AGROLOGISTS/AGRONOMES CANADA is a national body comprising provincial agrology institute regulators. Ten Agrology Institutes exist across Canada, one for each province. 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 efficiently become licensed with any regulator in Canada)
- promote the role of agrology and professional agrologists in Canada
- Each member of Agrologists Canada may delegate one representative to sit on the Board of Directors. Presently, the board consists of nine provincial agrology institutes of which BCIA is included (AIA has opted out).
- 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 guidelines only; the primary tool for assessing applications is the BCIA definition of Agrology according to the Agrologists Act.
- 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 we need specific products or services from these professionals that we have direct contact.
- 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 agrologists institutes have agreed on a new National Education Standard that all applicants must meet to become a Professional Agrologist (PAg). Adhering to a national education standard will support mobility rights by ensuring that, to the extent allowed by provincial legislation (Agrologists 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 this new standard. **NSIA, OAQ, MIA, SIA, BCIA
- The National Education Standard (NES) 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 it differs from other natural resource professions.