ASET/APEGGA Frequently Asked Questions
December 4, 2006
Earlier this year, ASET and APEGGA had discussions with the Government of Alberta
about how engineering and technology should be regulated. The Minister of Alberta
Human Resources and Employment, Hon. Mike Cardinal, instructed both organizations
to discuss a regulatory model involving “one Act, two Associations” and
provide government with a solution that protects and serves the interests of
The discussion teams from ASET and APEGGA have distributed
two joint communiqués
outlining progress to date. As part of those communiqués, both Associations
have asked for member feedback. The following are the most common questions posed
by members, with joint answers from the discussion teams.
1. Why are we doing this and how will the public benefit?
There are a number of reasons:
to enhance public protection through more effective regulation of engineering
proposed changes to legislation will reflect the real world, where engineers
and engineering technologists work in integrated teams
recognition that qualified technologists can practice independently within
certain codes and standards will optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of
the Alberta workforce while protecting the safety and well-being of the Alberta
enhanced public protection through a stronger discipline process for
technologists ensured by disciplinary sanctions that are in line with other professional
public, industry and other professionals will be clearer on the respective
roles of engineers and engineering technologists
2. Why one Act two Associations?
This contemplated legislative framework is not a new concept in Alberta. The
health, accounting and forestry professions are under similar umbrella legislative
structures. In fact, under the Health Professions Act, a total of 30 professional
categories are regulated under one Act, including Physicians, Dentists, Laboratory
and X-Ray Technicians, Licensed Practical Nurses, Dental Hygienists, Medical
Laboratory Technologists, Paramedics, Midwives, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists,
and Registered Nurses.
3. Is a new designation being planned?
Yes. There will be a new designation of technologist who will be able to practice
independently within a specified scope. The members in this new designation will
hold the title Professional Technologist (P.Tech.).
4. What will a Professional Technologist (P.Tech) be able to do?
A Professional Technologist (P.Tech.) will be licensed to practice independently
within a specified scope of practice in accordance with applicable legislation
and the routine application of industry recognized codes, standards, procedures
and practices using established engineering or applied science principles and
methods of problem solving.
The Joint Registration Board will specify the scope of practice for each Professional
5. Will R.E.T.s be grandfathered into the new P.Tech. designation?
No – the certification criteria
contemplated for the P.Tech. designation will be different than the existing
6. Will there be an impact on the R.E.T. designation?
Yes – the R.E.T. designation
will be phased out over time. Existing R.E.T.s may retain their title to the
conclusion of their careers. However, once the new Act is proclaimed no new R.E.T.
applications will be accepted.
Existing R.E.T.s will continue to enjoy the same rights and privileges as
currently described under The Engineering, Geological and Geophysical Professions
Act (EGGP Act).
7. Why is the R.E.T. designation being phased out?
There are two main reasons for this change:
national transferability - the R.E.T. designation is only recognized
in Alberta and is not transferable to any other province
the Professional Technologist (P.Tech.) designation is being proposed
as a national designation by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists
8. Will there be an impact on the R.P.T. designation?
There will be no impact upon the area of practice. However there will be some
the R.P.T. title will be renamed to facilitate national mobility and
align with changes being considered by other jurisdictions for limited licensure
R.P.T.s will be required to be members of APEGGA only and pay fees only
R.P.T.s who wish to remain members of ASET may do so by retaining their
9. Will Professional Technologists (P.Tech.s) be licensed by, disciplined
by, and pay dues to, both organizations?
(P.Tech.s) will be members of ASET only and will pay dues to ASET
P.Tech.s will be jointly regulated by APEGGA and ASET
The joint regulatory process for Professional Technologists (P.Tech.s)
will require a number of joint committees and boards (registration, practice
standards, compliance, investigative, discipline, appeals, practice review, and
10. Will both organizations maintain their own registration and discipline
Yes - for existing designations.
For Professional Technologists (P.Tech.s), the two Associations will
create joint committees and boards for the regulatory processes.
You are invited to provide feedback by sending
an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or
online at: www.aset.ab.ca or www.apegga.org. This
information will be provided to the negotiating teams prior to the next meeting.