Professional Development

The British Columbia Institute of Agrologists is committed to continuing professional development to ensure that Registrants are continuously adding to their professional knowledge and skillsets.

Continuing education will be demonstrated through recorded professional development (PD). Professional Development Reporting allows Registrants to record agrology related-activities in these categories:

  • professional practice;
  • professional service
  • professional contributions, and;
  • continuing education.

Professional Development (PD) Reports

The PD Reports tab is located in each Registrant's online profile to record PD activities after they occur, or immediately before payment of annual fees. The PD report tab is the primary method of record-keeping for the Professional Development Audit Program.

Areas of Practice

There are currently 38 recognized areas of practice listed by BCIA in which PAg and AAg Registrants must declare annually up to three (3) areas of practice, or up to two (2) areas for technical agrologists, i.e. TAgs and ATAgs.

The Professional Development Guidelines (with case study examples) provide detailed information on how to report PD and the required minimum amount of hours.

Professional Development Minimum Requirements 

Professional Registrants, i.e. PAg, AAg, TAg, ATAg, are required to complete and accurately report an average of 42 PD hours (PDH) annually, with a minimum of 125 PDH over three years.  

Registrants on leave are required to report a minimum of 50% of the regular PDH requirement during their time on leave. Registrants must also declare their areas of practice annually.

Enforcement of Compliance with PD Requirements - this document details the processes applied should PDH fall short of the required minimums.

Download the PD Reporting User Guide

When reporting their PD, registrants should be sure to document the:

  • \topic or title or article 
  • the area of practice/relevancy to the profession
  • type of activity, ie. webinar, tour, seminar
  • date of activity
  • length of activity

View the Events Calendar regularly for BCIA professional development events and those of other organizations.

Professional Development Learning Plan Tool is intended for use in planning personal professional development.