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Professional Development

Professional Development Reports are due October 31st. 
Thirty hours of professional development are required per year.  Members can record their pd information by using the members only feature of our website or by completing a form and submitting it annually to our office.  The details of the program are outlined in the following information.

Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists
Professional Development Program

1. Categories:
Focus on agrology related education only, and have a narrow range of acceptable training that is directly related to the member’s area(s) of practice (i.e. training related to first aid, WHMIS, office software will not be accepted for credit):
Category I: Structured Learning (agrology related courses, conferences, workshops, webinars)
Category II: Personal Development (agrology related reading, audio, video)
Category III: Soft Skills (language, software, project management, facilitation)

Note: You will need to declare your area(s) of practice and your Professional Development (PD) hours must be reasonably related to those areas.

2. PD Requirements:
Required hours (or credits) of 30 per year (with a minimum of 10 in Category I, Maximum of 5 in Category III) and submit annual reporting.

3. You will be able to receive credits if you attend NSIA sponsored events (Annual Meetings, Semi-Annual Meetings / Workshops / Lunch & Learns, Fall Tour, etc.) or if you attend certain events sponsored by others.

4. YOU are responsible for tracking events on the NSIA website or in an excel spreadsheet (provided by NSIA) and have all background information (agendas, readings, programs) available in case of an audit. Members will be responsible for updating their own file, with an annual reporting date no later than January 31 each year for activities ending on December 31 of each year.

5. Auditing:

a. 10% of total membership will be randomly selected each year to submit paperwork (hardcopy or electronic) to support claimed hours (random audit). Audited members will have 30 days from an audit request to submit supporting paperwork. Failure to meet this deadline results in a failure to pass the audit. Note: names go back in the audit hat for subsequent years.
b. Failure to pass the audit (i.e. insufficient paperwork or late submission of paperwork) results in an automatic audit for the next year (i.e. a probation period). Failure to pass the audit in the second year results in the failure to meet the PD requirements and a subsequent membership review by NSIA Council.
c. If members are unable to meet the PD credit requirements in any one year, they can apply to NSIA Council to have a 1 year extension to achieve the full 2 year requirement of 60 credits with a minimum of 20 hours in Category 1. Any such arrangements would automatically require an audit in the second year. Failure to pass this audit would result in a failure to meet PD requirements and a subsequent membership review by NSIA Council.
d. Members can apply to Council to be excused for one year from acquiring credits in situations such as maternity leave, unemployment, or long term illness.

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