Supervision + Mentoring


APEGGA expects you to be supervised by a professional member of APEGGA or of another provincial or territorial association. If you are unable to receive supervision on the job from a professional member on staff, you will need assistance from a professional member outside your place of employment who will evaluate the technical content of your work. This professional must spend enough time in discussion with you and in reviewing your work to become comfortable with its quality to be able to respond confidently to the Board about your capabilities when a reference is sought.

In addition, all plans, specifications, reports and documents of a professional nature prepared by members-in-training, examination candidates or students, must be reviewed by a professional member who assumes professional responsibility for the work.

Supervisors should keep you apprised of how you are performing and what you can do to improve; professional member supervisors in particular have a professional obligation to do so.


Although not mandatory, a mentor may be of considerable help in your development. A mentor is often defined as a trusted counsellor or guide. He or she may also be your supervisor and should be an experienced professional member of APEGGA or an equivalent organization. It may be advantageous for you to have a mentor in your discipline, as long as the focus of your discussions is not exclusively technical. A mentor from within the company may be able to enhance your potential for advancement, but an external perspective can be both refreshing and helpful. Whether from inside or outside the company, a mentor can serve many roles. A mentor should be able to discuss the important aspects of assigned tasks, from both a procedural and a technical point of view, although the mentor is not to take responsibility for your work. He or she should provide a sympathetic ear to your needs and non-judgmental advice when required. A mentor should also be an example of professional excellence, offering you the benefit of extensive experience with, and knowledge of organizations and how they work. A mentor should be able to give advice and direction and be aware of current developments and trends in your industry. For more information on the pros and cons of mentoring, you may wish to read APEGGA's Mentoring Guideline, which is available from the APEGGA offices or on the website at

1999 The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA). 2nd printing 2001
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