Why Become a Registered Member?
Becoming a registered member of the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists is a requirement of “The Agrologists Act” if you are practicing agrology in Manitoba. The frequency or amount of your practice is not relevant. Registration and the associated professional designation indicate that you take a professional approach to your work and your career.
It means that you are committed to maintaining a standard of competence, fairness, and integrity. It shows that you are accountable and responsible for the advice you provide and the work you do. It demonstrates to your clients, customers, employer, and the public that they can have confidence in your skills. It proves that you are compliant with requirements of “The Agrologists Act” of Manitoba.
Only registered members of Agrologists Manitoba are legally entitled to practise agrology in the Province of Manitoba.
Practicing Agrology in Manitoba – Questions about Registration
Why might registration with the Agrologists Manitoba be required?
Agrology is a regulated profession in Canada including Manitoba. Every person who practices agrology, and is qualified, must be a member of the Institute, unless Agrologists Manitoba provides an exemption as provided under “The Agrologists Act“. Some others may be qualified and not practicing but for other reasons want to use the professional designation (P.Ag.). These individuals are also required to register.
Why is legislation needed for Agrology and other professions?
The Provincial government has in place legislation for over 30 self-regulated professions in Manitoba. Over 20 are in health care and the rest, including agrology are in other fields. These are the lawyers, engineers, accountants, and architects to name a few. The government protect the public interest through the legislation. By establishing who needs to become registered and by setting standards in these professions, the public, including employers, and their clients and customers can differentiate who is qualified and entitled to practice. The requirement to be registered assures a level of accountability expected by the public. A similar approach to professional registration is followed in the rest of Canada.
Individuals and companies (including the government and educational institutions) decide the kinds of products and services they will provide. Knowledge transfer, research, recommendations, and advice are frequently involved with the recipient usually expecting change or action to occur. Agrologists Manitoba’s role is to determine whether these activities and services fall within the meaning of the legislation or not. As these determinations are based on facts, Agrologists Manitoba often work cooperatively with employers and individuals to understand what they do so that the appropriate action follows.
How can I tell if I am practicing agrology?
Agrology is a remarkably broad profession. Qualified practitioners have a formal science-based education and work in occupations ranging from teaching, research, and policy to extension activities and management of resources associated with agriculture. “The Agrologists Act” provides a legal definition for practicing agrology that is compared with information from the employer and individual to determine if registration is required. The definition refers to acts (action) and advice:
“practising agrology includes, subject to subsection (2), 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.”
Isn’t that it’s just the agronomists who need to be registered?
This is a common misperception. Some believe that only agronomists are required to become registered. Agronomy and agrology are sometimes used interchangeably but they are not the same. Agronomy is one of several broad areas of agrology practice. It is true that agronomy is a significant part of the agrology profession with deep history. However, other areas of agrology are just as prominent. Examples other than those that related to production agriculture may include agri-business, agri-environment, and some areas related to natural resources policy and management.
Why should I register if others I know are not registered?
The widening scope of agrology practice and the number of agrology specialties are ahead of our capacity to follow up with everyone. Some people may simply not know about the requirements while some others “fly under the radar” because we don’t know about them. By voluntarily becoming registered you are doing the right thing; registration benefits you, the organization you work for, and the people and public you serve.
Am I qualified to become registered?
Check out Education Standards where you can find details about the education qualification standards.
I am a manager or supervisor so why do I need to be registered?
This can sometimes be a fuzzy area that can usually be cleared up through a cooperative and factual review. Some who manage or supervise other Agrologists feel that if they are not providing direct advice to a client, a farmer, or a customer, they are not practicing agrology. The Act uses the words “every act” to help clarify the requirement. Among other things Agrologists Manitoba may need to determine if an individual is responsible for developing or supervising delivery of agrology advice and knowledge transfer by others, or if she/he is involved in monitoring the quality of the advice given under his/her supervision. If the information shows that an individual is not practicing agrology then registration is not required.