Applicant Questions & Answers

1. How long will it take for my application to be processed?

Applications are not reviewed until all documentation including transcripts (and the international report if required) 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 registrant of BCIA assist me to find employment?

By becoming a registrant of BCIA and using the appropriate title and designation, you are indicating to employers and the public that you are registered with a professional body, will adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and meet the standards of professional conduct. Many employment opportunities, especially within government, require registration with BCIA thus having designation will give you the advantage over others.

3. I have a Ph.D and Master's degree in a relevant field, 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 science-based Bachelor's degree that contains certain foundational and agrology related coursework to apply for registration.  Doctorates and Masters degrees on their own do not provide a sufficient count of agrology courses or the required foundational knowledge courses to qualify.

4. Do I need to have a mentor in place at the time of application?

If you already know a potential mentor we strongly encourage you to secure them at the time of application so that should your application be approved, you will have a mentor in place with the signed mentoring agreement ready to be submitted to head office.  Your mentor must be a registrant of BCIA in good standing.  A TAg or a PAg may mentor ATAgs but a TAg cannot mentor an AAg.  Your signed mentoring agreement is due two (2) months after you are accepted as an Articling Registrant. Articling program elements will not be recognized until the mentoring agreement is submitted. The BCIA staff or your branch Articling Coordinator can assist you with finding a mentor as needed.

5. I'm not sure if I have enough agrology courses.  Can the Deputy 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 Regulation. If needed contact Laurena Olsen, Deputy Registrar, at laurena@bcia.com to discuss your situation.

6. My new employer requires that I become a registrant of BCIA.  If I send in my official application for a preview, can you tell me immediately if I will be accepted as a registrant?

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 upon an application package being received.  Your application must be reviewed by the Credentials Committee before any official decisions are provided, which can take 6-8 weeks or sooner depending on the current work load of the committee and the complexity of the application.

7.  My courses are not on the approved course listings online.  Can I still apply?

Yes, you can still apply. The approved listings are primarily composed of course offerings by British Columbian post secondary institutions.  Other courses are considered, including those offered in other Canadian provinces and outside of Canada.  International applicants (outside of Canada) will need to have their courses evaluated by an evaluating company.  Please be aware that there may be a significant delay in assessing applications with international transcripts and degrees while being evaluated by ICES, WES or IQAS.  

8.  Can I apply for PAg or TAg job opportunities when I join BCIA?

If you have already obtained professional designation (PAg or TAg), you may apply to professional employment opportunities.   Articling registrants (AAg, ATAg) may not eligible to apply for PAg or TAg positions until after they have received their professional designation - it just depends on the conditions of employment.   The articling period is 2 years or, if applicable, the articling term is reduced to one year if 6+ years of work experience is evident (2 of these years must be in Canada).  The formal articling period is waived if qualify under the Expedited Admission Program with 15+ years of work experience.

9.  I am not employed in agrology work at the time of application.  How does this affect my Articling Program if accepted?

The newly accepted registrant is placed in the articling program yet the two year term (or one year if applicable) will not start until the BCIA is notified of the new employment, by submitting a job profile/description and start date. The articling term is extended out accordingly in order to achieve the 24 months of agrology work. All milestones of the articling program can be completed while attaining work in agrology.  Gaining experience in decision making and oversight in the field of agrology is of utmost importance and is a vital component of the articling program, in order to advance to a full status registrant.