Volunteer Orientation Materials

If you think you might be interested in volunteering to assist with the work of PSB and support the planning profession in Canada, or have already committed to a volunteer role, please review the orientation materials on this page.  Please note that most Affiliates award CPL credits for volunteer work with PSB and/or its Committees.

PSB has two Committees – the Professional Examinations and Education Committee (PEEC) and the Accreditation Program Committee.  Each Committee oversees a different function, and relies on volunteers for assistance.

PEEC Volunteer Roles

PEEC is looking for volunteers in four important roles.  If you volunteer to be a Mentor or Sponsor, we will list your name and contact information on our website so Candidates or potential Candidates can contact you.

  • Mentors:  to be a Mentor, you need to have been a full (certified) member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and/or an Affiliate for at least the last three consecutive years, and must be willing to help a Candidate member develop in the areas of ethics, professionalism and ‘public interest’.  To view the orientation, please click here.
  • Sponsors:  like Mentors, a Sponsor needs to have been a full (certified) member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and/or an Affiliate for at least the last three consecutive years, and must be willing to verify, validate and sign off on a Candidate member’s log of responsible professional planning experience.  To view the orientation, please click here.
  • Examiners:  Examiners must be full (certified) members of the Canadian Institute of Planners and/or an Affiliate for at least the last seven consecutive years, and will ideally have had experience marking examinations at the college/university/professional level.  You should be willing to participate in marking papers from the Professional Examination, which occurs twice annually (mid-March and mid-September).  To view the orientation, please click here.
  • PLAR Assessors:  Individuals entering by the Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) route are required to submit a portfolio and a self-assessment of their experience against the competencies, and it is the role of the PLAR assessors to review those submissions and determine if the applicant meets the PLAR criteria. PLAR assessors will need to have been full (certified) members of the Canadian Institute of Planners and/or an Affiliate for at least seven (7) years. To view the orientation, please click here.

If, after viewing the orientation for any of the above roles, you have any questions or would like to pursue these volunteer opportunities with PSB, please contact Maddy Marchildon (by e-mail at executivedirector@psb-planningcanada.ca or by phone at 647-317-6924 or toll-free at 1-844-202-9002).

APC Volunteer Roles

APC is looking for volunteers in the following role.

  • Site Visit Team Members:  Site Visit Teams (SVTs) conduct intensive accreditation visits to universities who have, or wish to have, their planning degree programs accredited.  A single visit might last between two-and-a-half and four days, depending on the number of programs to be reviewed.  Travel is usually involved.  Ideally, you will either have experience with accreditation under the former ‘recognition’ system, or you are willing to learn.  SVT members must have been full (certified) members of the Canadian Institute of Planners for at least the last seven consecutive years.  To view the orientation, please click here.

If you are interested in becoming a SVT member, or have questions about the role, please contact Maddy Marchildon (by e-mail at executivedirector@psb-planningcanada.ca or by phone at 647-317-6924 or toll-free at 1-844-202-9002).

We deeply appreciate your interest in volunteering for PSB, and hope you find it a rewarding and enriching experience.