**New Criteria for Membership effective January 1, 2018 - READ full details
Effective January 1, 2018 the new criteria for membership will be:
A Bachelors’ level degree from an accredited post secondary educational institution of which the course work must consist of the following:
- A minimum of 8 entry level foundational knowledge courses usually at the 100 or 200 level, in the subject matters listed on the new 2018 Academic Worksheet (applicants can have more than 1 entry level course in the same subject matter; cannot double count in the other two sections of the worksheet);
- At least 20 courses in natural sciences and/or agricultural and resource economics that relate directly to agrology (as defined in the Agrologists Act, 2003);
- At least 11 courses at the 300 or 400 level (these courses can be within the above noted 20 course requirement) of which 8 must be in natural sciences and/or agricultural and resource economics that relate directly to agrology (as defined in the Agrologists Act, 2003).
"agrology" means using agricultural and natural sciences and agricultural and resource economics, including collecting or analyzing data or carrying out research or assessments, to design, evaluate, advise on, direct or otherwise provide professional support to
(a) the cultivation, production, improvement, processing or marketing of aquatic or terrestrial plants or animals, or
(b) the classification, management, use, conservation, protection, restoration, reclamation or enhancement of aquatic or terrestrial ecosystems that are affected by, sustain, or have the potential to sustain the cultivation or production of aquatic or terrestrial plants or animals.
Transitional Period: The BC Institute of Agrologists will allow a 6 month transition period from the previous criteria (ending Dec 31, 2017) to the new criteria (effective Jan 1, 2018) for membership, expiring on June 30, 2018. This should accommodate those potential applicants that are currently attending a post secondary institution and have customized their 4th year coursework to the current criteria for membership. This will also allow for those that have been in discussions with staff in the last 6 months regarding the application process and how they fit into the previous membership criteria. For others it's a bonus to be evaluated under both if need be.
Previous Membership Criteria below:
The basis for membership as a Professional Agrologist is a Bachelors degree that includes:
- 15 courses in natural sciences and/or agricultural and resource economics that relate directly to agrology (as defined in the Agrologists Act, 2003 - see below excerpt)
- 11 courses at the 300 or 400 level, of which 8 must be in natural sciences and/or agricultural and resource economics that relate directly to agrology (as defined in the Agrologists Act, 2003 - see below excerpt)
- Foundational science courses per those listed on the 2017 Academic Worksheet
Articling Agrologist Program
All applicants accepted for membership will be required to take part in the Articling Agrologist Program and be employed in the practice of agrology for an equivalent of two years prior to achieving their P.Ag status. During this period they will be required to take part in a number of events and activities plus complete milestones prior to achieving their P.Ag status.
Applicants with extensive continuous work experience (6 years +) in Agrology after university graduation including 2 years within Canada may request a reduction (by a covering letter with reasons to back your request) of the Articling term from two years to one. ALSO include letter(s) of employment for verification. This request can only be done at time of application. Ultimately it is at the discretion of the credentials committee to grant this request. All activities required must still be completed. A complete review of the A.Ag program is included under the Articling Agrologist Process on this site.
Have a question? Go to the Applicant Questions menu.
Applicants with degrees from outside Canada will be required to have their credentials evaluated by:
International Credential Evaluation Services (ICES)
3700 Willingdon Ave.
Burnaby BC V5G 3H2
Phone: 1 (604) 432-8800 Toll free 1-866-434-9197 Fax: 1 (604) 435-7033
Ask for the comprehensive assessment, as required by the BC Institute of Agrologists.
**We will also accept comprehensive evaluations completed by World Education Services Canada (WES) https://www.wes.org/ca/ and International Qualifications Evaluation Services (IQAS) https://www.alberta.ca/iqas.aspx