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Professional Accreditation

Employers recognize the value of professional accreditation. Plant Agriculture's programs at Guelph are accredited by the Agricultural Institute of Canada and the Ordre des agronomes du Québec (AIC/OAQ). This accreditation is designed to ensure that Agrobiologists/Agronomes graduates have career mobility in Canada and around the world. The accreditation also ensures that the University of Guelph Agronomy program provides graduates with:

  • a sound basis in appropriate natural and social sciences
  • a general knowledge of the agri-food system
  • sufficient depth in the area of specialization
  • the ability to think critically and solve problems, especially in a team context
  • the ability to communicate orally and in writing
  • computer literacy
  • an appreciation of the arts and humanities
  • an understanding of the elements of the business of agriculture
  • a knowledge of the profession of agrology and ethical professional behaviour

The Agronomy program is designed to meet the education requirements for membership in the Canadian and American professional agronomy associations and the academic requirements for certification as a professional agronomist. Professional agrologists (P.Ag.) must be licensed by a Provincial Institute of Agrologists to practice in Canada. Each provincial institute has its own criteria but all include a university degree in agriculture and relevant experience. Contact the following for more details:

Alberta Institute of Agrologists
#375, 13220 St. Albert Trail, Edmonton, Alberta, T5L 4W1
Phone: 780-432-0663; Fax: 780-439-8414;
E-mail: PAg@aia.ab.ca 

British Columbia Institute of Agrologists
#102 - 2669 Langdon St., Abbotsford, BC V2T 3L3;
B.C. Toll Free: 1-877-855-9291; Phone: 604-855-9291; Fax: 604-855-7189; Cell: 604-854-0222;
Email: info@bcia.com 

Manitoba Institute of Agrologists
201 - 38 Dafoe Rd., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2
Phone: (204) 275-3721; Fax: (204) 474-7521; Email: info@mia.mb.ca 

New Brunswick Institute of Agrologists/L'Institut des Agronomes du N.-B.
P. O. Box/C. P. 3479, Postal Sta./Succursale "B",
Fredericton, N. B. E3A 5H2

Newfoundland & Labrador Institute of Agrologists
Atlantic Cool Climate Crop Research Centre, P.O. Box 39088; St. John's Newfoundland, A1E 5Y7.
Phone: (709) 772-6093; Fax: (709) 722-6064

Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists
5151 George Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1M5
Phone: (902) 424-4560; Fax: (902) 424-4671

Ontario Institute Of Agrologists
1 Stone Road West, 4th Floor, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 4Y2;
Phone: 519-826-4226; Fax: 519-826-4228
Email: PAg@oia.on.ca 

P.E.I. Institute of Agrologists
P.O. Box 2712, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada C1A 8C3
Phone: 902-892-1943; Fax; 902-892-0443
Email: peiia@pei.sympatico.ca 

Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists
7 - 3012 Louise Street, Saskatoon, SK S7J 3L8
Phone: (306) 242-2606; Fax: (306) 955-5561;
Email: sia@sk.sympatico.ca