Professional Agrologist (PAg):
All provincial agrology regulators in Canada have 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;
- 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 (typically 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 with a science focus from an accredited post-secondary institution, of 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, 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 fully 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.
Where an applicant has graduated from an applied degree program or university degree program but does not meet the entrance requirements of a PAg, they may apply as a TAg. Accepted applicants will be subject to the restricted scope of practice of a TAg.
These registrants are granted Articling Technical Agrologist (ATAg) status and must complete the Articling Program.
TAgs are required to declare up to two areas of practice at the time of application. Upon acceptance into BCIA, the Registrar, Deputy Registrar and/or 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 differs from the education, two letters of recommendation are required to confirm competency in the area(s) of practice. If a registrant wishes to change their scope(s) of practice later, a reference letter from a registered professional, with direct knowledge of the TAg's employment and experience that confirms the competency of the TAg in the new area of practice.