The BC Institute of Agrologists regulates the profession and protects the public interest in British Columbia's environment and natural resources by ensuring agrology's safe, competent, and ethical practice. BCIA is fully compliant with the Professional Governance Act and the related Schedule Agrologists Regulation, which contains the definition of agrology.
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 as of September 1, 2022. The sole exemption is a farmer practising agrology upon their land.
How Does BCIA Protect the Public Interest in the Sustainable and Ethical Use of Natural and Environmental Resources?
- Accreditation: There are stringent educational admission requirements to be accepted to BCIA. New Registrants must complete a one or two-year articling program with mentor supervision, and complete several mandatory components of the Articling Program before being granted full professional status, i.e. PAg, or TAg.
- Ethics: All Registrants complete mandatory ethics training and sign a professional oath.
- Continuing Professional Development: BCIA is committed to offering professional development opportunities for Registrants to update their professional knowledge, competencies, and skillsets.
- Random audits are conducted under the Professional Development Audit Program. Registrants who do not meet the required annual and three-year professional development minimums will be subject to further review and action.
- BCIA Bylaws.
Complaint Process: The public and Registrants may use BCIA's fair and comprehensive complaint process to address incompetent or unethical practices by registered agrology professionals or unregistered individuals or firms giving agrology advice or using an agrologist title, designation or professional seal without authorization.