Importance of Registration


Main Benefit

  • Right to practice agrology and call themselves an agrologist in British Columbia.

Only individuals who are registered with the Institute can legally call themselves a Professional Agrologist or Articling Agrologist or Technical Agrologist, or Articling Technical Agrologist and/or practice agrology in British Columbia.  The provincial government passed a regulation ensuring Reserved Practice rights for agrologists, which means that as of September 1, 2022 only BCIA Registrants can work in agrology in British Columbia (BC).  

Related Benefits

  • Accreditation - Registrants are verified to comply with high standards that qualify them as competent, professional practitioners in their respective fields. 
  • Provides a Professional Designation - Registration in the Institute allows the usage of the appropriate designation PAg or AAg or TAg or ATAg.
  • Use of a Professional Seal - Ability to use the Professional “Seal of Approval” – Professional Agrologists (PAgs) and Technical Agrologists (TAgs) may use the Institute’s PAg/TAg seal on documents as an assurance of credentials.
  • Standards of Excellence and Public Responsibility - Indicates professionalism to the Public.  You are viewed as professional, just as a doctor, lawyer, or chartered accountant, and implies public trust in your ethics and competency; the Professional Oath sets the standard. 
  • Professional Development Opportunities - The Institute and Branches provides Registrants with PD opportunities and resources to continually acquire new knowledge and skills, which sustains and enhances competence.
  • Professional Interaction - Registrants have many opportunities to network with their peers through professional development opportunities and their respective business contacts. BCIA Registrants present expertise in many aspects of agriculture, environmental and natural resources, and the agri-food industry. Career opportunities exist in all levels of government, education, and research, primary production, and agri-tech. 
  • Advancing the Profession - BCIA Registrants contribute to decision-making, policy drafting and implementation, academic and corporate research, symposiums, conferences, and more.  In addition, volunteer leadership positions are available on BCIA's Council, BCIA's Branches, and committees, and working group(s).  

Registrant Services

Services and opportunities to Registrants are:

  • Monthly email updates to provide information on issues of interest to the agrologist
  • A website to access information relating to the profession, the responsibilities and conduct expected of a professional
  • BCIA hosts an annual provincial conference. The event explores issues of interest to Registrants and stakeholders in the agricultural, natural resources, and environmental sectors and offers professional development opportunities, and typically occurs in late Spring
  • A provincial AGM held virtually every spring. It is an opportunity for Registrants to receive essential updates and financial reports from Council. 
  • Listing of employment opportunities 
  • Discounts are offered from time to time on products such as Notarius (a subscription service) or access to GeoEnviroPro's library of webinars