The British Columbia Institute of Agrologists is committed to continuing professional development to ensure registrants maintain current professional knowledge and skillsets for the profession.
Continuing competence will be demonstrated through recorded professional development (PD). Professional Development Reporting allows registrants to record activities under the categories of:
- Professional practice;
- Continuing education;
- Professional contributions;
- Professional service.
The Professional Development (PD) report tab within each registrant's online profile allows records of activities either as they occur, or annually immediately before payment of annual fees. The PD report tab is the primary method of record-keeping for the Professional Development Audit Program.
There are currently 38 recognized areas of practice listed by BCIA; in which registrants must declare annually up to three areas, or up to two areas for technical agrologists.
The Professional Development Guidelines (with case study examples) provide registrants with detailed information on reporting Professional Development (PD) and the minimum of Professional Development Hours (PDH) to be reported plus equivalents.
Practicing registrants, PAg, AAg, TAg, ATAg, are required to complete and accurately report an average of 42 PD hours (PDH) annually, with a minimum of 125 PDH over three years and a minimum of 30 PDH each year. "On leave" registrants are required to complete and accurately report PD hours but at a minimum of 50% of the PDH requirement, and the reduction is only during the time on leave. Registrants must also declare their areas of practice annually.
Reporting professional development is mandatory. Council has confirmed that annual fees CANNOT be processed without a complete PD Report.
When Reporting PD, registrants should be sure to document:
- topic or title or article/area of practice/relevancy to the profession
- type of activity (ie. webinar, tour, seminar)
- date of activity
- length of activity
Check the Events Calendar regularly for professional development events within BCIA and at other organizations.
Professional Development Learning Plan - use as a tool for planning future professional development.
Enforcement of Compliance with PD Requirements Document (Council approved)