The British Columbia Institute of Agrologists (BCIA) protects the public by regulating the profession of agrology and ensuring safe, competent and ethical agrology practices in British Columbia (BC).
Founded in 1947, the BCIA is the self-governing regulator of approximately 1800 registered agrologists in BC.
The Professional Governance Act gives BCIA the mandate and the responsibility to license agrologists and regulate the practice of agrology in the province. Only those who are registered in BCIA and who maintain their credentials are entitled to practice agrology and use their respective designation and or title in BC.
Agrology is a broad multidisciplinary field that encompasses the natural, economic and social sciences, as related to environmental protection, horticulture, aquaculture, viticulture, rangelands, silviculture, agri-tech, natural resource management and other related areas.
What is a Professional Agrologist?
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 and ecosystem sustainability. Agrologists are in many roles, e.g. scientists, educators, inspectors, technicians, consultants, and managers working to ensure the responsible and sustainable use of the natural resources of British Columbia.
Professional Agrologists are:
- regulated by Professional Governance Act and the related Schedule - Agrologists Regulation legislation;
- sworn to a Code of Ethics;
- mandated to protect the public's interest in natural and sustainable resources;
- committed to continuing professional development;
- held to stringent professional standards of competency, ethics and duty.
Each Professional Agrologist is encouraged to:
- support activities for the advancement of the profession;
- participate in the activities of BCIA, i.e. meetings, elections, serving on Council or Committees, and mentor;
- promote the practice of agrology to their network of contacts;
- participate in promotional and professional development initiatives as organized by BCIA.
The Practice of Agrology as Defined by the Professional Governance Act > Schedule 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.