Tue 03, Oct 2017
AIA CALLS FOR AGRICULTURAL PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION SCHEME
Monday 2nd October 2017
A national accreditation scheme for professionals working in the agricultural sector is an essential development which will benefit individuals and industry as a whole.
This is according to Andrew Bishop, chair of Ag Institute Australia (AIA), the peak body representing agricultural and natural resource management professionals.
AIA is developing a voluntary scheme which will enable Chartered Agricultural Professionals (CAPs) to demonstrate the professionalism, commitment, education, expertise and experience to make a difference in a client's business.
“The accreditation scheme is aimed at protecting the reputation and service delivery capability of those working in the agricultural, agribusiness and natural resource management sectors,” Mr Bishop explains.
“The scheme would underpin the confidence of the public and the profession that the advice and services provided by CAPs will promote best practice standards.”
Mr Bishop believes an accreditation scheme has become a higher priority in recent years as private sector consultants increasingly take on roles once occupied by government employed specialists.
“Over the last two decades or so, government agencies have reduced their staff numbers and now employ more private sector consultants to deliver programs for agriculture,” he says.
“Accreditation offers an opportunity for consultants to have their skillset independently quantified, and helps ensure contractors receive quality advice from consultants.”
Thenational accreditation scheme will focus on three areas of professional development, being technical skills, professional and ethical standards, and continuing professional development.
The scheme will consist of an initial application process, renewal based on evidence of on-going professional development, and an auditing process.
“Many countries around the world have accreditation schemes for professionals in agriculture - in the United States, some 13,000 professionals are either Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) or Certified Professional Agronomists (CPAg), while in Canada, over 10,000 professionals are registered as professional Agrologists,” Mr Bishop says.
“We believe it is time Australia installed a national accreditation scheme for Chartered Agricultural Professionals, which will complement some industry specific schemes already in place.”
Ag Institute Australia (AIA) has released the Professional Accreditation - A Chartered Agricultural Professional Scheme Policy Paper, designed to inform and guide discussion on the development of a national accreditation scheme.
You can find the Policy Paper here.
Mr Bishop is available to discuss the Professional Accreditation - A Chartered Agricultural Professional Scheme Policy Paper, how a national accreditation scheme could be developed, and its potential impact on industry.
For more information please contact David Cussons at CussonsMedia:
m: 0404 853 827
Ag Institute Australia is the peak industry body for agricultural and natural resource management professionals. The organisation is committed to advancing the profession, and the application of science and technology, for the sustainable development of agriculture and natural resource management in Australia. Ag Institute Australia members are engaged in a wide range of activities including research, education, government, agribusiness and private consulting.