The Agricultural Institute of Canada/ l’ordre des agronomes du Québec (AIC/OAQ) Accreditation Program was initiated in 1998 at the request of the Confederation of Canadian Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine. At that time AIC, in partnership with OAQ, set forth to accredit all university baccalaureate degrees in Canada’s eight faculties of agriculture with the goal of ensuring that graduates from these faculties met the academic and registration requirements established by the various provincial institutes of agrologists and the OAQ.
AIC maintained the program to assist those who assess candidates for certification as a Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) and the universities preparing students to enter the profession of agrology. AIC extended this professional capacity building service by assessing the substantial equivalency of production agriculture, food science, and agricultural business programs offered by foreign universities with those offered in Canada.
The accreditation program is currently under review by the provincial institutes of agrology and the universities. Students who intend to apply for certification as professional agrologists should carefully investigate the requirements of the licensing jurisdiction where they wish to practice by contacting the relevant provincial institute of agrology.
How the program works
While the responsibility for curriculum development rests with the university, the Accreditation Program provides a framework for specifically tailored undergraduate curriculum development and evaluation. Each university has the freedom and flexibility to plan a program that is compatible with its philosophy and organizational structure.
Since the Accreditation Program is output-based rather than processed-based, the university programs are assessed with regards to their provision of 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
Programs granted accreditation
The joint AIC/OAQ Accreditation Program Committee has granted accreditation to more than fifty programs at the following institutions:
- University of Guelph
- University of Saskatchewan
- Nova Scotia Agricultural College
- Université Laval
- McGill University
- University of Manitoba
- University of Alberta
- University of British Columbia
AIC International Accreditation Program
In 2007 the Accreditation Program expanded its mandate to include evaluations of agricultural programs at institutions outside Canada. These evaluations follow the same policies and procedures and use the same criteria and high standards. Click here to read more.
The National Agrology Accreditation Program relies on the many volunteers who contribute their time in a variety of roles and we acknowledge their invaluable support. The Director of Accreditation, Accreditation Committee members, Site Review Team members, participants in the Evaluation Team and those who contribute ongoing promotion of and support to the program.