Agrology is a regulated profession in British Columbia. The British Columbia Institute of Agrologists (BCIA) is the self-governing regulator of registered agrologists in British Columbia. By applying stringent accreditation procedures, mandatory professional development, and 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) as the regulatory body for agrology in British Columbia. The Agrologists Regulation is associated with the PGA and provides the definition of agrology. By an Order in Council dated September 13, 2021, the government of BC granted reserved practice rights to the profession of agrology within the province. Those rights, which become enforceable on September 1, 2022, ensure that certain agrology services can only be provided by Registrants of BCIA or by a Registrant of other professions that have reached an agreement with BCIA with respect to overlapping jurisdiction. Please refer to the Order in Council (above) for the exact wording respecting the new practice rights.
As of September 1, 2022, only those individuals registered with BCIA will be able to dispense agrology advice in British Columbia. Any individual or firm practising agrology and not registered with BCIA may be prosecuted in British Columbia for unauthorized practice. The sole exemption is a farmer practising agrology upon their own land (this includes leased land).
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 professional, ethical and sustainable use of British Columbia's environmental and natural 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 2018-2023 and Council
The Council exists to implement the mission and mandate of the organization, in accordance with the Strategic Plan. Council guides the organization and ensures the integrity, objectivity and expertise of its Registrants by:
- empowering BCIA's committees;
- maintaining professional standards of conduct;
- adhering to a certification process that includes educational standards and professional development;
- application and promotion of scientific principles;
- cmmunication with Registrants, districts and branches;
- facilitatation of informed discussion and decision-making;
- promotion of the agrology profession; and
- cooperation with other regulators and agrology-related associations.