1. How long will it take for my application to be processed?
Applications are not reviewed until all documentation including transcripts are received. Depending on the difficulty of the application, the decision from the Credentials Committee may take 6-8 weeks or less. Additional time may be required if the Credentials Committee requests further information.
2. Will becoming a member of BCIA help me find employment?
By becoming a member of BCIA and using the appropriate designation, you are indicating to employers and the public that you are registered with a professional body and meet the requirements for membership as a professional.
3. I have a Master's degree in Environmental Practice (or other program), but I do not have a Bachelor's degree. Can I still apply to BCIA?
BCIA requires that all applicants MUST have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree that contains agrology related coursework to apply for membership. Masters degrees on their own do not provide sufficient course credits or the required foundational knowledge courses to qualify.
4. Do I need to have a mentor in place at the time of application?
We highly encourage you to seek out a mentor at the time of application so once your application has been approved, granting you Articling Agrologist status, you will have a mentor in place with the signed mentoring agreement submitted to head office. Your mentor needs to be a member of BCIA with P.Ag. or P.Ag.(Retired) status. The BCIA staff or your branch A.Ag. coordinator can assist you with finding a mentor if necessary.
5. I'm not sure if I have enough agrology courses? Can the Registrar review my transcripts before I apply?
Unfortunately BCIA does not have the resources to preview all potential applications. Use the Academic Worksheet as a tool to assist you when referencing the definition of Agrology according to the Agrologists Act. If needed contact the Deputy Registrar, Laurena Olsen with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
6. My new employer requires that I become a member of BCIA. If I send in my official application for a preview, can you tell me immediately if I will be accepted as a member?
Once you have submitted a completed application package with payment, the Registrar can provide a letter to your employer stating that you have applied to BCIA. BCIA staff cannot provide you with a guarantee that you will be accepted based on just an application package received. Your application must be reviewed by both the Registrar and the Credentials Committee before any official decisions are provided of which an take 6-8 weeks or sooner depending on the work load of the committee and the complexity of the application.