The public interest is protected and served in matters related to agrology.
Agrology is defined as "the science of agriculture and associated natural resources." Its practitioners bring science to the sustainability of our food systems and the protection and stewardship of our natural resources.
The "practice of agrology" as defined within the Agrology Profession Act (Section 1(1v) ):
"Practice of agrology means the development, acquisition or application of or advising on scientific principles and practices relating to the cultivation, production, utilization and improvement of plants and animals and the management of associated resources and includes:
- The certification of compliance with Acts, regulations, directives, standards and guidelines related to agrology,
- The conducting of economic, statistical, financial, sociological and other studies related to agrology,
- The production, processing, marketing and protection of agricultural and related products and supplies,
- The analysis, classification and evaluation of land and water systems,
- The undertaking of agricultural design and advising on the use of buildings, structures, machinery and equipment,
- The conservation, decommissioning, reclamation, remediation and improvement of soils, land and water systems, and
- The development, management and use of waste treatment and ecological systems."
In serving and protecting the interests of the public of Alberta, the primary roles of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists are to regulate the practice of our members, to encourage good public stewardship in agrology related areas, and to advance the profession.
AIA functions can be broadly grouped as follows:
Setting the Standards
As a professional regulatory body, AIA sets standards for competent and ethical practice. Under provincial legislation, AIA determines what qualifications are required to practice within the agrology designations. This includes:
- Set the minimum educational qualifications necessary to enter into membership;
- Requirements for the in-training period;
- Ongoing continuing professional development standards for practicing members; and
- Establish, maintain and enforce standards of practice, registration and continuing competence for the profession of Agrology.
The Institute enforces a Code of Ethics and Code of Practice which provide standards of conduct for the practice of Agrology.
Maintaining the Registry
AIA maintains a registry of regulated members in Alberta.
Informing the Public and Policy Makers
While AIA is not an advocacy body, the AIA office can direct the public to members who are able to provide objective scientifically based information. AIA members bring the science of agrology to the policy makers by responding to requests for input. The Institute commissions “green papers” to advance discussion on important issues.
- Professional In-Training Program;
- Continuing Professional Development Opportunities;
- Consultation on Professional Conduct;
- Networking and peer support;
- Conference and workshops;
- Legal support and dispute resolution;
- Provide employer links to career opportunities;
- Identify and establish Agrology practice areas and standards of practice;
- Newsletter and links to Agrology related information;
- Provide linkage to Errors and Omissions insurance providers;
- Protect integrity of the profession through disciplinary action;
- Fair and equitable complaint process management;
- Agrology awareness program.