What is the Professional Agrologist qualification and why may I want it?
Agrology in BC is defined as ”using agricultural and natural sciences and agricultural and resource economics, including collecting or analyzing data or carrying out research or assessments, to design, evaluate, advise on, direct or otherwise provide professional support to:
- the cultivation, production, improvement, processing or marketing of aquatic or terrestrial plants or animals, or
- the classification, management, use, conservation, protection, restoration, reclamation or enhancement of aquatic or terrestrial ecosystems that are affected by, sustain, or have the potential to sustain the cultivation or production of aquatic or terrestrial plants or animals.”
Professional Agrologists are natural resource professionals who work in an array of natural resource sectors, including the agricultural and food sector, forest sector, and environmental science sector. Note that agrologists include people who work in the agriculture sector, but include many people who do not work in agriculture. Agrologists provide many different services including: extension work, consultation, education, research and administration. Many positions in government and in the consulting industry require a scientist to be a P.Ag. in order to carry out their tasks. Professional Agrologist registration is administered by the BC Institute of Agrologists (BCIA) in BC.
How do I become registered as a Professional Agrologist?
There are four steps: (1) complete a degree in agriculture or a bachelor’s degree (not in agriculture, e.g., BSc in Physical Geography) to include courses that would fulfill the requirements of P.Ag. status (2) apply to the BCIA to become an Articling Agrologist; (3) gain up to three years of experience then (4) prepare a written review of professional development.
Annual membership is free to anyone enrolled in an agrology related program. https://www.bcia.com/members/student-membership