Ready to Apply?

Step 1 - Set up your BCIA Account

Step 2 - Once your account is authorized, you will receive an email. 

Step 3 - Sign in to your BCIA account to complete your application.

Include with your online application:       
  • Resume that includes employment history with month/year
  • Academic Worksheet (for AAg and ATAg) (Reference Approved Listings for Registration)
  • Request post-secondary Institute mails or emails official transcripts and/or ICES official evaluation, if applicable (no copies) 
  • Term Reduction Request (if applicable)
  • Practice Areas selection
  • Application and Registration Fees 
See below for other admission requirements:

Expedited Registrant Requirements

Limited Licensed Agrologist Requirements

Application Process - Step by Step

  1. Set up a BCIA account. Include your contact information, education, and information.
  2. Once your account is authorized, you will receive an email
  3. Sign in to your BCIA account to complete your application (upload resume and any other required documentation)
  4. Pay the application fee.
  5. You will receive an email once your payment has been received.
  6. You can sign in to your BCIA account to review the progress of your application.
  7. You will receive an email once all documentation (transcripts) has been received and your application has been forwarded to the registrar and credentials committee for review.
  8. You will be contacted by email once a decision has been made.

Applications will only be reviewed once all applicable documentation is received. Once an application package has been submitted to the Credentials Committee for official review and decision, it is at the discretion of the BCIA Registrar, to which additional information may be requested of the applicant to assist with the review by the Committee.

If an application becomes dormant within six months of being received due to an incomplete submission, the application will be designated as inactive, and a new application will be required.

See applicant questions and answers for additional information.

Application and Registration Fees

Application Fee: $275.00 - non refundable

  • BCIA will waive half of the application fee if a new graduate applies for registration within 180 days (6 months) after their official graduation. If applying prior to official convocation, BCIA will accept an official letter from the university stating that all program requirements have been met.

Articling Registration Fee: $540.00 

  • The articling registration fee is based on a calendar year and may be pro-rated based on the quarterly schedule.
For more information, go to the BCIA Fee Schedule

Transcripts

Mail transcripts directly by the post-secondary institution, sealed official transcripts of credential(s), and transfer credits. 

A PDF or electronic version of official transcripts provided directly by the educational institution will also be accepted; email the Deputy Registrar.
              
Applicants with Degrees Awarded Outside of Canada

  • Transcripts must be evaluated by a third party company such as International Credential Evaluation Services (ICES) in Burnaby. Note that World Evaluation Service (WES) and International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) reports are also accepted.  
  • Ask for the comprehensive assessment, as required by the BC Institute of Agrologists; this provides the breakdown of equivalent credits and determines if the educational program is comparable to an educational program in Canada/BC. At a minimum the Bachelor's degree must be evaluated if an applicant has multiple credentials.
  • When a third party report is included with the application, copies of transcripts are accepted.  

Term Reduction Request

Applicants with extensive accumulative work experience (6 to 14 years) in agrology after graduation* (not including a Master's or Ph.D. program) may request a reduction by including a cover letter with reasons to support the request for the articling term to be reduced from two years to one year.  

Include letter(s) of employment for verification. This request can only be done at the time of application. Ultimately it is at the discretion of the Credentials Committee to grant this request. All Articling Program elements must still be completed but just in a shorter time frame.

*Effective Diploma graduation 

Do you have an accumulation of 15+ years of work experience in agrology after graduation (not including a Master's or Ph.D. program)? Apply under the Expedited Admission Program

Approved Listings for Admission

AAg Application: For courses not in the "Approved Course List for Registration," please include course descriptions to assist in the official review. 

  • Stand-alone lab courses, seminar courses, and work experience courses/co-ops are not accepted; appropriate directed studies, field studies, special topics, advanced studies, and thesis courses are considered on a case-by-case basis; supporting documentation is required, such as a final paper.

ATAg Application: For diploma programs not listed in the "Approved Diploma Programs," please include course descriptions to assist in the official review. 

  • Stand-alone lab courses, seminar courses, and work experience courses/co-ops are not accepted.  

Practice Areas

A Registrant is allowed to self-declare in as many areas as the Registrant is qualified for and competent in. 

AAg applicants are required to declare their Practice Area(s) at the time of application submission. 

  • If, in the future, a Registrant wishes to change their scope(s) of practice based on new skills/knowledge learned, they may do so by declaring them during the annual fee renewal time in the Registrant's PD Reports. 

ATAg applicants are required to declare their Practice Area(s) at the time of application submission. Upon acceptance into BCIA, the Credentials Committee will ensure that the declared Practice Area(s) are in line with the Registrant's education, training, and experience

  • If the Practice Area(s) differ from the education, two letters of recommendation are required to confirm competency in that Practice Area(s). 
  • If in the future a Registrant wishes to change their scope(s) of practice, they must provide for the Registrar's consideration a reference letter from a registered professional with direct knowledge of the ATAgs or TAgs employment and experience, affirming the competency of the Registrant in the new Practice Area(s).
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