What will a professional designation do for you?

In the majority of Canadian provinces, Agrology practitioners are mandatory licensure in the public interest.  In Ontario, the province has deemed it a choice for people to meet national qualification assurance standards to join the Institute and to maintain professional accreditation to practice Agrology.  So just as it is a matter of choice for an individual to meet OIA accreditation standards that mirror national competency to practice standards, voluntary professional accreditation means that the public has a choice of practitioners -  those who have met national competency to practice standards and those who have not.

What Does a Registered Agrology Practitioner Do?

A registered Agrology practitioner engages for hire, gain, or salary in the development, acquisition, use, application, teaching, demonstration and communication of scientific principles/practices/laws relating to agricultural, agri-food and natural sciences and to agricultural and resource economics.  Agrology is the practice of bioresource and economics sciences to provide advice to the agriculture, agri-food and natural resources sector and contribute to the health of society, environment and economy.

Why Become a Registered Agrology Practitioner in Ontario?

In most Canadian provinces, Agrology practice is a fully regulated profession, similar to accountants, geoscientists, engineers, foresters and veterinarians. However, in Ontario, registration as an accredited Agrology practitioner is voluntary. Registered Agrology practitioners are acknowledged for providing competent service in the public good as well as practicing within professional and ethical standards. OIA registered members represent proven professionals in agriculture, bioresources, food, agri-business and the environment.

The practice of Agrology is a rapidly growing and ever expanding field that is increasingly gaining recognition and exposure among employers, governing bodies and the public. The demand for trained and competent regulated members in the practice of Agrology is growing. The public has recognized that registered professionals in agriculture, bioresources, food and the environment are very important.

Recognition of your credentials represents a vital component of registration. Being a registered member of the Ontario Institute of Agrologists carries responsibility, authority, verification of education, demonstrates your commitment to ongoing learning, and like veterinarians and geoscientists a commitment to public interest in practice.

Registration and the associated professional designation indicate that you take a professional approach to your work and career. It shows that you are accountable and responsible for the advice you provide and the work you do. It demonstrates to your clients, customers, employer, and the public that they can have confidence in your skills. It proves that you are compliant with requirements of Bill Pr15, An Act Respecting the Ontario Institute of Professional Agrologists, 2013 and the by-laws of the Institute.

Registering with the Institute gives individuals the right and privilege to use nationally recognized and protected titles as well as designations as provided under provincial Act.

Bill Pr15

Practice and Definition of Agrology

P.Ag

P.Ag. (Professional Agrologist)

The designation of Professional Agrologist demonstrates your level of commitment to the agri-food, agri-life science and the agrology sector. There are over 10,000 licensed practitioners across Canada and an Institute of Agrology in each province. Each Institute has the legal and legislative mandate within its respective Act to ensure high quality standards and ethics within the professional activities of its accredited/licensed members to protect the public interest.

As a Professional Agrologist you must apply due diligence and practice within standards that are comparable to other professional designations. Through accreditation/licensure national labour mobility is achieved and newcomers, as well as recent graduates, will be more competitive in the job market. You will access greater opportunities within your field while developing valuable sector contacts. First and foremost, as a designated Professional Agrologist you work to protect the public interest.

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P.Ag. Membership Criteria

  • A 4-year Bachelor degree that includes a minimum of 120 credits or 40 full-time courses in agricultural or environmental sciences

OR

  • An equivalent 4-year degree that includes:
    • 15 courses in natural sciences and/or agricultural and resource economics that relate directly to Agrology (as defined in An Act Respecting the Ontario Institute of Professional Agrologists, 2013)
    • 11 courses at the 300 or 400 level, of which 8 must be in natural sciences and/or agricultural and resource economics that relate directly to Agrology (as defined in An Act Respecting the Ontario Institute of Professional Agrologists, 2013)
    • foundational science courses per those listed on the Academic Worksheet

OR

  • Graduate degree(s) in agricultural or environmental sciences or equivalent related discipline approved by the Professional Requirements Committee with 60 Agrology credits or 20 full-time courses from a recognized university

 

Applicants with degrees granted from outside of Canada must have their transcripts evaluated on a course by course basis by World Education Services (Toronto) or International Credential Assessment Service (Guelph).

The OIA upholds its ethical and legal obligation to maintain fair and legitimate entry-to-the-profession requirements including educational qualifications that do not place unreasonable or unjustifiable barriers to entry to OIA membership. Entry to the profession must be within the parameters of the OIA’s Act and by-laws while ensuring the OIA maintains regard for legal precedents, human rights, and decisions of the Office of the Ontario Fairness Commissioner and best practices of regulatory bodies in the Province of Ontario.

 

Student Affiliate Membership

The student affiliate membership demonstrates to future employers that you are committed to taking the steps necessary to become a registered/accountable Agrology practitioner. The student affiliate membership is available to students enrolled in Ontario undergraduate degree, graduate degree or diploma programs within a scope of practice curriculum of study.

Scopes of Practice

The student affiliate membership represents an opportunity for you to prepare for your professional career and join a network registered member practitioners. You will receive notifications of the OIA and branch meeting opportunities and networking events, your application fee will be waived, and you will gain a competitive advantage in the job market.

