Founded in 1947, the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists (BCIA) is the sole self-governing regulator of registered agrologists in British Columbia. Through the application of stringent accreditation, mandatory professional development, and professional 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.
BCIA is legislated under the Professional Governance Act (PGA), which gives BCIA its mandate and the responsibility of licensing professional agrologists and regulating the practice of agrology in the province. BCIA and the PGA protect the public from fraudulent recommendations by those not qualified or not registered to practice agrology within BC. All professional agrologists swear an oath at graduation or upon joining BCIA to uphold a stringent Code of Ethics and standards of practice.
Agrology is a reserved 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.
Through effective professional self-regulation, BCIA and its Registrants shall be consistently regarded by the people of British Columbia as upholding and protecting the public interest.
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 sustainable use of resources.
Strategic Plan: Building and Maintaining a Strong BC Institute of Agrologists
The BCIA Council (Council) exists to implement the mission and mandate of the organization. The Strategic Plan guides the actions of the Council to meet its statutory role. Activities include Governance, Investigation, Audit and Practice Review, Credentials, Executive, and Nomination.
The Council promotes the following areas to meet BCIA's mission and ensure the integrity, objectivity, and expertise of its Registrants:
- Strengthens committees to direct activities that are necessary to ensure compliance with Council's statutory role and to support BCIA's mission;
- Maintains standards of conduct;
- Provides a certification process that includes educational standards and professional development;
- Applies and promotes scientific principles;
- Communicates with the Registrants, districts, and Branches;
- Facilitates informed discussion and decision-making; and
- Promotes the agrology profession and liaises with other related associations.
BCIA Strategic Plan 2019-2023 - diagram BCIA Strategic Plan 2019-2023 - 3 pages
The Strategic Plan is a part of the Governance Manual, Section 11.