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Architectural Institute of BC

The Architectural Institute of BC regulates the admission, professional conduct and professional development of architects and other registrants for the benefit of the public and the profession in British Columbia.  The AIBC engages government, other professions and the public on matters of shared interest and importance in the built environment. The Institute’s statutory mandate includes enforcing the Architects Act to help ensure that only registered architects use the title ‘architect’ and practise the profession of architecture. 

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Association of BC Forest Professionals

The Association of BC Forest Professionals administers and enforces the Foresters Act. It is responsible for registering and regulating British Columbia’s professional foresters and forest technologists. The association sets and enforces codes of conduct and standards of practice for members.

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Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) regulates and governs the professions under the authority of the Engineers and Geoscientists Act. It sets and maintains academic, experience, and professional practice standards for all members. Individuals licensed by APEGBC are the only persons permitted by law to undertake, and assume responsibility for engineering and geo-science projects in the province of BC.

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BC Institute of Agrologists

The BC Institute of Agrologists is responsible for registering and regulating British Columbia’s professional agrologists. It administers and enforces the Agrologists Act, and sets and enforces codes of conduct and standards of practice for members.

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Certified General Accountants Association of BC

The Certified General Accountants Association of BC is the governing and regulatory body responsible for the training and certification of BC’s more than 14,000 CGAs and CGA students. Responsible for training, certifying, and upholding the professional standards of its students and members. Guided by the Accountants Act.

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College of Applied Biology

The College of Applied Biology ensures that a member practicing applied biology in British Columbia has the necessary education, knowledge and skills. No one in BC can call themselves a Professional Biologist, or a Registered Biology Technologist, without registration in the College.

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Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC builds public confidence in the chartered accountant profession by providing education, regulation, and member services for chartered accountants. Guided by the Accountants (Chartered) Act, the Institute licenses all public practice CA firms and reviews these firms to ensure ongoing compliance with standards and regulations. It also investigates complaints about the conduct of chartered accountants in BC.

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Law Society of BC

The Law Society of BC is the regulatory body for the BC legal profession. Guided by the Legal Profession Act, the Society licenses individuals to practice law in BC, hears complaints regarding the conduct of lawyers, and administers discipline, when appropriate.

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Society of Notaries Public of BC

The Society of Notaries Public establishes and regulates professional and ethical standards for notaries in BC. Hears public complaints and disciplines its members, when appropriate.

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Teacher Regulation Branch (K-12 Educators)

The Teacher Regulation Branch of the Ministry of Education administers professional regulation for more than 68,000 certified educators in BC. The Branch was created in January 2012 as part of the implementation of the Teachers Act, which brought in a new system to certify, regulate, and discipline teachers through shared responsibility between government and the educational sector. In this hybrid regulatory model, statutory authority over different aspects of teacher regulation is exercised by the BC Teachers Council, the Director of Certification, the Commissioner for Teacher Regulation, and hearing panels established under the Act.