The following four program elements are required and form a part of the Articling Program:
- Profession of Agrology Workshop
- BCIA Ethics for Professionals Workshop
- Professional Negligence and Regulatory Offences Online Webinar
- Indigenous Foundational Knowledge Training
1. The Profession of Agrology workshop is available as a webinar and is completed in conjunction with the 'Orientation to BCIA' webinar and assessment questions, and is preferably completed at the start of the Articling Program. The workshop may be hosted by a BCIA branch as a 2 to 3 hour workshop with articling members doing a very short introduction of themselves (the official articling intro as part of the Articling Program is done at a branch AGM ). This in-person version of the workshop provides networking and an introduction to other registrants of the local branch.
The Profession of Agrology workshop consists of the following topics:
- What is "Professionalism"?
- The history of BCIA
- The Professional Governance Act and Bylaws
- Code of Ethics
- Scope of Agrology
- The role of BCIA Registrants in decision making
- Continuing professional development requirements
- An overview of other resource professions and their governance
*Claim 1.5 PD hours + 1 PD Hour (webinars) or 2.5 PD hours (in-person workshop) appropriately under 'Declarations' in your PD Report.
2. The BCIA Ethics for Professionals workshop is a 2 part online course hosted by the BCIA head office with an in-person version held in conjunction with the BCIA Conference and AGM. Using case studies and examples, this course takes a look at professionalism, the code of ethics, and responsibilities of professional Agrologists. The Professional Governance Act and the BCIA Bylaws and Duty to Report will also be reviewed.
The BCIA Ethics for Professionals workshop consists of the following topics:
- Background and context of Ethics
- Responsibility to the public
- Responsibility to the client or employer
- Responsibility as an expert witness
- Responsibility to the profession
- Due diligence
- Applying your knowledge
*Claim 8 PD hours appropriately under 'Declarations' within your 'PD Report' behind the BCIA log-in.
*For PAgs/TAgs who have taken the BCIA Ethics Workshop previously and would like to take it as a refresher course, there is a $40 charge to attend the self paced online BCIA Refresher course.Claim 4 PD hours appropriately under 'Declarations' within your 'PD Report' behind the BCIA log-in.
3. Professional Negligence and Regulatory Offences is an online webinar. The webinar, developed by Angela Westmacott, QC is available under 'Registrant Resources' (behind the BCIA log-in) This course is non mandatory for others to use as professional development.
*Claim 1.5 PD hours appropriately under 'Declarations' in your 'PD Report' behind the member log-in.
4. Indigenous Foundational Knowledge Training is required by the Professional Governance Act (PGA). Programs to encourage reconciliation with Indigenous people is mandatory effective January 1, 2021 with all new articling registrants required to complete a foundational knowledge course respecting Indigenous peoples (including the foundational content as outlined by BCIA) as part of their Articling Program. All registrants, other than articling registrants are required to complete a similar course by December 31, 2022. BCIA will organize and manage select foundational Indigenous training courses throughout 2020 and 2021. BCIA will retroactively accept certain courses taken since January 1, 2019, as meeting this requirement. Criteria can be found here: Indigenous Foundational Knowledge Training Criteria
*Claim appropriately under 'Declarations' within your 'PD Report' behind the BCIA log-in.