Specific criteria for forester registration are provided by law and rules & regulations by the State Board of Registration for Foresters. Foresters must have a B.S. or higher degree from an accredited forestry school (SAF), pass a Board administered examination and certify that they have no conflicts with the legal or ethical requirements of the Forester Registration Law.
An application for registration is found on the Board website. An examination is required of all applicants unless it is by reciprocity. Once the application has been approved examinations are given at MS State University (Starkville, MS Campus only) in January and April of each year or at the Jackson office once a date and time are scheduled by applicant and proctor.
Registrations are done on the 1st and 15th of each month once all criteria has been met. To remain registered, a practicing forester must, on a continuing basis, fulfill education requirements to stay current with forest management policies, procedures, and innovations. A forester’s registration must be renewed every two (2) years (odd numbered years) to maintain a legal license to practice forestry in Mississippi. Foresters are responsible in keeping their own documentation as proof of their continuing education for each renewal period as well as keeping the Board office informed of any contact changes (email, mailing, phone).