The BC Institute of Agrologists regulates the profession of agrology and protects the public by ensuring the safe, competent and ethical practice of agrology in British Columbia. BCIA is legislated by the Professional Governance Act, and the related Schedule, the Agrologists Regulation.
How Does BCIA Protect the Public?
- Accreditation of the Registrants: There are stringent educational requirements for the course content in the areas of agricultural and natural sciences or agricultural/ resource economics. New Registrants must complete a two-year articling program under the guidance of a mentor and complete mandatory components of the Articling Program before achieving full professional status, i.e. PAg, TAg.
- Ethics of Registrants: All Registrants complete mandatory ethics training and sign a professional oath to which they must adhere during their practice.
- Continuing Professional Development of Registrants: BCIA is committed to offering professional development (PD) opportunities to assist Registrants in maintaining current professional knowledge, competencies, and skills. Random annual audits are performed under the Professional Development Audit Program. Registrants who do not meet the required annual and three-year PD reporting minimums may be referred to the CEO/Registrar for further review and action. Continuing competence is demonstrated through recorded professional development under the categories of professional practice; continuing education; professional contributions; and professional service.
- Governance by the BCIA Bylaws: BCIA is governed by an elected Council. Council provides the overarching strategic direction but delegates authority to the CEO/Registrar to achieve its goals.
Complaint Process: The public and registrants have a fair and comprehensive complaint process to address incompetent or unethical practices by registered agrology professionals and unregistered individuals dispensing agrology advice or using a title or designation without authorization.