The British Columbia Institute of Agrologists (BCIA) is committed to Professional Development and Standards to assist members in maintaining 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 (PD). Professional Development Reporting allows members to record activities under the categories of:
- Professional Practice
- Continuing Education
- Professional Contributions
- Professional Service
There are currently 38 recognized Areas of Practice listed by BCIA of which members must declare annually up to three area(s) along with reporting their PD activities.
The Professional Development Report within the Members Only section of the website allows members to record activities as they occur or to submit annually just prior to payment of dues. The PD report will also form the basis for the BCIA PD Audit program.
The Professional Development Reporting Guidelines (with case study examples) provides members with more detailed information on how to report Professional Development (PD) and the minimum of Professional Development Hours (PDH) to be reported plus equivalents. The minimum to report is 30 hours of PDH per year, and a requirement of 125 hours over a three-year period ending with the last reporting year.
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 (PD Reports) within the members' profile. Declaring the area(s) of practice is also required at time of renewal.
Please check the Events Calendar regularly for Professional Development Events within your local branch area and around the province