Title Use and Protection

The BCIA Bylaws and Agrologists Act (2003) both provide for title protection for members of the Institute. 

BCIA Bylaws

Rights, Obligations and Duties of Members

15.  Agrologists have full rights and privileges as Members, including the use of a seal and the title “Professional Agrologist” and the designation “P.Ag.”, “P.Ag”, or “PAg” and must annually report professional development hours in which they participated.

16.  Articling Agrologists have full rights and privileges as Members without the use of a seal but are authorized to use the title “Articling Agrologist” and the designation “A.Ag.”A.Ag” or “AAg” and must attend professional development activities during their articling terms and annually report their professional development hours.

Agrologists Act (2003)

Unauthorized use of titles

17   (1) A person must not hold himself or herself out as a member of the institute or use a name, a title, an abbreviation, a designation or a description that might reasonably lead to the conclusion that they are a member of the institute, unless they are a member in good standing of the institute.

(2) Without limiting subsection (1), a person must not use the title "agrologist" or an abbreviation of that title, either alone or in combination with any other name, title, abbreviation, designation or description, unless they are registered as:

(a)an agrologist in good standing,

(b)an articling agrologist in good standing, provided they also use the qualifier "articling", or

(c)a member in good standing of the institute of a category established under section 4 (2) (a) who is expressly authorized under a bylaw made under section 4 (2) (b) to use the title "agrologist" as part of their designation as a member of that category, provided they comply with any conditions or limitations attached to their use of that title.

Offence

33   (1)Section 5 of the Offence Act does not apply to this Act or to the bylaws.

(2)A person who contravenes section 17 commits an offence and on conviction may be liable to a fine of up to $5 000.

(3)In a prosecution under subsection (2),

(a)a certificate signed by the registrar stating that a person is or is not

(i)a member of the institute, or

(ii)a member within a particular category or subcategory,

is, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, conclusive proof that the person is or is not a member of the institute or a member within a particular category or subcategory, and

(b)it is sufficient proof of the offence to establish that a person committed a single instance of the alleged offence.

(4)If a contravention of section 17 occurs on more than one occasion, the person is liable, without notice and without a separate charge being laid, to a separate fine of up to $5 000 for each occasion on which the contravention occurs.

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