A Practice Area (PA)is 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.
PAs assist members in assessing their competence for a particular PA, and later assist them in targeting their Continuing Competence Program (CCP) based on the knowledge areas required to work in that PA. There are nineteen PAs. A table outlining each PA and its knowledge areas or practice standard has been developed.
The PAs with a practice standard are: Assessment, Remediation and Management of Contaminated Land; Crop Production; Environmental Monitoring; Greenhouse Gas Assessment and Management (Agricultural); Land Reclamation; Livestock Production; Management; Rangeland and Pasture Management; Water Resources Planning and Management; and Wetland and Riparian Areas. The PAs with knowledge areas are: Agricultural Marketing and Sales; Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Biophysical Classification and Evaluation; Biosystems, Biosolids, Compost and Manure Management; Environmental Impact Assessment and Mitigation Planning; Food Development and Processing; Land Conservation and Management; Regulatory Support and Consultation; Rural Development and Support.