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A Practice Area (PA) is defined as an area of expertise that requires specialized knowledge, skills and experience. PAs identify functional areas of practice within the profession of agrology as uniquely as possible.

Each PA includes six core knowledge areas that define specialized knowledge to ensure effective practice. The AIA Registration Committee deemed that to be competent in a PA, a regulated member needs to indicate competence in four of the six core knowledge areas through education. The RC also specified up to 3 courses per knowledge area within a given PA that could be used to indicate this competence, with the member choosing at least one course from each of four knowledge areas to indicate competence.

The following table (if you wish to PRINT the table, click here) provides members with the current practice areas and core knowledge areas.

Practice Area Core Knowledge Areas
Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics Intermediate Economics OR Agricultural/Real Estate Economics OR Natural Resource/ Environmental Economics Accounting OR Financial Management OR Risk Management Management Information Systems OR Business Governance systems OR Resources Management Managerial and Organizational Behavior OR Consumer Studies OR Marketing and Trading Rural Sociology OR Adult Education and Extension OR Communications Production Systems OR Production Systems Management
Animal Production Animal Physiology OR Animal Behaviour Animal Nutrition OR Animal Metabolism Genetics or Molecular Genetics and Heredity Animal Production OR Grassland and Rangeland Management Animal Welfare OR Animal Health OR Animal Diseases Animal Reproduction OR Animal Breeding
Assessment, Remediation and Management of Contaminated Land Soil Classification and Genesis OR Geomorphology OR Quaternary Geology Soil Chemistry OR Geochemistry Hydrology OR Hydrogeology OR Soil Physics Plant Soil Relations OR Ecosystem Mgt Microbiology OR Toxicology OR Remediation Sampling Design OR Data Management OR Risk Mgt
Biophysical Classification and Evaluation Land Evaluation OR Soil Conservation and Management OR Soil Genesis and Classification Geomorphology OR Surficial Geology OR Soil Chemistry Ecology OR Rangeland Ecology Vegetation Assessment and Management OR Plant Physiology OR Plant Taxonomy Remote Sensing OR Air Photo Interpretation OR Geospatial Systems Water-Landform Relationships OR Hydrology OR Soil Physics
Biosystems, Biosolids, Compost and Manure Management Compost Development and Management OR Digestion Systems OR Energy and Biogas Production Residuals (Waste) Management OR Materials Handling and Processing OR Odour Control Land Application OR Livestock System OR Cropping System Biochemistry OR Organic Chemistry OR Inorganic Chemistry Soil Chemistry OR Soil Fertility OR Soil Physics Microbiology OR Plant/Soil Relations OR Contaminant Fate and Behaviour
Crop Development Soil Physics OR Soil Chemistry OR Irrigation Management Plant Physiology OR Botany OR Plant Breeding Integrated Pest Management OR Weed Science OR Entomology OR Plant Pathology Soil Fertility Crop Production OR Forages OR Agroforestry OR Horticulture Agricultural Economics OR Business Mgt
Environmental Impact Assessment and Mitigation Planning Environmental Impact Assessment Methodology OR Environmental Mgt Systems OR Mitigation Planning Soil Conservation/ Reclamation OR Soil Classification OR Soil Chemistry Hydrology OR Water Quality OR Erosion Control Environmental Regulations OR Project Management OR Environmental Planning Ecology OR Biophysical Inventory Socio- Economic Planning OR Environmental Economics OR Stakeholder Engagement
Environmental Monitoring Air Sciences OR Soil Sciences OR Vegetation Sciences Water Sciences OR Hydrogeology OR Hydrology Site Assessment OR Ecology Environmental Law OR Environmental Regulations Sampling Design and Techniques Risk Assessment OR Toxicology
Food Development and Processing Food Processing Technologies OR Food Product Development Food Policy OR Food Legislation Food Nutrition OR Food Biochemistry Food Microbiology Quality Assurance OR Food Safety Systems Food Chemistry
Greenhouse Gas Assessment and Management Cropping Systems OR Agronomy Soil Fertility OR Nutrient Management Agricultural GHG Emissions Management Soil and Water Conservation Soil, Water, Landscape Relationships to Productivity and Environmental Risk GHG Accounting, Quantification, and Verification
Land Conservation and Management Soil Genesis and Classification OR Soil Physics Land Evaluation OR Soil Conservation and Management OR Land Use Planning Remote Sensing OR Air Photo Interpretation OR Geospatial Information Hydrology Soil Fertility OR Soil Chemistry Plant Ecology OR Plant Taxonomy
Land Reclamation Land Reclamation Soil Genesis and Classification Vegetation Management OR Revegetation OR Plant Taxonomy Ecology Soil Physics OR Hydrology Soil Fertility OR Soil Chemistry OR Soil Management
Management – see below Strategic Planning Training and/or Experience Human Resource Management Training and/or Experience Management or Executive Management Formal Training Project Management Training and/or Experience Finance or Budget Training and/or Experience Formal education in Business Management, HR Management, Project Management
Rangeland and Pasture Management Range and Pasture Management OR Forage Agronomy Range Plant Taxonomy Soil Fertility Or Soil Chemistry OR Soil Genesis and Classification Plant Community Ecology Soil-Plant-Water Relationships Or Plant Physiology Weed Science Or Range Site Mapping Or Landform Mapping
Regulatory Support and Consultation Agricultural, Environmental and Food Legislation OR Policy Stakeholder Communications OR Stakeholder consultation and mediation Resource management OR Environmental Protection OR Impact Assessment Crop Production OR Animal Production OR Wildlife Management OR Food Production Conservation Planning OR Reclamation Planning OR Systems Planning Regulatory Compliance Reporting
Rural Development and Support Extension and Adult Learning OR Communications OR Community Development Intermediate Economics OR Applied Economics OR Regulation and Policy Analysis Business and Information Systems or Institutional Leadership and Governance OR Aid Policy Analysis Environmental Sociology OR Rural Sociology OR Cultural History Rural Landscapes Design OR Information Systems Production systems OR Risk Management
Water Resources Planning and Management Soil Science OR Earth Sciences OR Physical Geography Ecology OR Agronomy Watershed Modeling OR Environmental Policy Water Quality OR Hydrology Municipal/Provincial/ Federal Legislation OR Social Responsibility Natural Resource Management OR Environmental Planning OR Watershed Management
Wetland and Riparian Areas Wetland Ecology OR Aquatic Ecology Hydrology OR Hydrogeology OR Water Landform Relationships Plant Taxonomy OR Plant Ecology Water Quality OR Water Biogeochemistry Soil Genesis and Classification OR Soil Physics Watershed Management OR Hydrologic Modeling

Management entails designing, overseeing and managing the work processes in the agricultural or environmental services sectors. Individuals with this PA may direct other professionals and one or more projects. This PA usually entails a mixture of scientific and managerial work, along with an intensive knowledge of relevant legislation.

This practice area is assessed differently from other practice areas in agrology. Individuals must initially meet the legislated entrance requirements to be a member of the profession. As there are no specific core knowledge requirements for this PA, individuals who intent to practice in this PA should have an additional technical PA defined. This PA is skill based, recognizes experience and addresses competence that is obtained either on the job and/or through specialized management training programs. The Registration Committee will review each file on a case by case basis with the following items to be considered for effective competence in this PA:

  • A minimum of 5 years’ technical experience in any given PA.
  • Continuing professional development (CCP) that demonstrates management competence
  • Supervision of other professionals on an ongoing basis (does not apply to basic supervision of field technicians doing routine work).