Agrology is a regulated profession in British Columbia. The British Columbia Institute of Agrologists (BCIA) is the self-governing regulator of registered agrologists in British Columbia. By applying stringent accreditation procedures, mandatory professional development, and conduct standards, including rigorous complaint and discipline procedures, BCIA and its Registrants protect the public interest in the province's agricultural, environmental and natural resource sectors.
The mission of the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists is to ensure the professional integrity and competency of its Registrants to protect the public interest in the professional, ethical and sustainable use of British Columbia's environmental and natural resources.
Duty and Responsibilities
In compliance with Section 22(1) of the PGA;
It is the general duty of a regulatory body at all times to:
(a) serve and protect the public interest with respect to the exercise of a profession, professional governance and the conduct of registrants in the registrants' regulated practice, and
(b) exercise its powers and discharge its responsibilities in the public interest.
BCIA Council and Strategic Plan 2018-2023
The Council exists to implement the mission and mandate of the organization, in accordance with the Strategic Plan. Council guides the organization and ensures the integrity, objectivity and expertise of its Registrants by:
- empowering BCIA's committees;
- maintaining professional standards of conduct;
- adhering to a certification process that includes educational standards and professional development;
- application and promotion of scientific principles;
- communication with Registrants, districts and branches;
- facilitation of informed discussion and decision-making;
- promotion of the agrology profession; and
- cooperation with other regulators and agrology-related associations.