Scheme for experts to verify skills
AN INDUSTRY-FIRST national accreditation scheme for agricultural professionals will be launched later this month at the Brave New World – Ag to 2030 conference in Sydney on November 28–30.
The Chartered Agriculturalist (CAg) scheme sets a new mark of professionalism for people working in, and supporting, the agricultural sector, allowing individuals to demonstrate their level of skills and experience to industry.
Ag Institute Australia chair Turlough Guerin said the scheme was important to underpin and build public confidence in the experience and expertise of the sector’s professionals.
“The chartered scheme has entry criteria for qualification levels, professional work experience, assessment of professional standards, as well as an ethics examination,” Mr Guerin explained.
“What we won’t require of applicants is to have them undertake courses specifically to become chartered.
“Think of it as an umbrella framework – we are recognising the efforts that industry leaders are already making in their professional development.”