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 Professional Governance Act and BCIA Bylaws, registrants shall be subject to the Professional Development (PD) Guidelines and Policies set by the Audit and Practice Review Committee, and approved by BCIA 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 title “Professional Agrologist” or “Technical Agrologist” and the respective designations “PAg” or “TAg”. Professional development hours must be reported annually: the required minimum is 30 PD hours per year, with an accumulation of 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”. Articling registrants must attend professional development activities specified by BCIA at the beginning of their articling terms.
Professional development hours must be reported annually: the required minimum is 30 PD hours per year, with an accumulation of 125 PD hours over a three year reporting period (ending with the reporting year). If registration is changed to be on leave, the articling term is put on hold and the articling registrant will be required to extend their articling program term to 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 all events as part of the articling program while on leave and should continue to engage with their mentor.
Professional Agrologist (Retired) Status
Retired agrologists have the right to vote and to hold office, to receive information circulated to the active registrants of BCIA, to attend BCIA events and may use the title “Professional Agrologist (Retired)” and the designation “PAg (Ret)”, but cannot practice agrology or use a professional seal. The PAg(Ret) status is for those registrants that have retired from their work in agrology (no longer practicing agrology of any kind, paid or volunteer) but wish to stay active and engaged in BCIA. Retired registrants must create a PD entry with a declaration of non-practicing status annually upon renewal of their registration. Annual professional development reporting is NOT required. PAg(Ret) registrants can return to full PAg status at any time by paying full status fees for the year (which may be pro-rated), with submission of the Return to Practicing Status Form and the submission of a PD work plan.
Non-Practicing Status - Parental Leave / Educational Leave/ Medical Leave / Agrologist On Leave
Non-practicing registrants receive information circulated to the active registrants and may attend BCIA events but CANNOT practice agrology or use their seal (if applicable), nor use their professional title or designations. Non-practicing registrants must report a minimum of 15 PD hours annually and will pay a reduced annual fee during their time on leave.
A registrant may remain on leave for up to three (3) consecutive years and can return at any time by paying the associated annual fee for the year (may be pro-rated) and submitting the Return as a Practicing Registrant Form.
Student members have the right to receive information circulated to active registrants by BCIA and to attend BCIA events. Students do NOT have the right to use a seal, any title or designation except Student, nor may they practice agrology. Annual creation of a PD 'Status Declaration', to verify enrolment in a recognized post-secondary institution is required to maintain student status.
Resignation in Good Standing
A registrant who has resigned in good standing (with fully paid annual fees) 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, the 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.
The Professional Governance Act mandates that resigned registrants will be listed as 'Former BCIA Registrants' for ten (10) years.
Prior to leaving BCIA, submit the Resignation Form to avoid penalty fees upon a potential return to full registration status within the allowable three year period.