To protect the public, the BC Institute of Agrologists regulates the profession of agrology in British Columbia, by ensuring its safe, competent and ethical practice.
How Does BCIA Protect the Public Interest?
Accreditation of the Registrants: There are strict educational requirements with sufficient courses in the areas of agricultural or natural sciences or agricultural or resource economics. New registrants must complete a two year Articling Program under the guidance of a mentor and fulfill specific benchmarks before achieving full status designation/title.
Ethical Behaviour of Registrants: All registrants must complete ethics training and sign a professional oath confirming they will adhere to The Code of Ethics at all times. The Code states "All registrants must exercise integrity, competence, and objectivity in their professional conduct at all times, while fulfilling their professional responsiblities as set out within the Code of Ethics."
Ongoing Professional Development of Registrants: BCIA is committed to professional standards to assist registrants in maintaining current professional knowledge, competencies, abilities and skills. Through life long learning registrants remain knowledgeable in their specialized areas of practice, and are informed about the contemporary issues involving the profession of agrology. Continuing competence is demonstrated through recorded professional development under the categories of:
- Professional Practice
- Continuing Education
- Professional Contributions
- Professional Service
Annual professional development reviews were initiated in 2009 under the PD Audit Program. Registrants who do not meet the required annual and three year reporting minimums may be referred to the CEO/Registrar for further review and action.
Governing the Registrants Through Its Bylaws: BCIA is governed by an elected Council and operates within a model that distinguishes between strategic leadership and operations/management. Council and the CEO/Registrar have distinct and complementary responsibilities in advancing the mission of BCIA. Council provides overall strategic direction for the organization and delegates authority to the CEO/Registrar in a manner that provides a broad degree of freedom to exercise creativity and judgement to achieve goals of the organization. Council ensures that BCIA's goals are clear, the parameters and approval points are established, and the evaluation criteria are mutually understood. Council also consists of up to 4 lay councillors that are appointed by the provincial government.
Complaint Process: The public has access to a fair and responsive Complaint Process to address incompetent or unethical practice by registered agrology professionals.