The Profession of Agrology

To protect the public, the BC Institute of Agrologists regulates the profession of agrology in British Columbia, by ensuring its safe, competent and ethical practice.

Founded in 1947, the Institute is the self-governing regulator of approximate 1550 registered agologists in British Colubmia. The Professional Governance Act gives the Institute the mandate and the responsibility to license agrologists and regulate the practice of agrology in the province. Only those who are registered in the Institute and who maintain their credentials are entitled to practice agrology and use designation/title in the province.

Behind every woodland habitat, successful farm, healthy meal, sustainable ecosystem and reclaimed bionetwork, is the mindful practice of agrology. Agrology is a broad multidisciplinary field that encompasses the natural, economic and social sciences as those disciplines relate to environmental protection, aquaculture, viniculture, forestry, agriculture, and natural resource management.  

Learn more about agrology and career opportunities 

What is an Agrologist?

Agrologists are leaders in environmental protection providing business information and services based on their knowledge of resource economics. Involved in the safeguarding of food production and ecosystem sustainability Agrologists work across a spectrum of industries. Agrologists are scientists, teachers, inspectors, technicians, consultants, administrators, and managers all working to ensure the responsible sustainable use of the food production and natural resources of British Columbia. 

Agrologists are encouraged to:

  • Support activities for the advancement of the profession
  • Participate in the activities of BCIA (i.e. meetings, elections, holding office, mentoring) as their situations and opportunities allow
  • Promote the practice of agrology in personal contacts and communications
  • Participate in promotional initiatives organized by BCIA

The practice of agrology as defined by 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.