The Ontario Institute of Agrologists (OIA) ensures registered Professional Agrologists (P.Ag.), Technical Agrologists (T.Ag.), as well as those Articling Agrologists in training (A.Ag.), are qualified, competent, and engage in continuous professional development and ongoing learning in order to meet national competency standards.
Professionals in Agrology work across the sectors of agriculture, bioresources, food, agri-business and the environment.
Objectives of the Ontario Institute of Agrologists
As outlined in Bill Pr15, An Act Respecting the Ontario Institute of Professional Agrologists, 2013, the principle object of the Institute is to “promote and protect the public interest by governing and regulating the practice of its members in the field of professional agrology”. In meeting this principle object the OIA serves the public interest by establishing, maintaining, developing and enforcing:
Further, through registration of accredited practitioners the OIA serves to enhance the practice of professional Agrology in the Province and contributes to inter-professional collaboration with other professional bodies. Registration, by those practicing Agrology, is voluntary in Ontario (unlike in many other provinces).
History of the Institute
Since 1960, the Ontario Institute of Agrologists (OIA) has been comprised of designated professionals in agriculture/agrology practice. The OIA has always served the public interest under a provincial Act.
Working to establish the highest standards for registered Agrology professionals, efforts are directed by those who meet competency practice standards to ensure that the public has complete trust in the health and safety of Ontario’s agriculture, agri-food, agri-environmental and agri-life science sectors. OIA members are employed by educational institutions, private industry, government and non-governmental agencies, and many are self-employed. As examples, registered OIA practitioners are found in lending institutions, providing advice to farmers, in communications and financial roles, in the fertilizer and seed business, food processing plants, on farm operations, in turf management and golf course operations, leading agricultural organizations and corporate boardrooms.
For over 50 years, the OIA has served its mission statement - to protect the public by registering and safe guarding the competence of qualified practitioners and to build public confidence through qualification assurance in Ontario’s agriculture, agri-food, and agri-business sector. The Ontario Institute of Agrologists advances the professionalism of Agrologists serving society. This is achieved through registered member adherence to a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, rigourous competency and educational requirements to join the profession, on-going continuous learning and competency enhancement requirements, as well as through public accountability.