You know how accountants can become accredited Chartered Accountants? And how this denotes a high level of professionalism and expertise? Well, the AG Institute Australia (AIA) – the peak industry body for agricultural and natural resource management professionals – says a national accreditation scheme is necessary for professionals working in the agriculture industry. This voluntary national accreditation scheme will enable such professionals to become ‘Chartered Agricultural Professionals’.
Being accredited under this scheme will enable Chartered Agricultural Professionals (CAPs) to demonstrate their professionalism, commitment, education, expertise and experience. According to AIA chair Andrew Bishop, “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… 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.”
The national accreditation scheme will consist of an initial application process, renewal based on evidence of ongoing professional development and an auditing process.