In serving and protecting the interests of the public of Alberta, the primary roles of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists are to regulate the practice of our members, to encourage good public stewardship in agrology related areas, and to advance the profession.
As a professional regulatory body, AIA sets standards for competent and ethical practice. Under provincial legislation, AIA determines what qualifications are required to practice within the agrology designations. This includes:
- Set the minimum educational qualifications necessary to enter into membership;
- Requirements for the in-training period;
- Ongoing continuing professional development standards for practicing members; and
- Establish, maintain and enforce standards of practice, registration and continuing competence for the profession of Agrology.
The Institute enforces a Code of Ethics and Code of Practice which provide standards of conduct for the practice of Agrology.
While AIA is not an advocacy body, the AIA office can direct the public to members who are able to provide objective scientifically based information. AIA members bring the science of agrology to the policy makers by responding to requests for input. The Institute commissions “green papers” to advance discussion on important issues.
AIA maintains a registry of regulated members in Alberta and provides the following:
- Professional In-Training Program;
- Continuing Professional Development Opportunities;
- Consultation on Professional Conduct;
- Networking and peer support;
- Conference and workshops;
- Legal support and dispute resolution;
- Provide employer links to career opportunities;
- Identify and establish Agrology practice areas and standards of practice;
- Newsletter and links to Agrology related information;
- Provide linkage to Errors and Omissions insurance providers;
- Protect integrity of the profession through disciplinary action;
- Fair and equitable complaint process management;
- Agrology awareness program.