The AIA's authority and accountability is created by legislation: Agrology Profession Act and Agrology Profession Regulation . Under the legislation (Section 3(1)), the Institute’s role is to:

  • Carry out its activities and govern its regulated members in a manner that protects and serves the public interest;
  • Provide direction to and regulate the practice of agrology by its regulated members;
  • Establish, maintain and enforce standards of practice, registration and continuing competence for the practice of agrology;
  • Establish, maintain and enforce a code of ethics, and
  • Carry on the activities of the Institute and perform other duties and functions by the exercise of the powers conferred by [the] Act.

From the Agrology Profession Act, Statutes of Alberta, 2005, Chapter A-13.5

The Institute was first established under the provincial Agrology Act in 1947, which was amended in 1980. In April 2007, the Agrology Act was repealed and the Agrology Profession Act and Agrology Profession Regulation were proclaimed.

The Agrology Profession Act created substantial revisions to the Institute’s authority and how the Institute is to conduct its affairs. Most notable are:

  • Mandatory registration : Those who are qualified and practicing agrology are required to become registered members with the Institute.
  • New designations : The Regulations create the new designations: Registered Technologist in Agrology (RTAg) and Agrology Technologist in Training (ATT).
  • Updated disciplinary procedures : This will provide consistency with other professional regulatory organizations so that the public has a clearer understanding of the process.
  • Inclusion of public members in Institute operations : The provincial government will appoint individuals who are not registered with the Institute to sit on the governing Council and legislated committees and tribunals (e.g., Complaint Review Committees).
  • Mandatory continuing competency program : The Institute is required to establish a professional development program to assure the public that registered members are staying current in their field of practice.
  • Visiting Registry : Agrologists not registered with AIA who intend to work in Alberta for a short period of time are required to register with the AIA on the visiting registry.

Bylaws of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists provide rules by which the Institute operates. They state the manner in which the AIA governing Council is established (i.e. composition, nominations and elections processes including that of Council officers). Non-practicing membership categories and the rights (e.g. voting) for all members are established in the Bylaws.

The Bylaws must comply with the Agrology Profession Act and Agrology Profession Regulation of Alberta. Bylaws may be changed by Council with 60 days notice for AIA members' feedback.