Registrant Status and Obligations

Registrants in good standing, with the exception of student members and honorary agrologists, shall be eligible to vote at elections or on motions at an AGM and to hold office in the institute.

In addition to the requirements of the Act and Bylaws, registrants shall be subject to the Professional Development Guidelines and policies set by the Audit and Practice Review Committee and approved by Council. 

Professional Agrologist (PAg) or Technical Agrologist (TAg) Status

Professional Agrologists and Technical Agrologists have full rights and privileges as Registrants, including the use of a seal and the titles “Professional Agrologist” or “Technical Agrolgist” and the respective designations “PAg” or “TAg” and must report professional development hours annually at the required minimum amount of 30 PD hours per year, and 125 PD hours over a three-year reporting period ending with the reporting year.

Articling Agrologist (AAg) or Articling Technical Agrologists (ATAg) Status

Articling Agrologists and Articling Technical Agrologists have full rights and privileges as Registrants without the use of a seal but are authorized to use the titles “Articling Agrologist” or “Articling Technical Agrologist” and the respective designations of “AAg” or “ATAg” and must attend professional development activities specified by the Institute during their articling terms, plus report professional development hours annually at the required minimum amount of 30 PD hours per year, and 125 PD hours over a three-year reporting period ending with the reporting year. If registration is changed to an on leave category the articling term is put on hold and the articling registrant will be required to extend their Articling Program accordingly in order to reach the equivalent of 24 months (or 12 months if applicable) of working full time in the field of agrology.  The articling registrant is welcome to attend events as part of the Articling Program while on leave and continue to engage with their mentor.

Professional Agrologist (Retired) Status

Retired agrologists have the right to vote and to hold office, receive information circulated to the active Registrants of BCIA and to attend BCIA events and may use the title “Professional Agrologist (Retired)” and the designation “PAg (Ret)”, but cannot practice agrology or use their respective seal. The PAg(Ret) status is for those registrants that have 'retired' from their work in agrology (so no longer practicing agrology of any kind, paid or volunteer) but they still want to hold registration though to stay active in the organization.  Retired registrants must provide a declaration of non-practicing status each year on renewal of registration.  Annual professional development reporting is not required.  PAg(Ret) registrants can return to PAg status at any time by paying full status fees for the year (may be pro-rated) and submitting the Return to Practicing Status Form.  In addition a PD work plan is required by completing a form as provided by BCIA.

Non-Practicing Status - Parental Leave / Educational Leave/ Medical Leave / Agrologist On Leave

Non-Practicing registrants have the right to receive information circulated to the active registrants of BCIA and to attend BCIA events but cannot practice agrology, use their seal (if applicable), nor use their professional title or designations, but must continue to report professional development hours annually and pay a reduced annual fee. Registrants who are temporarily on leave for parental, education, medical or other reasons are required to report no less than 50% of the annual professional development minimum requirements only during the time on leave.  Ideally, those who are on leave and returning to a practicing status should attain the 3 year professional requirement within the following reporting year.  A registrant may remain non-practicing for up to 3 consecutive years and can return at any time by paying the associated fee for the year (may be pro-rated) and submitting the Return as a Practicing Registrant Form.

Student Member

Student Members have the right to receive information circulated to the active Registrants by BCIA and to attend BCIA events but do not have the right to use a seal, any title or designation, or to practice agrology. Annual submission of a 'Status Declaration' verifying enrolment as a student in a recognized post secondary institution is required to maintain student status.

Resignation in Good Standing

A registrant who has resigned in good standing may make an application for reinstatement within three (3) years of the resignation date, upon payment of the fees for the year in which the applicant seeks reinstatement, and is required for payment of a reinstatement fee. A registrant who has resigned in good standing who has NOT applied for reinstatement within three years (3) years of the resignation date will not be eligible for reinstatement and must submit a new application for registration.  As per directives relating to the Professional Governance Act (PGA) those resigned will be listed on 'Former BCIA Registrants' for up to 10 years.  If leaving BCIA, submit the Resignation Form in order to avoid penalty fees if the possible return to full status within three years.