- Attendance at one AIA AGM & Conference;
- Completion of AIA In-Training Courses 101-104; and
- Having the minimum required agrology-related work experience.
- All relevant In-Training documents, such as practice area supporting documentation and a résumé; and
- Three references with regulated professional designations.
Q:How do I change my designation from ATT to AIT or RTAg to PAg?
A: To be eligible for registration as an AIT or PAg, you must have obtained a four-year university degree in, either, agricultural or environmental science and have the required credits in all course categories specified by the AIA Council.
If you have a two-year diploma or a three-year applied degree, contact a university of your choice and ask about a post-diploma or post-applied degree transfer to a four-year degree program. The university will instruct you on the requirements to obtain a four-year degree based on your academic background. If you transfer to a four-year degree program, please keep in mind that you must meet the course credit requirements for AIT registration. All of the academic courses you have taken are included in the calculation of course credits. For the course credit requirements for registration as an AIT leading to the PAg designation, CLICK HERE.
If you have a four-year university degree but were not granted AIT registration because your degree did not meet the course credit requirements indicated above, you must complete the degree credit courses (e.g. not certificate courses or short courses) that address the deficiencies noted by the Registration Committee. Refer to the official notification letter you received from the AIA office that summarized the Registration Committee’s review of your application. For possible courses, please see the list of approved courses HERE.
If you wish to take a course that is not on the approved course list, please contact the AIA Director of Registration for approval of the course prior to registering for that course. Once you have completed the course, please provide the AIA office with an official transcript showing you obtained credit for that course.
You may request a change to your designation once you have obtained credit in all courses that were deficient as noted by the Registration Committee at the time of your initial application. Please contact the AIA Director of Registration to request reassessment and send all additional transcripts to the AIA office.
Q: I am short courses for my designation (ATT/AIT) or short courses for my desired practice area(s). Does the AIA offer extension courses that I can take to satisfy my course deficiencies?
A: Do you satisfy the general credit requirements for acceptance into the AIA (do you have enough courses in agrology, math, English, etc.)? CLICK HERE for educational requirements.
The AIA does not offer extension courses - however, the AIA Council has approved several three-credit courses from the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension to help meet AIA entrance requirements. These courses can also be used for CCP requirements and/or to supplement core knowledge areas of registered members. These courses are a condensed version of the same four-month course you would take at a university. They are generally about five days total. To view the AIA-approved three-credit courses from the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension, CLICK HERE. The topics of these condensed courses are, unfortunately, limited at this time. The AIA office is working to broaden the topics of the extension courses.
Q: I want to work in a practice area that is different than what the Competence Committee approved. How do I change this?
A: The Competence Committee approves practice areas based on a person’s education and the Core Knowledge Area table. It is in the AIA’s mandate to protect the public in matters related to agrology and to ensure its members are competent. If a professional works outside of the practice areas that are most closely aligned with their formal education, it is their responsibility to ensure they have the education and training to support the area in which they practice. Work experience is only part of the equation for creating competence - formal education and the Continuing Competence Program (CCP) are required as well.
In order to achieve a new practice area, you should ensure you take formal education to meet a majority of the core knowledge areas for that practice area and to complete CCP hours in this new area. To request a reassessment of your practice areas, contact the AIA Director of Member Practice and submit an official copy of your transcripts to the AIA office.
For information on AIA-approved three-credit courses, CLICK HERE.
Q: As an In-Training member, can I practice without supervision or sign off on projects?
A: As an In-Training member, you are obligated to work under the direct supervision of a regulated professional, regardless of whether your area of practice is supported or not supported by your education. You cannot sign off on projects until you have completed the In-Training program and meet the government-specified work experience requirement.
After you have completed the In-Training program, your file will be reviewed by the Competence Committee. Reviews are based on your education, references, and practice-relevant experience. The Competence Committee's decision may include a cautionary note related to your practice. Practice in an area(s) outside of your supported practice area(s) is at your professional risk.
Q: What is CCP?
A: The Continuing Competence Program (CCP) enacts/executes/exerts/fulfills the requirements of the Agrology Profession Regulation (Section 16, 18) to ensure, as stated in Section 43(2) of the Agrology Profession Act, “regulated members […] maintain competence and […] enhance the provision of professional services.”
Q: Do agrologists have to be paid overtime?
A: As per the Employment Standards Regulation, Alta. Reg. 14/97, (2) Sec 14(1)(m), professional agrologists are exempt from minimum standards legislation in the Employment Standards Code dealing with hours of work and overtime entitlements. This same situation applies to quite a few designated professions, including professional engineers and lawyers.
Agrologists, like other employees, can certainly enter into individual contracts with their employers to establish working conditions, including hours of work and overtime entitlements, that they consider to be reasonable and balanced and these contract commitments will be legally enforceable.
Q: Does the AIA have any documentation on agrologists’ salaries?
A: Although the AIA does not keep records on salary averages, the Government of Alberta's Occupational Profile provides an ample description of the main duties and salary averages for Alberta. For more information, CLICK HERE. For a recent salary survey of Agrologists (2015) across Canada, including AIA members, CLICK HERE.