Agricultural Operation Planning (AOP) Certificate

Agricultural Operation Planning (AOP) Certificate

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.

Certificate does not expire (effective January 1, 2022).

PDF Icon AOP Certificate Information Summary Sheet

Requirements for Certification:

1.  Take the Required Courses

Introduction to Nutrient Management

Regulations and Protocols

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.

2.  Apply for Certificate

After you fulfill the requirements, mail or e-mail a completed application to the address indicated on the form.  

PDF Icon Application for Agricultural Operation Planning Certificate

Preparing your own Nutrient Management Strategy/Plan (NMS/P)

Tools to help you prepare your own NMS/P:

  • AgriSuite software.  Available for free from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
  • A course is offered to teach you how to use the software - How to Prepare a NMS&P Course
  • Workbook to Prepare by Hand.
    • The Nutrient Management Strategy/Plan Preparation Workbook provides a step-by-step guide to completing a NMS/P without the AgriSuite computer software.

Reviewed 09/22/2023


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This Project is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs