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. Using the standard as a guideline, 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);
- A minimum of 8 senior-level courses (from within the 20-course requirement) in agricultural or natural sciences or agricultural or resource economics that relate directly to agrology (as defined in the Agrologists Regulation). Recognized senior-level courses are considered third year and higher.
Accepted applicants are granted Articling Agrologist (AAg) status and must complete the Articling Program.
PAgs and AAgs are required to declare up to three (3) areas of practice at the time of application, and annually thereafter.
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)
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.
Accepted applicants are granted Articling Technical Agrologists (ATAg) and must complete the Articling Program.
TAgs and ATAgs are required to declare up to two (2) areas of practice at the time of application, and annually thereafter. Upon acceptance into BCIA, the Credentials Committee will ensure that the declared scopes of practice are aligned with the Registrant's education, training, and experience. If the area(s) of practice differ from the education, two letters of recommendation are required to confirm competency in those areas of practice. If a Registrant wishes to change their scope of practice at a later date, a reference letter from a registered professional with direct knowledge of the Registrant's employment and work experience is required to confirm the competency of the new area of practice.