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 Agricultural Professional program.
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 Agricultural Professional accreditation program, 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 announced in the near future.
What are Eligible CPAg Activities?
These activities are considered any that contribute to the development of professional agriculturist 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 :
The table below illustrates a range of eligible activities and their accompanying CPD value. You can use this table to assess the value of the activities you have participated in and to record the appropriate value of that activity in your application:
|Activity Type||CPD Value (maximum)|
|Post-Graduate Study - PhD||50 (per year)|
|Post-Graduate Study - Masters||40 (per year)|
|Post-Graduate Study – Certificate||30 (per year)|
|Phd Supervising (not primary employment)||25 (per year)|
|Seminars and Workshop Attendance||5 (per day)|
|Field and Study Tour Attendance||10 (per day)|
|Conference attendance||5 (per day)|
|Refereed papers and professional writing||10 (per paper/publication- attach to application)|
|Journal Referee (papers associated with agriculture or NRM)||5 points per paper with a maximum of 25 points (per year)|
|Professional Reading||10 (per year)|
|Webinar (topic relevant to profession) attendance||5 (per year)|
|E-learning e.g. online audio courses attendance||15 (per completed course)|
|State/Regional Event attendance||5 (per year)|
|Short Course attendance||15 (per short course)|
|Present a research-based paper at a Conference||10 per paper|
|Develop and present E-learning e.g. online audio courses||25 (per completed course)|
|Develop and Run Field and Study Tours||15 (per day)|
|Develop and present Seminars and workshop||15 (per day)|
|Develop and present Short Courses||25 (per short course)|
|Develop and Run State/Regional Events||10 (per year)|
|Develop and Run Webinar (topic relevant to profession)||15 (per year)|
|Committee work (associated with your profession) including grant assessment and moderation||10 (per committee or grant assessment and moderation panel)|
|Associate or assistant Journal editor (papers associated with agriculture or NRM)||5 points per paper with a maximum of 25 points (per year)|
|Technical Editor of Journal (associated with agriculture or NRM)||30 (per year)|
|Citations of previously published refereed publications (excluding self-citations)||1 point per citation in the past year|
|Developing and writing a consultancy report for a client or for the agricultural or NRM sector||2 points per report (max of 8 reports per year)|
|Writing for industry/trade journals and magazines (not academic journals)||5 units per contribution (max 15 units per year)|
If an activity does not appear in the table, 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 Agricultural Professional 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 Agricultural Professional- 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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