|Board Phone:||(803) 896-4800|
|Board Staff:||Meredith Buttler|
|Advice Counsel:  ||Hardwick Stuart   **|
|Directions:||110 Centerview Dr, Columbia SC|
**The Office of Advice Counsel is responsible for
providing legal advice to all Boards, Commissions
and Panels. These attorneys do not provide legal
advice to parties outside LLR.
Listed below are the instructions for applying for registration as a forester by examination. The application and other necessary forms can found on this website under Applications and Forms.
In order to be eligible for registration as a South Carolina Forester, applicants must successfully pass the Certified Forester (CF) examination administered by the Society of American Forester (SAF), have six years of experience approved by the Board OR have a Bachelor’s Degree in forestry and two-years of experience under a professional forester. When submitting an application to the Board Office, the requirements are as follows:
(1) Complete the “Application for Registration as a Forester by Examination” in its entirety. Application must include notarized signature. Incomplete applications will be returned unprocessed.
(2) Check or Money Order only in the amount of $180 ($130 two-year registration fee and $50 application fee) made payable to SC Board of Board of Registration for Foresters. Fee is non-refundable. NO CASH IS ACCEPTED. Fees are prorated for applications received after April 1st of the year prior to renewal (2016, 2018, 2020, etc). Prorated fee is $115 ($65 one-year registration fee and $50 application fee).
(3) Copy of your valid Driver’s License, State Issued photo ID or Passport
(4) Copy of your Social Security card.
(5) Criminal history background check from the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) www.sled.sc.gov. Non-residents must submit a criminal history background check from the applicant’s resident state (State Law Enforcement Agency or equivalent).
(6) SAF Exam Request Form
(7) Escrow/Trust Account Certification Affidavit (Applicable only to foresters who hold monies belonging to others).
(8) Official College/University Transcripts - Transcripts must bear the seal of the institution and the signature of the Registrar.
(9) Employment Verification form(s)
(10) Five (5) Professional/Personal Reference forms, at least three of whom must be registered foresters with personal or professional knowledge of your forestry experience.
Mail the required materials to:
South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Board of Registration for Foresters
Post Office Box 11329
Columbia, South Carolina 29211-1329
YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED UNTIL THE ENTIRE PACKET IS COMPLETED.