, at least three years of which shall have been in charge of forestry work or forestry work under the direct supervision of a person registered or qualified for registration under provisions of the Public Resources Code:

a). A Bachelor of Science degree in a forestry major is equivalent to four years of experience.

b). A Bachelor's degree in a related major combined with a Master of Forestry degree is equivalent to four years' work experience.

c). A Bachelor of Forestry degree combined with a Master of Forestry degree is equivalent to 5 years' work experience. The Master of Forestry counts as one year of the required three years to be in charge of forestry work or working under the supervision of a qualified forester.

Average Time to Process Application: Approximately 3 months.

Renewal Period: Biannually, May 15 - June 30: Odd numbered licenses renew in odd years, even numbered licenses renew in even years.

Authority: California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Division 1.5, Chapter 10, Article 14; Public Resources Code, Sections 750-783.
Occupations To Which This License Applies:
Occupation TitleSOC Code
Foresters 191032