of the NLIA
Membership in the NLIA and the associated professional designation indicates to the industry that you are a professional and that the public and agricultural community can have confidence in your work. It signals to your clients that you have the knowledge, skills, and ability to conduct your work reasonably and you are responsible in the advice you provide.
There are two categories for registration, a Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) and a Professional Agrologist in Training (AIT). An AIT is someone who does not meet the requirements for full status P.Ag., however shows great merit as an agrologist and is interested in furthering their agricultural education. These candidates will be matched to a P.Ag. who will provide guidance and ensure the AIT is fulfilling all NLIA requirements. The mentor will also provide evidence of the candidates progress and program completion. AIT’s require 3 years of training under a P.Ag. mentor before registration as a full status P.Ag.
A person is eligible for full membership in the institute if they hold a degree in agriculture from a university or college recognized by the council. Alternatively, the candidate may also have obtained a degree and passed examinations to establish that his or her qualifications are equivalent to those of a person holding a degree in agriculture and has been engaged in agrology in a professional or other capacity for a period totaling 3 years post-graduation.
Professionalism & Ethics Course
The Professionalism & Ethics Course provided by the Agriculture Institute of Canada (AIC-make that clickable) is required for all members. The course registration fee is $149 + GST for non AIC members and $99 + GST for members. The fee for becoming a member of the AIC is $25. Interested individuals can visit the AIC website to complete the course and submit proof of successful completion (70% or higher) to the NLIA to fulfill this requirement. The NLIA annual fee is waived in the year the Professionalism & Ethics course is completed.