Being a regulated registrant with a designation carries responsibility, authority and recognition. In BC, regulated agrology professionals using designation can be from the following four designations:
- An Articling Agrologist (AAg) must meet the educational requirements and be approved for registration by the Credentials Committee. Upon completing of the Articling Program, the AAg is eligible to become a PAg.
- An Articling Technologist in Agrology (ATAg) must meet the educational requirements and be approved for registration by the Credentials Committee. Upon completing the Articling Program, the ATAg is eligible to become an RTAg.
- A Professional Agrologist (PAg) has completed the Articling Program and with that has at least two years of agrology-related work experience after their first eligible degree. A PAg has the ability to use the seal and/or stamp of the Institute on their documents.
- A Registered Technologist in Agrology (RTAg) has completed the Articling Program and with that has at least two years of agrology-related work experience after their first eligible diploma, applied degree, or degree. An RTAg has the ability to use the seal and/or stamp of the Institute on their documents.
The PAg and RTAg designations are both authorized to sign off on all professional work where competent to do so. Additionally, these professional designations may command a higher wage and provide an edge when competing for jobs or clients.
RESTRICTED PRACTICE FOR TECHNOLOGISTS
Technoloigsts may practice independently (i.e. without (Articling) Agrologist supervision) with restricted scopes of practice. The restricted scope of practice allows the technologist to collect data, operate equipment, and make recommendations to other professionals; however, it prevents them from advising, interpreting, or recommending in situations where they may present a risk to the public. The functions of a technologist are more narrowly defined and typically more focused on technical parameters, guidelines, and protocols whereas the functions of an Agrologist typically are broader and have full-scale understanding of the project.