The British Columbia Institute of Agrologists (BCIA) is committed to Professional Development and Standards to assist members to maintain professional knowledge, abilities and skills. Assurance of continuing competence through on-going professional development is critical in meeting the current and the agrologists' responsibility to society. Through lifelong learning, members remain up-to-date in their specialized areas of practice, and are informed about the current issues involving the profession of agrology.
Continuing competence will be demonstrated through recorded professional development. Professional Development Reporting allows members to record professional development under the categories of:
- Professional Practice
- Continuing Education
- Professional Contributions
- Professional Service
There are currently 38 recognized Areas of Practice listed by BCIA.
The Professional Development Report within the Members Only section of the website allows members to record activities as they occur or submit on a yearly basis prior to payment of dues. The PD report will also form the basis for the BCIA audit program.
The Professional Development Reporting Guidelines provides members with more detailed information in how to report Professional Development (PD) and the recommended minimum of Professional Development Hours (PDH) to be reported plus equivalents. Download the Professional Development Case Studies for examples.
Reporting Professional Development is mandatory. Council confirmed that membership renewals cannot be processed without the Professional Development being entered in the PD detail reporting form within the members' profile. Declaring the area of practice is also required at time of renewal.
Please check the Events Calendar regularly for Professional Development Events in your area.