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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.

PAs will assist members in assessing their competence for a particular PA, and later assist them in targeting their Continuing Competence Program (CCP) based on the core knowledge areas required to work in that PA. The core knowledge areas will also assist the Registration Committee in applying the registration review process to new applicants. The new PAs and core knowledge components will provide an objective, consistent and administratively clear, registration review process. A table outlining each PA and its core knowledge areas and the pertinent courses has been developed.

PAs are linked to the Agrology Profession Act legislation and the following list of PAs (in bold) illustrates this linkage. The PAs are:

  • (i) the “practice of agrology” which 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,
    Management
  • (ii) the certification of compliance with Acts, regulations, directives, standards and guidelines related to agrology,
    Regulatory Support and Consultation
    Environmental Monitoring
  • (iii) the conducting of economic, statistical, financial, sociological and other studies related to agrology,
    Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics
    Rural Development and Support
  • (iv) the production, processing, marketing and protection of agricultural and related products and supplies,
    Crop Development
    Food Development and Processing
    Greenhouse Gas Assessment and Management - See new Practice Standard
    Animal Production
    Rangeland and Pasture Management
  • (v) the analysis, classification and evaluation of land and water systems,
    Biophysical Classification and Evaluation
    Environmental Impact Assessment and Mitigation Planning
    Land Conservation and Management
    Water Resources
    Wetland and Riparian Areas
  • (vi) the undertaking of agricultural design and advising on the use of buildings, structures, machinery and equipment,
    No Practice Area
  • (vii) the conservation, decommissioning, reclamation, remediation and improvement of soils, land and water systems, and
    Assessment, Remediation and Management of Contaminated Land
    Land Reclamation
  • (viii) the development, management and use of waste treatment and ecological systems,
    Biosystems, Biosolids, Compost and Manure Management

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