The Profession of Agrology

The Professional Governance Act and the associated "Agrologists Regulation" legislate the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists to regulate the agrology profession in British Columbia.  BCIA is the self-governing regulator of agrology in British Columbia. 

As of September 1, 2022 only those individuals registered with BCIA will be able to dispense agrology advice in British Columbia. Any individual or firm practicing agrology and not registered with BCIA may be prosecuted in British Columbia for unauthorized practice. The sole exemption is a farmer practicing agrology upon their own land (this includes leased land).

See the President's Special Report on Reserved Practice

Learn more about agrology and career opportunities 

Who are Agrologists?

Agrologists are leaders in environmental protection that provide business information and services based on their knowledge of resource economics.  Agrologists work across a spectrum of industries, including food production, agri-tech and ecosystem sustainability. Agrologists are in many vital roles, e.g. scientists, educators, inspectors, technicians, consultants, and managers. 

Agrologists are: 

The Definition of Agrology (from the Professional Governance Act, Agrologists Regulation):

(a) Advice or services that

i. Are based on agricultural or natural sciences or agricultural or resource economics, and

ii. Relate to

(A) Cultivation, production, improvement, processing, marketing or management of aquatic or terrestrial plants or animals,

(B) Classification, management, use, conservation, protection or enhancements of aquatic, terrestrial or atmospheric ecosystems that are affected by, sustain or have the potential to sustain the cultivation or production of aquatic or terrestrial plants or animals, or

(C) Restoration, reclamation or remediation of aquatic, terrestrial or atmospheric ecosystems;

(b) Advice or services that are ancillary to those described in paragraph (a).

The practice of agrology does not include the provision of advice or services within the reserved practice of a registrant of another regulatory body.