Regulated Practice, Title Rights and Reserved Practice

Regulated Practice

The definition of the regulated practice of applied biology under the Professional Governance Act is detailed in the Applied Biologists Regulation. The definition has not changed significantly from that under the College of Applied Biology Act (CABA) and is summarized below.

“The practice of applied biology means providing advice or services based on the five biological sciences of botany, zoology, microbiology, ecology and biochemistry, and relates to aquatic or terrestrial ecosystems or the living organisms, habitats or processes within or that supports that advice or services. The practice of applied biology does not include the provision of advice or services within the reserved practice of a registrant of another regulatory body (e.g. Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, Association of BC Forest Professionals).”

Reserved title

The Applied Biologists Regulation maintains exclusive use of title for registrants in good standing with the College of Applied Biology. These include:

  1. (Registered) Professional Biologist
  2. Biologist in Training
  3. Registered Biology Technologist
  4. Registered Biology Technologist in Training
  5. Applied Biology Technician
  6. Applied Biology Technician in Training

No individual may present themselves with any of these titles without being in contravention of the Professional Governance Act.

Reserved Practice

Over the past few years, the College has been working diligently to secure reserved practice – or practice rights – into regulation. We have consistently maintained that, to achieve the primary objective of the PGA of protecting the public interest, all applied biology practitioners must be qualified, competent and accountable through regulated practice. The College of Applied Biology will continue to work with the Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance to enshrine reserved practice into regulation. Over the next few months, we will be engaging in a final round of consultations while developing regulatory language to achieve that goal. As well, we will be working with our regulatory partners to help clarify reserved practice for the professions and mechanisms to resolve uncertainties between practices.