Requirements for PAg and TAg Registration

Professional Agrologist (PAg) Registration Requirements: 

All provincial agrology regulators in Canada have agreed to a minimum entry-to-practice education standard for the Professional Agrologist designation. BCIA adheres to the following requirements:

A minimum of a Bachelor's level degree (with a science focus) from a recognized university in which the course work must consist of the following:

  • A minimum of 8 entry-level foundational knowledge courses typically at the 100 or 200 level, in the subject matters listed on the Academic Worksheet;
  • A minimum of 20 courses in agricultural or natural sciences or agricultural or resource economics that relate directly to agrology (as defined in the Agrologists Regulation, 2021);
  • A minimum of 8 senior-level courses (from within the  20-course requirement) in agricultural/natural sciences or agricultural/resource economics related directly to agrology (as defined in the Agrologists Regulation.   Recognized senior-level courses are the third year and higher and are offered by a recognized post-secondary institution. 

READ MORE ----> Definitions Document  and Approved Course Listings

Note: Stand-alone lab courses, seminar courses, audited courses and work experience courses/co-ops are not accepted; appropriate directed studies, field studies, special topics, advanced studies and thesis courses are considered on a case by case basis; supporting documentation is required.

Accepted applicants for this stream receive Articling Agrologist (AAg) status and must complete the Articling Program. 

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READY TO APPLY?   ARTICLING AGROLOGIST APPLICATION

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Technical Agrologist (TAg) Registration Requirements:

A minimum of a diploma, applied degree, or degree with a science focus from an accredited post-secondary institution, in which the course work must include:

  • A minimum of 12 courses in agricultural or natural sciences or agricultural or resource economics that relate directly to agrology (as defined in the Agrologists Regulation, 2021)

READ MORE ----> Approved Diploma Programs ListTAg Scope of Practice and TAg PowerPoint

When the applicant has graduated from a college diploma program that is not included in the list of approved diploma programs the application will be thoroughly reviewed by the Registrar and the Credentials Committee for courses equivalent in number and context to that of an approved diploma program as noted above.

When an applicant has graduated from an applied degree or university degree program but does not meet the entrance requirements of a PAg, they may apply as a TAg.  Accepted applicants will be subject to the restricted scope of practice of a TAg.  Accepted applicants for this stream are granted Articling Technical Agrologist (ATAg) status and must complete the Articling Program. 

Read About the Articling Program

    READY TO APPLY?  ONLINE ARTICLING TECHNICAL AGROLOGIST (ATAg) APPLICATION

    TAgs are required to declare one to two areas of practice at the time of application. Upon acceptance into BCIA, the Registrar, Deputy Registrar and/or the Credentials Committee will ensure that the declared scopes of practice are aligned with the Registrant's education, training, and experience.  If the areas of practice differ from the education, two letters of recommendation are required to confirm competency in those areas of practice. Suppose a Registrant wishes to change their scope of practice later. In that case, a reference letter from a registered professional with direct knowledge of the TAg's employment and work experience confirms the competency of the TAg in the new area of practice.