Agrologists Agronomes Canada is a national body comprised of nine provincial regulators. Ten Agrology Institutes exist across Canada, one for each province (Alberta has opted out). As provincial regulators, they license agrology professionals and govern their work to ensure public protection in the individual provinces, through safe, competent and ethical practice. As members of the Agrologists Agronomes Canada team, they work together to:
- meet obligations for national labour mobility, i.e. harmonizing licensing requirements so that agrology professionals can have their designation recognized within any province in Canada.
- promote the role of agrology and professionals in agrology within Canada.
- Each member of Agrologists Agronomes Canada may delegate one representative to sit on the Board of Directors. The current Board consists of nine provincial agrology institutes, including BCIA. JP Ellson, BCIA's CEO/Registrar is Chair of Agrologists Agronomes Canada for 2020-2022.
- Those who provide advisory services that support agriculture, best environmental practices and sustainable natural resources are organized in Canada within the self-regulatory professional model and under the term ''agrology". Agrology is a profession that is transitioning to one that is more rigorously regulated. Increasing public scrutiny of the professions in addition to recent and continuing revisions to provincial legislation have provided impetus for revisiting the content of a National Entrance Standard (NES) for the profession. BCIA views the NES as a guideline only; the primary tool for assessing applications is BCIA's definition of agrology according to the Professional Governance Act - Agrologists Regulation.
- The terms “agrology” and “agrologist” are largely unique to Canada. These terms help society define a wide range of activities ranging from teaching and research to consulting and advisory services. The advice and decisions of agrologists may often have far-reaching consequences well beyond the individual client or customer. This is similar to some other professions such as law or engineering. Often it is not until specific products or professional services are required that direct contact is initiated.
- A key role of Agrologists Agronomes Canada is to help provincial agrology regulators develop and coordinate national standards. A national commitment to educational and practice standards is in the public interest and encourages confidence in the profession.
- The Regulators have agreed that National Education Standards (NES) are necessary in order to become a Professional Agrologist (PAg). Adhering to a national education standard supports mobility rights by ensuring that, to the extent allowed by provincial legislation (the Professional Governance Act in BC), all agrologists have acquired the necessary basic and scientific knowledge required to be recognized as an agrology professional in any province in Canada.
- Provincial regulators are responsible for education entrance criteria in their respective provinces. Some provincial agrology regulators* are already using the NES as guidelines in their admission process. Other provincial regulators are reviewing how to address challenges to implement this standard. *NSIA, MIA, SIA, BCIA
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