What is the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists?

The Manitoba Institute of Agrologists is a self-regulatory body. Its main responsibilities are derived from “The Agrologists Act”. It regulates the practice of agrology to protect the public.

What is an Agrologist?

An Agrologist is a professional who is a registered member of a provincial institute of agrology. Practicing agrology includes “every act, with or without reward, which has as its objective the experimentation with or the giving of advice with respect to the principles, laws or practices relating to the production, improvement, use, processing or marketing of agricultural products, crops or livestock.” In Manitoba, only registered members of the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists can legally call themselves as Agrologists.

Agrologists are farmers, right?

Some farmers are Agrologists but farmers are not required to be registered members unless they hold themselves out to be an Agrologist.

Who can become an Agrologist?

There are two categories for full status designation: 1) Professional Agrologist and 2) Technical Agrologist.

An individual who is qualified for registration as a Professional Agrologist has completed one of the following minimum academic education standards:

a. 120 credit hour agricultural sciences degree that include 60 agrology credit hours from a recognized Canadian university; or
b. An equivalent 120 credit hour sciences degree(s) approved by the Admission and Registration Committee that includes 60 agrology credit hours from a recognized university outside of Canada; or
c. Graduate degree(s) in agricultural sciences or equivalent related discipline approved by the Admission and Registration Committee with 60 agrology credit hours from a recognized university.

The minimum academic education standard to qualify for registration as a Technical Agrologist includes completion of any one of the following:

a. a diploma from an agriculture program or an equivalent diploma program as approved by the Admissions and Registration Committee, or;
b. a diploma from an agriculture program recognized by the Canadian Association of Diploma Agriculture Programs, or;
c. equivalent to above two-year diploma or applied degree as approved by the Admission and Registration Committee that includes a minimum of 60 credits with 45 agrology credit hours related to the “practice of agrology” as defined in “The Agrologists Act”.

Are there different kinds of memberships?

There are two categories of registered members–practicing and non-practicing.

Practicing Category

    • Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.)
    •  Technical Agrologist (Tech. Ag.)
    • Agrologist-in-Training

 Non-practicing Category

    • Affiliate: For members eligible for a practicing designation, but who do not wish to practice agrology at the current time.
    • Associate: For members who do not meet the educational requirements for membership, but still wish to be associated with the Institute.

Will becoming a registered member help me find a job?

By becoming an Agrologist and using the appropriate designation, you are indicating to employers and the public that you meet the requirements for professional practice and that you are registered as required by law.

What type of career opportunities are there for an Agrologist?

The career opportunities are many and varied. Not only are there the traditional career areas that have always been part of the agricultural and agri-food industry but there are new areas such as biotechnology, functional foods and nutraceuticals, and quality assurance and food safety.

Do you need to hire a professional Advisor?

This article may help, “Hiring an Advisor for your Farm“.