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.
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 needed 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 said.
“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.”
The Brave New World – Ag to 2030 conference will also host the Brave Pitch, in which five innovators will showcase their ag-tech start-up idea in front of potential investors and supporters.
The ideas include a compostable alternative to plastic, a seasonal staffing solution, a digital farm aggregation platform, a livestock nutrition app and work using endophytes to make agricultural soils more fertile and resilient.
Brave New World – Ag to 2030, Ag Institute Australia’s National Conference, will take place in Sydney from 28th – 30th November.
The event will focus on practical, business focused presentations across four key themes;
Other highlights of the conference include:
Source: Ag Institute Australia