An Agricultural Operation Planning (AOP) Certificate is required if you are preparing a Nutrient Management Strategy (NMS) and/or Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) for an agricultural operation that you own, operate or are an employee of. Your certificate number is required on the NMS or NMP you prepare. Forms used to register a farm operation under the Nutrient Management Act must also include your certificate number.
Certificates are valid for 5 years from date of issue.
* As of June 30, 2012, the Fundamentals of Nutrient Management Quiz is no longer accepted as an equivalency to Introduction to Nutrient Management course.
In addition to the courses, applicants must have specific skills and knowledge (known as AOPC Core Competencies) to effectively complete their own strategies and plans. There are also performance guidelines to follow that go beyond both the requirements outlined in the Regulation and the skills and knowledge outlined in the core competencies document.
After you fulfill the requirements, mail or e-mail a completed application to the address indicated on the form.
Tools to help you prepare your own NMS/P: