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 the Institute its mandate, and the responsibility of licensing professional agrologists and to regulate 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 to uphold a strict code of ethics and standards of practice upon registration with BCIA.
Through effective professional self-regulation, BCIA and its registrants shall be consistently regarded as upholding and protecting the public interest.
To ensure the professional integrity and competency of its registrants to protect the public interest in the sustainable use of resources.
The purpose of the Institute is:
1. to uphold and protect the public interest by
- preserving and protecting the scientific methods and principles that are the foundation of the agricultural and natural sciences;
- upholding the principles of stewardship that are the foundation of agrology, and;
- ensuring the integrity, objectivity and expertise of its registrants, and;
2. subject to paragraph (1.),
- to govern its registrants in accordance with the Act and the Bylaws, and;
- to cooperate with other professional or occupational bodies charged with governing the conduct or competence of their registrants on a matter the Institute considers relevant to agrology.
Building and Maintaining a Strong BC Institute of Agrologists (BCIA)
The Council exists to implement the mission and mandate of the Institute. The Strategic Plan guides the actions of Council to meet its statutory role. Standing committees that ensure compliance and support the Institute’s mandate include Governance, Investigation, Audit and Practice Review, Credentials, Executive and Nomination. Council is promoting the following areas of interest to help meet the Institute’s mission and ensure the integrity, objectivity and expertise of its registrants:
- Strengthening committees to direct activities that are necessary to ensure compliance of Council’s statutory role and to support the Institute’s mission;
- Maintaining standards of conduct;
- Providing a certification process that includes educational standards and professional development;
- Applying and promoting scientific principles;
- Communicating with the registrants and Districts (Branches);
- Facilitating informed discussion and decision-making;
- Promoting the profession and liaising with other related associations.