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 professional agrologists in 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. Alberta has chosen not to participate. For 2020-22, JP Ellson, BCIA Registrar and Executive Director, is Chair of Agrologists Agronomes Canada.
- Those who provide advisory services that support agriculture and natural resources are organized in Canada within the self- regulatory professional model and under the term 'Agrology'. Agrology is a growing profession that is undergoing a transition to a more rigorously regulated and managed profession. Increasing public scrutiny of professions and recent and upcoming revisions to provincial Agrology legislation have provided drivers for revisiting the need and 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 entry to practice education standards is in the public interest and helps to reinforce confidence in the agrology profession.
- Canada’s nine agrology institutes have agreed on an National Education Standard (NES) that all applicants must meet to become a Professional Agrologist (PAg) or Technnologists in Agrology (TAg). Adhering to a national education standard supports mobility rights by ensuring that, to the extent allowed by provincial legislation (the Professional Governance Act), all agrologists have acquired the necessary basic and scientific knowledge required to be recognized as an agrology professional in any province in Canada.
- Provincial agrology regulators are each responsible for education requirements for admission as agrologists in their province. 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 thisstandard. **NSIA, OAQ, NB, NLFD, PEI
- The National Education Standard will provide the agrology profession with a solid foundation to build upon and provide greater consistency in defining the educational background of a professional agrologist and how that differs from other natural resource professions.
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