Expedited PAg or TAg Admission Application

 

 

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Professionals who have the required educational requirements and relevant work experience may be eligible for immediate full status registration within the BC Institute of Agrologists (BCIA) through its Expedited Admission Program (EAP).  Professionals must have a minimum of 15 years agrology-related work experience from official bachelor graduation, not counting masters or PhD programs.

Include with your Application:    

Upon approval by the BCIA Credentials Committee applicants fulfilling these Expedited Admission Program requirements will be designated as full status registrants “in good standing” according to the Professional Governance Act and BCIA Bylaws.

Application Fee: $200.00 - non refundable

All application fees are non-refundable – whether accepted or not into the profession. The application fee offsets the administrative costs required to review all documentation towards registration to the BC Institute of Agrologists.  The fee is processed once the application is submitted online.

TAg PROMO:  Effective March 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021, BCIA will waive half ($100.00) of the TAg application fee for ALL applicants.  This is to promote the new 'tech' category in the first year of being implemented.

Annual Full Status Registration Fee:  $475.00 

The annual registration fee is based on a calendar year and may be pro-rated, based on the quarterly schedule, depending on date of registration - Fee Schedule

Approved Listings for Registration

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

TAg Application: For diploma programs not listed in the "Approved Diploma Programs" please include course descriptions to assist in the official review.  This list will be updated and added to appropriately. Note:  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.

Transcripts:

MAIL directly by the post-secondary institution, sealed official transcripts of credential(s) and transfer credits. Copies are only accepted if ICES report forms a part of the application package.  During COVID-19 a PDF or electronic version of official transcripts provided by the educational institution will be accepted - the school must email official transcripts directly to the Deputy Registrar at laurena@bcia.com.
              
Applicants with degrees granted from outside of Canada MUST have their transcripts evaluated by the International Credential Evaluation Services (ICES) – 3700 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby BC V5G 3H2.  Ph: (604) 432-8800  Toll-free: 1-866-434-9197    Website:  www.bcit.ca/ices

Ask for the comprehensive assessment, as required by the BC Institute of Agrologists.  At a minimum the Bachelor's degree must be evaluated if an applicant has multiple credentials.

Copies of transcripts will be accepted only if a comprehensive report was done by an evaluation company, ideally by ICES but WES and IQAS reports are also accepted.

Areas of Practice

PAg applicants are required to declare their area(s) of practice, up to three, at the time of an application submission.  If in the future if a registrant wishes to change their scope(s) of practice based on new skills/knowledge learned they may do so by noting them in the registrant's profile. 

TAg applicants are required to declare their area(s) of practice, up to two, at the time of an application submission. Upon acceptance into BCIA, the Registrar, Deputy Registrar and/or Credentials Committee will ensure that the declared scopes of practice are in line with the registrant’s education, training, and experience.  If the area(s) of practice differ from the education, 2 letters of recommendation are required to confirm competency in that area(s) of practice. 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 employment and experience, affirming the competency of the ATAg in the new area of practice.

APPLICATIONS will only be reviewed upon all applicable documentation has been 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 in order to assist with the review by the Committee.

Note: If an application becomes dormant WITHIN SIX MONTHS of the submission due to an incomplete submission, your application will become inactive and you must reapply.

See Applicant Questions and Answers for additional information.