There are currently five professional regulators named in the Professional Governance Act (PGA):
- Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP)
- Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC)
- BC Institute of Agrologists (BCIA)
- College of Applied Biology (CAB)
- Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, known as Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (EGBC).
As the PGA is implemented these professional regulators will be established as ‘regulatory bodies’ under the PGA and will govern their professionals under the new legislative framework. The PGA includes the authority to add additional regulatory bodies over time.
The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) was originally brought into being with the passage of the 1947 Foresters Act and now represents over 5,300 members, including foresters and forest technologists. An ABCFP Historical Summary is available on the ABCFP website.
The Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) was formed under the Society Act in 1958 and incorporated under the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians Act in 1985. ASTTBC have over 10,200 registrants and regulate a large number of different designations, reflecting the broad scope of work of their members. See ASTTBC’s website for more information.
The British Columbia Institute of Agrologists (BCIA) was created in 1947 with the Agrologists Act, and currently has over 1,300 registrants. The practice of agrology includes many areas relating to natural resources and agriculture, including resource economics. BCIA has a summary of agrology available on BCIA’s website that provides a breakdown of the areas of practice of their members.
The College of Applied Biology (CAB) was established in 2002 with the College of Applied Biology Act. They regulate professional biologists, and biology-related technologists and technicians. Information on their fields of practice are available on CAB’s website. CAB currently has approximately 2,300 registered members.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC (EGBC) is the business name of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia. EGBC was first established under the Engineering Profession Act of 1920. In 1990 the professional regulator expanded to include geoscientists. The EGBC website provides some background, including their history, membership, vision and values. EGBC represents over 34,000 members.