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NSIA Professional Development Policy

1. Scope:
The NSIA Professional Development Policy is applicable to all P.Ag. members unless exempted under section 10 of the Policy.

2. 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:

Category I: Structured Learning – an Agrology focused event organized and developed by an outside person/group, such as courses, conferences, workshops, webinars, AGMs
Category II: Self-Directed Learning – Agrology related journal articles, textbooks or other non-fiction text
Category III: Soft Skills – non-Agrology related language training, software training, 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.

3. 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.

4. 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 under Category I.

5. 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.

6. Reporting Period: January 1 to December 31

7. Submission Date: January 31st

8. Auditing:

  1. 10% of total membership in the P.Ag. category 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.
  2. 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.

9. Extension/Carryover

  1. 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.

10. Exemptions:

  1. 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. Exemptions may only occur with adherence to the Leave of Absence Policy.

11. Late Fee:

  1. As of 2021, there will be a late fee of $50 + HST in effect for all members who do not have the required 30 hours of Professional Development submitted by January 31st of each year, who have not previously arranged accommodations with NSIA Administrators.
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