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. Agrologists swear an oath to uphold a strict 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 Institute. The Strategic Plan guides the actions of Council to meet its statutory role. Activities necessary to ensure compliance and support the Institute’s mission include Governance, Investigations, Audit and Practice Review, Credentials, Executive, and Nominations.
Council promotes the following areas of interest to help meet the Institute’s mission and ensure the integrity, objectivity and expertise of its members:
- 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; and
- Promoting the profession and liaising with other related associations.