Guideline for Experience Requirements
for Professional Membership
outlines the mandatory elements of experience that are necessary to
meet the registration requirements and the voluntary elements that will
enable you to grow beyond those standards after registration.
the responsibility for professional development is meant to be a joint
task of the candidates, supervisors, mentors and employers, candidates
must assume the primary role in ensuring that they get the appropriate
experience. The management of one's own career has become increasingly
important as job security has declined, short-term contract work has
increased and the possibility of being supervised by a non-professional
should be shared and discussed with those you work for, preferably even
prior to accepting a position, to ensure that the position has the requisite
elements. Of course, having the right elements of experience in a position
and following the advice in this brochure does not guarantee that you
will meet the registration requirements. Of equal importance to APEGGA's
Board of Examiners (the Board) is how well you carry out your responsibilities
and this will be confirmed by the references you nominate when you apply
for professional membership.
should be no surprises. This brochure is designed to let you know what
the Board's expectations are. The Professional Members you will be working
for have a responsibility to keep you appraised of how you are performing
and what you can do to improve. Performance review by professionals
is a critical element in the registration process and your choice of
references is therefore very important. The references must be candid
with the Board about your performance without undue concern for whether
their comments may delay your registration. There will be obvious differences
of opinion between members as to what the standards of performance should
be and how the candidate is performing to those standards, but the Board
tries to balance such differences in coming up with a reasonable decision.
meet the academic requirements, the issue of what constitutes acceptable
experience can be simplified by asking yourself "Have I been applying
the scientific principles that I have learned?". Subject to the
need to be working to North American standards, if you can confidently
say "Yes", then you can be more confident that you have been
practicing engineering, geology or geophysics. The acceptance of your
experience will then rest on the Board's evaluation of quantity and
content, and the references' opinions concerning your performance.
do not meet the academic requirements, the issue of experience is particularly
important because the details of your experience may affect the examination
you meet academic requirements or not, careful documentation of all
experience is essential, but in the latter case it is particularly important
since the Board may reduce the number of examinations assessed on the
basis of qualifying experience.
have a degree in engineering, geology or geophysics and have met the
academic requirements by virtue of accreditation or passing confirmatory
examinations, at least four years of experience acceptable to the Board
are required. In general, this experience must be obtained after completion
of the academic requirements. However, up to 6 months of credit may
be awarded for qualifying pre-degree summer, co-op or intern work or
do not have a degree in engineering, geology or geophysics and have
met the academic requirements by passing APEGGA course by course examinations
or University equivalents, a total of at least 8 years of experience
acceptable to the Board is required. At least one of these 8 years must
be obtained after completion of the examinations.
do not fully meet the academic requirements, the Board may consider
a reduction in examinations on the basis of extensive high quality experience
and evidence of outstanding technical ability. If you have been assessed
confirmatory examinations this option will be considered if you have
a minimum of 10 years experience, although more may be required if your
engineering degree is not on the Foreign Degree List. If you have been
assessed examinations on a course by course basis at least 6 years of
experience are necessary for any reduction to be considered.
will evaluate whether your experience contains the following five elements.
of Technical Theory
of Management Skills
of Communication Skills
of the Understanding of the Societal Implications of the Work Performed
show evidence of a significant expenditure of time on the application
of technical theory and of practical experience. Ours are technical
professions and demand that you show technical proficiency. Exposure
to management skills, development of oral and written communication
skills and the understanding of the societal implications of what you
do will be considered as integral to the learning experience but requiring
lesser exposure. These last three will take on a much greater significance
as your career develops.
the above five elements have subcomponents that vary in the degree to
which they must be evident in your experience. The following paragraphs
detail these subcomponents.
of technical theory must include selecting solutions and problem
solving, preparing and checking of designs or interpretations, showing
evidence of sound technical judgement and practices, and in general
showing familiarity with the use and application of pertinent technologies,
procedures, systems and programs. It may include becoming familiar
with the collection, analysis and understanding of information and data.
However, data collection and analysis should not be the major component
of your assigned tasks for a significant period of time.
experience must include exposure to work site operations, developing
a recognition of limitations in designs, interpretations or recommendations,
and the understanding of the application of pertinent Codes and Regulations.
It may include acquiring an understanding of the interdependence
of disciplines, systems and activities, and developing working relationships.
of management skills must include managing personal and project
resources, involvement in planning, scheduling, budgeting and cost control,
developing team skills, understanding professional and business ethics,
and keeping appropriate records. It may include developing an
understanding of corporate structure, legal aspects of contracts, quality
assurance programs and cost impact studies.
of good oral and written communication skills is essential for a good
professional. Your experience must show evidence of the preparation
of written technical reports and of making oral presentations to management,
peers or the public.
between the professions and society have become very much an issue of
public scrutiny. Your experience must show evidence of acquaintance
with such matters as safeguards and benefits to the public, and the
roles and responsibilities of regulatory agencies in your specific field
of professional practice.
expected that, with regard to the last three elements of experience
that candidates will take seminars or courses to fulfill the requirements
in preparation for more responsible positions even if the early positions
do not demand their development and understanding.
by a Professional Member is expected. 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 the company who will evaluate the
technical content of your work. This professional must spend enough
time in discussion with you and reviewing your work to become comfortable
with its quality in order to respond confidently to the Board about
your capabilities when a reference is sought. In addition, all plans,
specifications, reports or documents of a professional nature authorized
by a Member-In-Training require supervision by a professional Member
who assumes professional responsibility.
is not a mandatory requirement but having a mentor may be of considerable
help in your development. A mentor is often defined as a trusted counselor
or guide. He or she may also be your supervisor. He or she should be
an experienced professional member of APEGGA or an equivalent organization.
