Scheme for ex­perts to ver­ify skills

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Rural Photography -

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.”

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