Founded in 1947, the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists (BCIA) is the sole self-governing regulator of registered agrologists in British Columbia. Through the application of stringent accreditation, mandatory professional development and professional conduct standards, including rigorous complaint and discipline procedures, BCIA and its registrants protect the public interest in the province's agricultural, environmental and natural resource sectors.
BCIA is legislated under the Professional Governance Act (PGA) which gives BCIA its mandate, and the responsibility of licensing professional agrologists and regulating the practice of agrology in the province. BCIA and the PGA protect the public from fraudulent recommendations by those not qualified, or not registered to practice agrology within BC. All professional agrologists swear an oath at graduation or upon joining BCIA to uphold a stringent Code of Ethics and standards of practice.
Through effective professional self-regulation, BCIA and its registrants shall be consistently regarded by the people of British Columbia as upholding and protecting the public interest.
The mission of the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists is to ensure the professional integrity and competency of its registrants to protect the public interest in the sustainable use of resources.
Duty and Responsibilities
In compliance with Section 22(1) of the PGA:
It is the general duty of a regulatory body at all times to
(a) serve and protect the public interest with respect to the exercise of a profession, professional governance and the conduct of registrants in the registrants' regulated practice, and
(b) exercise its powers and discharge its responsibilities in the public interest.
Strategic Plan - Building and Maintaining a Strong BC Institute of Agrologists (BCIA)
The BCIA Council (Council) exists to implement the mission and mandate of the organization. The Strategic Plan guides the actions of the Council to meet its statutory role. Activities include Governance, Investigation, Audit and Practice Review, Credentials, Executive, and Nomination.
Council promotes the following areas to meet BCIA's mission and ensure the integrity, objectivity and expertise of its registrants:
- Strengthens committees to direct activities that are necessary to ensure compliance with Council’s statutory role and to support BCIA's mission;
- Maintains standards of conduct;
- Provides a certification process that includes educational standards and professional development;
- Applies and promotes scientific principles;
- Communicates with the registrants, districts and branches;
- Facilitates informed discussion and decision-making; and
- Promotes the agrology profession and liaises with other related associations.