Frequently Asked Questions
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Q. I’m looking for someone to give me advice on my farm.

A. You’ve come to the right place!  Professional Agrologists advise farmers on agronomic, nutritional, environmental, legal and financial aspects of production. Click here to search through our members and their specializations.

Q. Do I need a P.Ag. to work in Ontario? 

A. No, unlike other provinces, a Professional Agrologist designation is not mandatory to work in Ontario. The P.Ag. status verifies your academic credentials and your experience for employers in Ontario and OIA membership offers networking and professional development opportunities that are integral to any career in the agri-food and environmental sectors.

Q. What is the value of being a P.Ag. or T.Ag.?

A professional designation helps you stand out in your field. It is a testament to your education, experience and commitment to ongoing professional development, and it allows you to practice agrology in other provinces in Canada. OIA members appreciate the networking and educational tours offered at both the regional and provincial level.

Q. What are the requirements for P.Ag. vs T.Ag. status?

A. The Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) designation requires a minimum of a 4-year degree in agricultural or the environmental sciences. The Technical Agrologist (T.Ag.) designation requires a 2-year diploma in agriculture or the environmental sciences. P.Ags and T.Ags must have experience and references that verify their credibility, and must adhere to the OIA’s Code of Ethics. They are subject to a public complaint process. They must report at least 35 hours of continuing education credits. Annual membership fees for P.Ags and T.Ags are $450 paid before the beginning of the year.

Q. What is the Articling period all about?

A. Regardless of experience and education, all P.Ag and T.Ag candidates have a short articling period. Articling Agrologists (A.Ags) are required to:

  • Attend an annual meeting;
  • Give a presentation at a branch meeting;
  • Complete the Professionalism & Ethics course; and
  • May be paired with a mentor to develop a Professional Development plan. 

Two references and two years of domestic work experience or equivalent are also requirements for P.Ag. or T.Ag. status. The length of the articling period depends on the time it takes an A.Ag. to complete these requirements. A.Ag. fees are half of the full membership fee, so $225/year.

Q. How do I apply?

A. The application link is here and you’ll be required to upload your resume, transcripts and a copy of your degree(s). Applications are reviewed by an Admissions Committee that meets monthly and there is a $150 application fee.