Section 40 of the Agrology Profession Act requires mandatory registration for an individual who "is qualified to meet the requirements under section 22(2)" AND who “intends to provide professional services to the public OR to supervise regulated members who provide professional services to the public”. Section 41 of the Act specifies the legal action that may be taken against an individual if a request to register with AIA is ignored.

Being a "regulated member with a designation" carries responsibility, authority and recognition. In Alberta, regulated members practicing agrology comprise the following four designations:

  • An Agrologist In-Training (AIT) must meet the educational requirements and be approved for registration by the Registration Committee. Upon completing the In-Training Program, the AIT is eligible to become a PAg.
  • An Agrology Technologist In-Training (ATT) must meet the educational requirements and be approved for registration by the Registration Committee. Upon completing the In-Training Program, the ATT is eligible to become an RTAg.
  • Professional Agrologist (PAg) has completed the In-Training Program and has at least three years of agrology-related work experience after their first eligible degree. A PAg has the ability to use the seal and/or stamp of the Institute on their documents.
  • Registered Technologist in Agrology (RTAg) has completed the In-Training Program and has at least three to five years of agrology-related work experience after their first eligible diploma, applied degree, or degree. An RTAg has the ability to use the seal and/or stamp of the Institute on their documents.

The PAg and RTAg designations are both authorized to sign off on all professional work where competent to do so. Additionally, these professional designations may command a higher wage and provide an edge when competing for jobs or clients.