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Professionalism and Ethics Course

The OIA Professionalism and Ethics Course is appropriate for Articling Agrologists working toward becoming designated professionals (P.Ag.s or T.Ag.s), as well as individuals seeking qualification as a farm business advisor under the federal-provincial initiative. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture has specific submission requirements to become a certified farm business advisor, including “proof of membership in good standing with a professional organization which has a code of ethics or successful completion of a course on professionalism and ethics within the last five years”. OIA members and non-members who require a professionalism and ethics course are invited to register.

This online, six-module course curriculum is designed to:

  • Explore the responsibilities of professionalism in general;
  • Enable Agrologists to investigate professional ethics in the agricultural workplace; and
  • Consider the importance of continuing professional development throughout their career.

It explores topics on what constitutes professional and ethical practices, why those practices are considered professional and ethical, and questionable scenarios that challenge the grey areas of this complex subject matter.

To sign up for the OIA P&E course, please Register Online or contact the OIA Director of Finance and Administration by email or by phone at 1-866-339-7619 Ext-232. A certificate of completion will be issued to all those who achieve a passing grade.

Note: The course registration fee can be refunded, less a $25 administration fee, if a cancellation request is received in writing no later than 5 BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE COURSE. After that date, the course registration fee is non-refundable. In case of an emergency (illness, family death or other extraordinary circumstances), refunds may be granted if a notice is submitted in writing with pertinent documentation. All refunds will be processed within 15 business days after the course has concluded.

Note: There will be a $25 financial service charge assessed on any returned cheque. The OIA reserves the right to decline any future remittance by cheque from such an individual.

T.Ag

T.Ag. (Technical Agrologist)

The designation of Technical Agrologist demonstrates your level of commitment to the agri-food, agri-life science and the agrology sector. There are over 10,000 licensed practitioners across Canada and an Institute of Agrology in each province. Each Institute has the legal and legislative mandate within its respective Act to ensure high quality standards and ethics within the professional activities of its accredited/licensed members to protect the public interest.

As a Technical Agrologist you must apply due diligence and practice within standards that are comparable to other professional designations. Through accreditation/licensure national labour mobility is achieved and newcomers, as well as recent graduates, will be more competitive in the job market. You will access greater opportunities within your field while developing valuable sector contacts. First and foremost, as a designated Technical Agrologist you work to protect the public interest.

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Make an Application

T.Ag. Membership Criteria

The basis for membership as a Technical Agrologist (T.Ag.) is a 2-year Diploma that includes:

  • A minimum of 60 credits or 20 full-time courses with 45 credits or 15 full-time courses related to the "practice of Agrology" as defined in An Act Respecting the Ontario Institute of Professional Agrologists, 2013

OR

  • An equivalent 2-year diploma or applied degree as approved by the Professional Requirements Committee that includes the above

 

Applicants with diploma granted from outside of Canada must have their transcripts evaluated on a course by course basis by World Education Services (Toronto) or International Credential Assessment Service (Guelph).

The OIA upholds its ethical and legal obligation to maintain fair and legitimate entry-to-the-profession requirements including educational qualifications that do not place unreasonable or unjustifiable barriers to entry to OIA membership. Entry to the profession must be within the parameters of the OIA’s Act and by-laws while ensuring the OIA maintains regard for legal precedents, human rights, and decisions of the Office of the Ontario Fairness Commissioner and best practices of regulatory bodies in the Province of Ontario.

 

 

Student Affiliate Membership

The student affiliate membership demonstrates to future employers that you are committed to taking the steps necessary to become a registered/accountable Agrology practitioner. The student affiliate membership is available to students enrolled in Ontario undergraduate degree or diploma programs within a scope of practice curriculum of study.

Scopes of Practice

The student affiliate membership represents an opportunity for you to prepare for your professional career and join a network registered member practitioners. You will receive notifications of the OIA and branch meeting opportunities and networking events, your application fee will be waived, and you will gain a competitive advantage in the job market.

Make an Application

 

Professionalism and Ethics Course

The OIA Professionalism and Ethics Course is appropriate for Articling Agrologists working toward becoming designated professionals (P.Ag.s or T.Ag.s), as well as individuals seeking qualification as a farm business advisor under the federal-provincial initiative. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture has specific submission requirements to become a certified farm business advisor, including “proof of membership in good standing with a professional organization which has a code of ethics or successful completion of a course on professionalism and ethics within the last five years”. OIA members and non-members who require a professionalism and ethics course are invited to register.

This online, six-module course curriculum is designed to:

  • Explore the responsibilities of professionalism in general;
  • Enable Agrologists to investigate professional ethics in the agricultural workplace; and
  • Consider the importance of continuing professional development throughout their career.

It explores topics on what constitutes professional and ethical practices, why those practices are considered professional and ethical, and questionable scenarios that challenge the grey areas of this complex subject matter.

To sign up for the OIA P&E course, please Register Online or contact the OIA Director of Finance and Administration by email or by phone at 1-866-339-7619 Ext-232. A certificate of completion will be issued to all those who achieve a passing grade.

Note: The course registration fee can be refunded, less a $25 administration fee, if a cancellation request is received in writing no later than 5 BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE COURSE. After that date, the course registration fee is non-refundable. In case of an emergency (illness, family death or other extraordinary circumstances), refunds may be granted if a notice is submitted in writing with pertinent documentation. All refunds will be processed within 15 business days after the course has concluded.

Note: There will be a $25 financial service charge assessed on any returned cheque. The OIA reserves the right to decline any future remittance by cheque from such an individual.