has over 4300 Members-in-training (MITs). In response to demand
from MITs and industry, APEGGA has developed a program to
assist MITs in meeting the requirements for registration and
in broadening the base on which they will build their careers.
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Workshop, Luncheon & MIT Application
the final element in the professional development program
for university students, the ring workshop and luncheon can
also be seen to be the beginning of the professional development
period for MITs. APEGGA sponsors a morning workshop and luncheon
prior to the Ring Ceremony in the afternoon. Graduates are
asked to discuss and present answers to questions on case
studies relevant to the material that they have covered in
the fourth year on the professions and ethics.
are invited to join the Association as MITs; with first-year
registration fees and member dues waived as an incentive to
submit the applications that day. Through the universities,
and prior to the event, students are provided with an application
package which includes an MIT application form and information
necessary to register as a professional member.
fourth-year course, this event, free registration fees and
free dues for the first year are key to why APEGGA captures
over 90% of Alberta graduates.
continue to more formally introduce the same information to
geoscience students in their fourth year as a lead up to the
Ring Workshop and Luncheon.
Requirements for Licensure: A
Guideline for Members-in-Training, et al.
guideline is central to MITs' understanding of the Board of
Examiners' expectations once the academic requirements have
been met. It details the experience criteria for licensure,
suggested reporting forms and examples. It is a living document
that will be revised as the program changes.
confirmation of graduation, graduates from Alberta universities,
who applied to be MITs, will be registered as MITs. At the
same time they are reminded of the need to read the information
they were given prior to the Ring Workshop. Graduates are
very busy preparing for final exams at the time the Ring Workshops
are held and may not read the guideline in sufficient detail.
of the Professions Seminar: for Out of Province Graduates
many provinces students are not given as much information
about their professional association, ethics, etc. as are
Alberta graduates. This half-day seminar brings those graduates
who are now living in Alberta up to the same level of understanding
as Alberta graduates. It ran for the first time in Calgary
and Edmonton in the fall of 1997. If demand dictates, it is
presented each spring and fall in both Edmonton and Calgary.
two years after graduation, or after registration as an MIT,
there is any uncertainty as to whether the experience you
are gaining will be acceptable to the Board of Examiners,
you may have a paper review of that experience. It is an informal
review for guidance and does not guarantee acceptance of the
experience when a formal application for professional membership
series of seminars focuses on communications skills and management
skills. These are two of the five elements in the MIT's experience
for which the Board is looking for evidence of exposure. Specific
topics covered are Report Writing, Requirements for Licensure,
Career Management and Project Management.
on law and ethics covered in the national professional practice
examination does not seemed warranted because over 80% of
MITs can pass the exam on the first attempt by reading the
literature available from APEGGA. APEGGA continues to explore
ways to put the material and test on-line but, to date, the
cost, limited demand and examination security have not supported
the development. You thoughts are welcome.
is strengthening its role in this area. Since 1993 when it
produced its first experience guideline, the Association has
included mentoring as an important, but not mandatory, element
in an MIT's development. A new guideline labelled Mentoring
Guideline for Members-in-Training and Professional Members
was introduced early 2000.
its April 2002 meeting, APEGGA's Council agreed with the recommendation
not to continue the promotion of a partnership between APEGGA
and its permit holding companies whereby the permit holders
provide mentors, mentees and cash and APEGGA provides support
in terms of matching, training, manuals, ongoing support and
feedback. 8 companies who agreed to take part in the pilot
program are pleased with the training and support provided
but there is insufficient demand to warrant the ongoing promotional
cost. In lieu, APEGGA is now focusing on mentoring training
for individuals which will be available through PD Days and
Evenings and an enhanced web-based support for individuals
and corporations. Individuals interested in being mentors
or mentees and who want assistance in being matched up may
fill out an application form on the website or contact Len
Shrimpton, P.Eng, Director, Professional Development at 1-800-661-7020
separate publication for MITs was evaluated and rejected on
the basis of insufficient content. Much of interest to MITs
is also of interest to Professional Members. Articles of specific
interest to MITs will be published in the PEGG.