Definition of Agrology --------> now termed Regulated Practice
Effective February 5, 2021 the definition of agrology is now prescribed as the "Regulated Practice" of the profession and is intended to generally outline the activities which agrologists are allowed to practice within British Columbia. The definition of the regulated practice of agrology under the Professional Governance Act as a Schedule, is outlined in the Agrologists Regulation. The format of this new definition is very similar to the previous definition of agrology but there are significant differences that may appear at first to be subtle.
Regarding the definition of agrology within the Agrologists Act and the new definition in the Professional Governance Act - Agrologists Regulation, there have been significant changes and they are bolded in the new definition below:
Advice or services that are based on agricultural or natural sciences or agricultural or resource economics, and 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;
or that supports that advice or services. The practice of agrology does not include the provision of advice or services within the reserved practice of a registrant of another regulatory body.
The Agrologists Regulation maintains exclusive use of title for registrants in good standing with the BC Institute of Agrologists. These include:
- Professional Agrologist (PAg)
- Articling Agrologist (AAg)
- Technical Agrologist (TAg)
- Articling Technical Agrologist (ATAg)
PAgs and TAgs have full rights and privileges as Registrants, including the use of a seal and the titles “Professional Agrologist” or “Technical Agrologist” and the respective designations “PAg” or “TAg”.
AAgs and ATAgs have full rights and privileges as Registrants without the use of a seal but are authorized to use the titles “Articling Agrologist” or “Articling Technical Agrologist” and the respective designations of “AAg” or “ATAg” and must attend professional development activities specified by the BCIA during their articling terms.
No individual may present themselves with any of these titles without being in contravention of the Professional Governance Act.
The Agrologists Regulation does not, in and of itself, provide practice rights to our profession. Rather it is the foundation upon which we can build a definition of what is called under the PGA "Reserved Practice’. The development of this concept over the next few years will clarify the activities which are exclusively reserved for agrologists and those activities that enjoy joint jurisdiction with other professions. We have consistently maintained that, to achieve the primary objective of the PGA of protecting the public interest, all agrology professionals must be qualified, competent and accountable through regulated practice. The BC Institute of Agrologists will continue to work with the Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance (OSPG) to secure reserved practice into regulation. Over the next few months, we will be engaging in a final round of consultations while developing regulatory language to achieve that goal. As well, we will be working with our regulatory partners to help clarify reserved practice for the professions and mechanisms to resolve uncertainties between practices.
Upon the enactment of the Professional Governance Act, Council approved new BCIA Bylaws which incorporates any necessary changes and additions required by the PGA.