The Certified Practising Agriculturist (CPAg) scheme is the AIA’s program of recognition of an AIA’s continuing professional education that contributes to the development of the professional agriculturist’s skills and knowledge. The program is only available to AIA members and recognises not only the qualified CPAg for their commitment to their profession but also provides the first step for members embarking on the AIA Chartered Agriculturalist (CAg) scheme.
The program enables you to record and track your professional development experiences throughout the year with activities of different types earning Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. To obtain and maintain recognised CPAg status, a member must be able to demonstrate a minimum of 60 CPD points accrued over a 3 year period. Points earned in excess of 20 points each year can be carried forward into the next year as a credit.
CPD points can be earned by engaging in professional development activities undertaken by AIA and its Divisions across Australia, other organisations and service providers with activities that enhance professional development, and through informal and self-directed activities such as professional reading.
Is CPAg Compulsory for AIA Members?
From 1 January 2019, Professional Members of AIA will be required to achieve & maintain their CPAg status. As a Professional Member you will be requiried to commit to undertaking the 60 CPD points over the following 3 year period. For AIA members who wish to pursue AIA’s Chartered Agriculturalist accreditation scheme (CAg), CPAg is the entry level for that program.
How Much Does CPAg Cost?
An annual fee of $55 is charged to cover the cost of administering the program. This fee can be paid at the same time as the member’s AIA subscription is paid. The cost of the Chartered scheme will be $350 ($100 application fee + $250 annual fee)
What are Eligible CPAg Activities?
These activities are considered any that contribute to the development of professional agriculturalist skills and knowledge. As a guide, activities that would be considered by your employer, or your peers if self-employed, to be significant in your professional development will be eligible. However, activities that form the daily or normal work of the applicant are generally not considered eligible.
All events organised by the AIA and its State and Territory Divisions generally have CPD values and are required to carry the CPAg logo and the event CPD points value. This logo badging is also available for use by other organisations to help communicate CPD value of those events to AIA members. CPAg CPD logos look like this :
If an activity does not appear in the CPD table on the application form, you are welcome to contact AIA National Office to determine activity eligibility and/or CPD value. The table will continue to be updated.
Recording Your CPD Activities
Recording your activities and the points they carry can be done quickly and simply by logging in to your AIA Member profile and completing the on-line activity registration. To record your CPD activities, once logged into your member profile, click on ‘manage your CPD points’ at the bottom of your dashboard then ‘add points’, select the event & click on ‘submit’. This record will be assessed by the National Office and you can monitor your point’s accumulation in your profile.
Those members who achieve CPAg status are able to use the post-nominals CPAg after their name, use the distinctive CPAg logo on their web site, in their letterhead and email signatures, and on relevant stationary such as business cards, will receive a certificate of recognition annually issued by the AIA and signed by the Chair of the AIA Board. The certificate will record years of CPAg status. In addition, AIA will market and promote the value of its CPAg program and value add a member’s achievement as a CPAg. You will also be eligible to pursue full professional accreditation through the AIA Chartered Agriculturalist (CAg) accreditation scheme when that becomes active in 2019.
CPAg Assessment Process
CPAg is principally a self-reporting and self-recording system of your professional activity. However, the program does include points of assessment in determining if members activities entered are eligible, and a formal random audit process is undertaken by a panel of Senior Member's of AIA inclusive of at least two directors from the AIA Board. This panel is called the CPAg Assessment Panel. Those participating in the CPAg program can expect a random audit at a minimum of once every seven years. If the CPAg Assessment Panel identifies anomalies in a member’s CPAg application and activity record, the member will be contacted directly. Where additional activity is required of the member a grace period of 12 months is provided to correct the shortfall. If the anomalies cannot be addressed after the 12-month period, CPAg status lapses and the Member is not entitled to use the CPAg post-nominal. The Member will no longer be eligible for Professional Membership. However, if that member was using CPAg as part of a process to achieve or maintain Chartered Agricultural Professional status, that status may be lost and accreditation will not be available to the member. In addition, if any impropriety were detected in terms of breaching of the AIA Code of Ethics, AIA Membership eligibility would be reassessed.
Chartered Agriculturalist - The Journey
AIA is currently developing a professional accreditation scheme. This program is open to all professionals working in agricultural and natural resource management and is not restricted to AIA members. Entry requirements in relation to recognised professional development activity is required of non-AIA members as well, however an equivalent program in another organisation may be used. For AIA members, CPAg is the pre-requisite step to accessing chartered membership and is considered the first step of the professional accreditation journey for AIA members.
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