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.
NOTE: In-training members must have a minimum of 3 years direct work experience in at least one practice area, within which they are currently active, before they apply for full designation. Granting of full designation (PAg or RTAg) will not be considered by the Competence Committee until this requirement is met. Once full designation is attained, independent professional practice as a PAg or RTAg requires a minimum of 3 years of supervised work experience in each active practice area declared (PAg) or approved (RTAg).
Detailed practice standards describe the knowledge, experience, skill sets and performance standards for professional practice within a practice area. Eleven detailed practice standards exist for the practice areas listed in the table below.
|Practice Area||Practice Standard|
|Assessment, Remediation and Management of Contaminated Land||This Practice Area has a new Practice Standard, click here for the standard .|
|Crop Production||This Practice Area has a new Practice Standard, click here for the standard .|
|Environmental Monitoring||This Practice Area has a new Practice Standard, click here for the standard .|
|Greenhouse Gas Assessment and Management (Agricultural)||This Practice Area has a new Practice Standard, click here for the standard .|
|Land Conservation and Management||This Practice Area has a new Practice Standard, click here for the standard .|
|Land Reclamation||This Practice Area has a new Practice Standard, click here for the standard .|
|Livestock Production||This Practice Area has a new Practice Standard, click here for the standard .|
|Management||This Practice Area has a new Practice Standard, click here for the standard .|
|Rangeland and Pasture Management||This Practice Area has a new Practice Standard, click here for the standard .|
|Water Resources Planning and Management||This Practice Area has a new Practice Standard, click here for the standard .|
|Wetland and Riparian Areas||This Practice Area has a new Practice Standard, click here for the standard .|
As the institute develops practice standards for the remaining 8 practice areas they will be added to the table above. Until a practice area has an existing practice standard, the core knowledge table will continue to provide guidance to members on knowledge requirements for each practice area.
A new practice area was approved by Council in February, 2019 and it is "Agricultural Marketing and Sales". Click here for a description of the practice area.
The following table (if you wish to PRINT the table, click here) provides members with the current practice areas and core knowledge areas. A Word document is available here for editing.
|Practice Area||Core Knowledge Areas|
|Agricultural Marketing and Sales||Soil Conservation OR Soil Science OR Soil Fertility||Integrated Pest Management OR Weed Science OR Entomology OR Plant Pathology||Animal Science OR Animal Husbandry OR Animal Nutrition||Agricultural Economics OR Business Management||Plant Science OR Field Crop Production||Marketing OR Sales Management|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|