Membership in a Self-Regulating Profession
The College of Applied Biology regulates members of the College in the public interest. Under the College of Applied Biology Act (2002), applied biology professionals were given the right to self-governance and joined a number of other professions who have this privilege and benefit. Self-regulation requires the establishment of an organization, governed by elected members and supported by a professional staff complement, who set standards for entrance into the profession and for the conduct of members and their practice. Membership confers title and the status that the title affords. It is also an assurance of accountability to their peers and the public for their actions. While professional status and professional regard are the most important benefits of membership, the College also provides a job board of employment opportunities for registered members, publications and advises on practice to assist members in meeting their obligations of membership.