Professional Agrologist (PAg):
All agrology Institutes in Canada agreed to a minimum entry-to-practice education standard for the Professional Agrologist designation. BCIA adheres to the following requirements:
A minimum of a Bachelor's level degree (with a science focus) from a recognized university of 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 (applicants can have more than 1 entry level course in the same subject matter; cannot double count in the other two sections of the 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, 2021);
- A minimum of 8 senior level courses (can come from within the above noted 20 course requirement) in agricultural or natural sciences or agricultural or resource economics that relate directly to agrology (as defined in the Agrologists Regulation, 2021). Only senior courses (3rd year and higher) taught by a recognized university are recognized as senior level courses.
Note: Stand alone lab courses, seminar courses, audited courses and work experience courses/co-ops are not accepted; appropriate directed studies, field studies, special topics, advanced studies and thesis courses are considered on a case by case basis; supporting documentation is required.
New registrants are granted Articling Agrologist (AAg) status and must complete the Articling Program.
Technical Agrologist (TAg):
A minimum of a diploma, applied degree or degree from an accredited post-secondary institution recognized with credit. This education must include a minimum of 60 credits that includes:
- At least 36 credits (or 12 courses based on 3 credits each) in agricultural or natural sciences or agricultural or resource economics that relate directly to agrology (as defined in the Agrologists Regulation, 2021)
Where the applicant has graduated from a college diploma program that is NOT included in the list of 'Approved Diploma Programs', the application will be reviewed in full by the Registrar and Credentials Committee for courses equivalent in number and context to that of an approved Diploma program as noted above.
Where an applicant has graduated from an applied degree program or university degree program but clearly does not meet the entrance requirements of a PAg, they may apply as an TAg. Accepted applicants will be subject to the restricted scope of practice of a TAg.
New registrants are granted Articling Technical Agrologist (ATAg) status and must complete the Articling Program.
TAgs are required to declare their area(s) of practice, up to two, at the time of application. Upon acceptance into BCIA, the Registrar, Deputy Registrar and/or Credentials Committee will ensure that the declared scopes of practice are in line with the registrant’s education, training, and experience. If the area(s) of practice differ from the education, 2 letters of recommendation are required to confirm competency in that area(s) of practice. If in the future a registrant wishes to change their scope(s) of practice they must provide for the Registrar’s consideration a reference letter from a registered professional, with direct knowledge of the TAg's employment and experience, affirming the competency of the TAg in the new area of practice.