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What is an Agrologist?

An Agrologist is a science-based professional in agriculture, bioresources, food and the environment, who responsibly teaches, transfers knowledge or conducts research. 

What is the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists?

The Institute is a self-regulatory body.  Its main responsibilities come from the Saskatchewan Agrologists Act and relate mainly to regulating the practice of Agrology to protect the public from those not qualified to practice or not registered to practice or discipline unprofessional practice. 

Are Agrologists farmers?

Farmers are not required to be registered members and have and exemption in the Act. Some farmers choose to be registered as an Agrologists or Agricultural Technologist particularly if they are selling commercial products and giving advice.

What is the difference between a Professional Agrologist and an Technical Agrologist?

The basic criteria for a ProfessionaAgrologist is a 4-year undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited University or College in an Agrology related subject or as approved by the Admissions & Registration Committee.

The basic criteria for an Technical Agrologist is a minimum 2-year diploma from an accredited University, College or School in an Agrology related subject or as approved by the Admissions & Registration Committee.

Will becoming a member help me find a job?

Becoming a Professional Agrologist or Technical Agrologist, and using the appropriate designation, indicates to employers and the public that requirements are met for professional practice as required by legislation.

What type of career opportunities are there for an Agrologist or Agricultural Technologist?

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, environmental science, functional foods and nutraceuticals, and quality assurance and food safety. 

To view the various career opportunities preview the Careers in Agrology video.

Degree (4-year) from UofS in Agrology related subject or as approved by the Admissions & Registration Committee; or - See more at: http://dev.sia.sk.ca/html/registration/Process-of-Registration/index.cfm#sthash.Pixdr7c2.dpuf
, who responsibly teaches, transfers knowledge or conducts research. - See more at: http://dev.sia.sk.ca/html/about/agrologist/index.cfm#sthash.wKi0xLWg.dpuf
, who responsibly teaches, transfers knowledge or conducts research. - See more at: http://dev.sia.sk.ca/html/about/agrologist/index.cfm#sthash.wKi0xLWg.dpuf

After I submit my application, how long does it take to be reviewed?

The Admissions & Registration Committee meets every six (6) to eight (8) weeks to review applications. Once all of the documentation has been submitted to the Institute, the applications will be reviewed at the next Admissions & Registration Committee meeting. Applicants will be notified by email regarding the Committee's decision shortly after the meeting.

Note, during summer the committee meets less frequently.

Do I need to submit official degrees or diplomas and transcripts with my articling application?

Yes official degrees or diplomas are required. Photocopies of the orignials are accepted.

Can I submit copies of my transcripts with my articling application?

No. Original transcripts are required. Original transcripts can be provided by the educational institutions registrar.

After the Admissions & Registration Committee reviews the applications, what happens next?

After the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists’ Admissions & Registration Committee reviews the application, applicants will be notified via email.  Following a review of the application, the Admissions & Registration Committee may:

Once approved as a registered Articling Agrologist (AAg) or Articling Technical Agrologist (ATechAg) new members are required to pay a prorated registration fee. Within 30 days from the date of approval. Otherwise the applicant will need to re-apply. After payment is received, a receipt will be emailed. 

What are the fees?

See the fee schedule.

What happens if I am declined?

If the requirements for membership are not adequate, applicants can contact the Institute's Executive Director & Registrar to determine the appropriate steps to be eligible for registration. Contact 306-242-2606.

After acceptance as an articling member, am I eligible to work immediately?

All approved Articling members must practice under the supervision of an Agrologist until they have a minimum of three years of relevant experience in their designated professional scope of practice.

After acceptance as an articling member what's next?

Articling members must complete the required articling milestones; plus gain a minimum of three years of relevant industry experience in their designated scope of practice.  Applicants as Articling member who already have three years of relevant experience in agrology may apply for full professional status as soon as the articling milestones are complete.

Applicants must print off an "Articling Handbook" and record the completion of the articling milestones. After successfully completing all of the articling milestones, as outlined in the hand book, an application is made for full membership.

All Articling members are to obtain and record a minimum of 50 hours of continuing professional development  per year or 150 hours over three years. Annual CPD hours must be submitted using the CPD Tracker by December 31 of each year.

Who can sign my Articling Program Checklist?

Any practicing full member, including Professional Agrologist (PAg) or Technical Agrologist (TechAg) can sign to verify that a milestone has been succesfully completed. 

How long do I have to complete the articling program?

Articling members must gain a minimum of three years relevant industry experience under the supervision of an Agrologist. More information: articling program.

How long does it take to complete the Professionalism & Ethics Course and exam?

The Professionalism & Ethics Course and associated exam takes 8 to 14 hours to complete. The registration fee is $200 plus GST.

How long do I have to complete the Professionalism & Ethics Course and associated exam?

After registering in the Professionalism & Ethics Course, there are 60 days to complete the course and associated exam.  However, it is not necessary to complete the course and exam in one sitting.

After I submit my Professionalism & Ethics exam, how long until I receive notifiation of my grade?

Applicants will be notified by email of your grade 4 to 6 weeks after the submission of the Professionalism & Ethics exam.

What is continuing professional development and why is it important?

Continuing professional development (CPD) is explained on CPD Overview.

What counts as continuing professional development?

Examples of  CPD can be found on CPD Overview.

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