Regulatory Agency

College of Applied Biology


The College of Applied Biology (CAB) makes sure that a member practicing applied biology in British Columbia has the necessary knowledge and skills. No one in BC can call themselves a professional biologist, a registered biology technologist, or an applied biology technician without registration in the CAB. The College of Applied Biology Act is the first legislation of its kind in North America, and is the first time applied biologists have been granted full professional status through self-governing legislation. The CAB:

  • Awards title of professional biologist and registered biology technologist (only members with active status who are members in good standing can use titles under the jurisdiction of the CAB)
  • Sets conduct and performance standards to which members are held accountable
  • Ensures the competence of its members through compulsory rules for continuing professional development, audits, investigations, discipline procedures
  • Evaluates and comments on legislation pertinent to the purpose of the CAB from an apolitical perspective

The CAB establishes, monitors and enforces standards of conduct and a code of ethics for its members. It has legal authority to investigate allegations that a member has fallen below those standards and to take disciplinary action against the member. The CAB has a discipline process, which sets out how a complaint is filed and the investigation and subsequent discipline processes.  A person may make a complaint in writing where the complainant believes that a member of the CAB has:

  • Practiced biology in an incompetent manner
  • Been guilty of professional misconduct, conduct unbecoming a registered member, or a breach of this Act or the rules


College of Applied Biology
Suite #205 - 733 Johnson Street
Victoria, BC
V8W 3C7

Telephone: 250-383-3306
Fax: 250-383-2400

Justice Education Society Resources

Early Resolution

Before you make a complaint, have you tried to work out your situation by other methods? Use this Early Dispute Resolution checklist to find out if you have tried all avenues available to you. The following videos and PDFs may also help you.

Choosing a Dispute Resolution Option

Find out about mediation and other ways to resolve disputes.
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Understanding Disputes

Here’s what’s really going on behind most disputes.
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Preparing for a Tough Talk

Find out how to prepare for a difficult conversation to settle a dispute.
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Negotiating a Solution

You’ve prepared for your tough talk, now you’re ready for the next step: negotiation.
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Preparing for a Hearing

If you have to appear at a tribunal hearing, use this Tribunal Hearing Preparation checklist to help you get ready. You may also like to take a look at these videos and PDFs for more about how to prepare your case.

Hearings: First steps

This video introduces the different tribunal processes, including mediation and settlement conferences.
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In-person Hearings

Watch a dramatization of what it’s like to make a case at an in-person hearing.
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Telephone hearings

Find out how to prepare to make an effective presentation for a hearing over the phone.
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Written Hearings

This video describes the process for submitting your case in writing and what your submission must contain.
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