Reserved Practice - effective September 1, 2022
BCIA has consistently maintained that to achieve the primary objective of the Professional Governance Act of protecting the public interest; all agrology professionals must be qualified, competent and accountable through regulated and reserved practice. The Schedule to the Professional Governance Act, the Agrologists Regulation does not, in and of itself, provide practice rights to the agrology profession. Instead, it is the foundation upon which we can define what is called under the PGA, "Reserved Practice'.
President's Special Report: Rights to Practice, September 13, 2021
President's Report on the Enactment of the Professional Governance Act, February 5, 2021
View the Definition of Agrology.
The definition of agrology is prescribed as the "Regulated Practice" of the profession and is intended to outline the activities in which agrologists are allowed to practice within British Columbia. The definition of the regulated practice of agrology under the Professional Governance Act is outlined in the associated Schedule "Agrologists Regulation." The format of this definition is very similar to the previous definition of agrology in the repealed Agrologists Act; however, there are significant differences that may appear at first to be subtle.
Regarding the definition of agrology within the Agrologists Act and the new definition in the Professional Governance Act -Schedule "Agrologists Regulation," there have been significant changes, and they are bolded in the new definition below:
Advice or services that are based on agricultural or natural sciences or agricultural or resource economics and relate to:
(A) Cultivation, production, improvement, processing, marketing or management of aquatic or terrestrial plants or animals,
(B) Classification, management, use, conservation, protection or enhancements of aquatic, terrestrial or atmospheric ecosystems that are affected by, sustain or have the potential to sustain the cultivation or production of aquatic or terrestrial plants or animals, or
(C) Restoration, reclamation or remediation of aquatic, terrestrial or atmospheric ecosystems;
or that supports that advice or services. The practice of agrology does not include the provision of advice or services within the reserved practice of a registrant of another regulatory body.
The Agrologists Regulation maintains exclusive use of the title for registrants in good standing with the BC Institute of Agrologists. These include:
- Professional Agrologist (PAg)
- Articling Agrologist (AAg)
- Technical Agrologist (TAg)
- Articling Technical Agrologist (ATAg)
PAgs and TAgs have full rights and privileges as Registrants, including the use of a seal and the titles "Professional Agrologist" or "Technical Agrologist" and the respective designations "PAg" or "TAg."
AAgs and ATAgs have full rights and privileges as Registrants without the use of a seal. Still, they are authorized to use the titles "Articling Agrologist" or "Articling Technical Agrologist," and the respective designations of "AAg" or "ATAg" and must complete professional development activities specified by the BCIA under the Articling Program during their assigned articling terms.
No individual may present themselves with any of these titles without contravention of the Professional Governance Act.
By an Order in Council dated September 13, 2021, the government of BC granted reserved practice rights to the profession of agrology within the province. Those rights, which become enforceable on September 1, 2022, ensure that certain agrology services can only be provided by Registrants of BCIA or by a Registrant of other professions that have reached an agreement with BCIA with respect to overlapping jurisdiction. Please refer to the Order in Council (above) for the exact wording respecting the new practice rights.
Upon the enactment of the Professional Governance Act, Council approved new BCIA Bylaws, which incorporates any necessary changes and additions required by the PGA. The Bylaws guide BCIA forward as the profession of agrology upholds its protection of the public interest and assists in the responsible development of British Columbia's natural resources and environmental sectors under the Professional Governance Act.