There may be advantages in having a mentor in the same discipline as
long as the focus of 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, the mentor can serve many roles.
will be able to discuss the important aspects of assigned tasks, both
from a procedural and technical point of view although he/she is not
to take responsibility for the work. He or she can provide a sympathetic
ear to your needs and non-judgmental advice when required. Needless
to say, a mentor should be an example of professional excellence. He
or she will have extensive experience with and knowledge of organizations
and their operations, procedures and objectives. A mentor should be
able to give advice and direction, and should be aware of current changes,
developments and trends in industry.
perspective on the pros and cons of mentoring you may wish to read "Beyond
the Myths and Magic of Mentoring", by Margo Murray, Jossey-Bass
Inc. Publishers. It focuses on the mentor, rather than the line supervisor,
as the leader in the candidate's professional development.
OF EXAMINERS GUIDELINES
clarifies what the Board generally considers to be acceptable for specific
types of experience.
American Work Standards - the Board expects that you are performing
to North American technical and ethical standards and codes. Working
for North American companies overseas, or for International organizations
whose standards meet those of North American jurisdictions, may be acceptable
but you will have to show evidence of equivalent standards. The Board
must also be convinced that candidates with training and experience
in warmer climates have been exposed to and understand the effects that
the colder Canadian climate has on the practice of their profession.
Degrees - Experience credit for post graduate degrees in Engineering
will not normally exceed 50% of the 4 years experience requirement.
Additional experience credit may be granted if the post graduate studies
have involved in-depth engineering analysis and design as part of the
research program. If the degree is the only North American experience
you possess, the Board may ask for additional experience beyond the
post graduate studies experience.
credits will only be granted for time spent in full time study towards
a post graduate degree at CEAB/ABET accredited institutions. The post
graduate degree must bein the same branch of engineering as the undergraduate
degree to be considered.
received their undergraduate engineering degree from a University not
on a CEAB, ABET or MRA accredited university program and have completed
their graduate studies at CEAB or ABET accredited institution, the board
will normally look to exempt the applicants from confirmatory exams
after a review of the transcripts. This review will be directed to satisfy
the board that equivalent courses to those that would be assigned confirmatory
exams have been completed at CEAB/ABET accredited institutions. In this
situation, if the confirmatory exams are waived the experience credit
for the post graduate degree will automatically be reduced by six months.
credits will not automatically be granted upon completion of an advanced
degree but must be requested via the application for professional registration
submitted to APEGGA. In order to request experience credits for post
graduate academic studies, the following additional information must
title page, abstract page, recommendation and conclusion portion of
thesis or project report.
* A letter
of recommendation from your thesis supervisor which includes a statement
about the engineering experience and engineering contribution of the
research as reported in the thesis.
is looking for increasing responsibility and accountability undertaken
by the applicant during the research program.
Geology and Geophysics graduate degrees, post doctoral and research
work will be considered using the same principles as mentioned above
acceptable experience - there are many types of experience
that may be given full credit, but the following list represents those
for which additional documentation will be required. Such documentation
must confirm the percentage of time spent on the technical aspects of
the professions and provide evidence that the principles of engineering
or geoscience are being applied. Orientation programs, administration
and management may also be acceptable forms of experience if conducted
in an engineering or geoscience environment. However, it will be to
your advantage if your experience is not exclusively in any one of the
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supervisor or mentors are not sure whether your experience is acceptable,
you may submit an experience record to the Association for a preliminary
review after two years. At times other than the midpoint, APEGGA staff
may be able to provide you with useful advice. Please note that this
is an informal review for guidance purposes, and does not guarantee
acceptance of experience when a forma application for registration as
a Professional Member is made.
are four good reasons to carefully document your experience. Firstly
you will need detailed information on your experience in order to convince
the Board of Examiners that you have been practicing engineering, geology
or geophysics. Secondly, if you are working in a remote area without
close professional supervision, or if your supervision comes from a
professional outside the company whom you see infrequently, it will
be essential to have good documentation. Thirdly, some jurisdictions
in Canada, which provide the same functions as APEGGA, demand a log
book of your experience. If you expect to move or want the flexibility
to be able to move, it is a good idea to maintain a detailed diary.
Finally, after you are registered as a Professional Member there is
a mandatory requirement, as part of the Continuing Professional Development
Program, that you document any developmental programs that have enabled
you to maintain your competence. Starting early in your career to document
your experience and developmental programs is a good habit. The Continuing
Professional Development Guideline will be provided to you upon registration.
on the first reason for documentation, the Board of Examiners needs
evidence that you have experience in the five elements mentioned earlier
i.e. that you have sufficient experience at a fully professional level.
The Board requires information on position titles, job descriptions,
specific assignments and responsibilities, values, successes, degrees
of independence and initiative needed, and evidence of increasing levels
of responsibility. It may be useful to break down the information into
meaningful time (no less than 6 month) or project segments with no more
than a page dedicated to each segment. A typical resume doesn't usually
provide the detail required. A separate listing of the professional
development courses and seminars taken will be needed.
have been advised by the Board of Examiners that you have been registered
as a Professional Member you will be invited to a Member Induction Ceremony.
These ceremonies, which are conducted in various locations around the
province, were introduced for the first time in 1995. At the ceremony
you will be introduced to the Professions by your sponsor, usually one
of the members you nominated as a reference, and you will be asked to
repeat an oath. Attendance is voluntary but it is hoped that the Induction
Ceremony will become accepted as a meaningful recognition of a major
milestone in the development of Professional Engineers, Geologists and
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