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As part of the in-training program, there are four mandatory courses over two days taught in a face-to-face classroom setting to prepare the new member on how to conduct themselves professionally and ethically. These courses can be used as a total of 16 CCP hours for your registration requirement. Courses are offered regularly from late September to May of the following year. Although most of the sessions are in Edmonton and Calgary, sessions will be offered in any area, if there is a minimum of ten registrants.

Courses may only be taken AFTER acceptance as an AIT or ATT. It is recommended that the courses be taken in chronological order.

The In-Training Program consists of four courses, which are offered several times a year in various locations. Each course is offered in a face to face classroom setting and include lecture and group work through case studies. See the events calendar for a current course schedule.

Regulatory Course (Course 101)

This course will focus on the regulatory articles that govern the practice of agrology in Alberta. Each participant is required to complete and pass the exam with a mark of at least 70%. Maximum participants 25 people. The course workbook will be sent electronically to participants for review prior to the session.

Competency:

  • Provide an awareness/understanding of the regulatory articles that govern AIA
  • Provide the requirements, responsibilities and authority of regulated members
  • Provide the composition, authority and responsibilities of AIA Council
  • Provide an awareness/understanding of the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA)
  • Provide an understanding of members’ obligations in the collection, use and protection
    of personal information.

Continuing Competence Program and Practice Area (Course 102)

This course will focus on the professional’s need to maintain and enhance competence. All the practice areas are discussed and each participant will have to be able to identify their practice area and provide the rationale for their choice. Each participant is required to complete and pass the exam with a mark of at least 70%. Maximum participants 25 people. The course workbook will be sent electronically to participants for review prior to class.

Competency:

  • Provide an understanding of and the need for continuing competence in the practice of agrology
  • Understand AIA’s Continuing Competency requirements
  • How to identify the practice areas in agrology
  • Identify your own practice area

Managing Due Diligence (Course 103)

This course will focus on the potential liability risks associated with the practice of agrology. Strategies will be provided on how to manage those risks. There will be case studies and group work. Each participant is required to complete and pass the exam with a mark of at least 70%. Maximum participants 25 people. The course workbook will be sent electronically to participants for review prior to class.

Competency:

  • Provide an understanding of professional liability risks in agrology
  • Provide strategies to manage professional liability risks
  • Provide an understanding on the need for professional liability insurance
  • Provide an awareness to respond to the threat of a lawsuit

Professional Ethics (Course 104)

This course will provide an awareness and understanding of ethical conduct in the practice of agrology. Case studies will be used to demonstrate the ethical challenges. Each participant is required to complete and pass the exam with a mark of at least 70%. Maximum participants 25 people. The course workbook will be sent electronically to participants for review prior to class.

Competency:

  • Provide an understanding of ethics and professionalism in the field of Agrology
  • To demonstrate the importance of ethical conduct and behaviour as a professional
  • To discuss the AIA Code of Ethics and Code of Practice and their application in the practice of Agrology