APEGGA's Role and Challenge
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APEGGA’s mission is "To serve society by regulating,
enhancing and providing leadership in the practice of the
professions of engineering, geology and geophysics".
Its main responsibility of ensuring that the public receives
high quality professional service is carried out by setting
standards that must be met by those wishing to practice.
DIRECTED BY PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS
APEGGA’s strategic direction is set by a
Council of 16 elected professional members and 3 government
appointed public members. A permanent staff of over 40 is
responsible for the operational aspects. In addition, nearly
500 member volunteers support Council and staff in carrying
out their responsibilities through committee and branch work.
This work is further supported by a budget of approximately
$5 million which is met exclusively through member fees.
FUNDAMENTAL LEGISLATIVE FUNCTIONS
Through government legislation, under which
APEGGA was created, the Association is charged with the responsibilities
of registration, discipline, enforcement and the setting of
The Board of Examiners sets the education
and experience standards that all applicants must meet. Knowledge
of professional law and ethics is tested, proficiency in the
English language must be demonstrated and the character of
the applicant will be determined. Organizations engaging in
the practices of engineering, geology and geophysics are registered
as permit holders.
The Discipline Committee responds to complaints
lodged against APEGGA members alleging unskilled practice
of the professions or unprofessional conduct. All complaints
are investigated and, if warranted, cases are brought before
a panel of peer judges at a formal hearing. Discipline sanctions
include de-registering, suspending, levying fines, restricting
a practice and assessing the costs of the formal hearing.
The Enforcement Committee identifies and
investigates individuals and firms, who are not registered
with APEGGA, who practice engineering, geology or geophysics
or who use these same titles which are protected by legislation.
The Practice Standards Committee develops
and publishes guidelines in all areas of professional practice
which have a direct bearing on the quality and value of professional
services to the public.
Believing its responsibilities extend beyond
those dictated by legislation, APEGGA initiates programs directed
at member development and public awareness. The Association
preserves a strong professional influence by interacting with
Alberta universities, industry and government.
- workshops, seminars and meetings are staged to facilitate
- committees provide a working forum to sharpen management,
communications and human relations skills
- salary surveys and employment advisory services help individuals
plot their career progression
- awards honour the three professions’ highest achievers
and provide incentives for excellence
- university continuing education programs respond to professional
needs identified by APEGGA
- members may participate in CCPE sponsored group auto and
homeowner insurance, life and liability insurance and registered
retirement savings plans
- the PEGG newspaper and other publications keep members
informed on matters of professional value and interest.
- liaison with post-secondary students in engineering, geology
and geophysics clarifies APEGGA’s procedures, functions
- career counselling allows youth to make knowledgeable
choices based on accurate information
- scholarships provide students with financial assistance
and recognition in their pursuit of an engineering, geological
or geophysical degree
- APEGGA responds to requests for the professions’ view
on relevant issues of public concern
- parameters of engineering, geological and geophysical
services are defined to users through various communication
STEADY GROWTH SINCE 1920
Since its incorporation in 1920 to regulate
the practice of engineering in Alberta. APEGGA’s membership
has grown from 106 to over 32,000. Today, the Association’s
presence spans the province with offices in Edmonton and Calgary,
and branches in the Calgary, Central Alberta, Edmonton, Fort
McMurray, Lakeland, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Peace River,
Vermilion River and Yellowhead districts.
It was upon the petition of a group of geologists
in 1960 that the provincial government amended its Professional
Engineers Act to recognize geology and geophysics as distinct
professions. The Engineering, Geological and Geophysical Professions
Act (1999) continues to acknowledge the uniqueness of the
The Engineering, Geological and Geophysical
Professions Act was again amended in 1999 to grant sufficiently
experienced Registration Engineering Technologists the right
to practice engineering as Registered Professional Technologists
(Engineering) within a defined scope of practice.
Engineers now represent 86% of APEGGA’s membership;
geologists make up 10.5%; and geophysicists account for 3.5%.
MEMBERS - THE KEY TO SUCCESS
The socio-technical demands characteristic
of our ever changing society repeatedly test APEGGA’s commitment
to excellence. The Association’s success in adhering to this
philosophic principle is measured by the quality of its end
product - the members. Inspiring each individual to adopt
excellence as a fundamental goal is the key to establishing
a solid, credible foundation. APEGGA challenges its members
to play an active role in influencing the outcome of issues
facing their profession. Members focus on concerns such as
mandatory upgrading, development of a professional outlook,
participation in community affairs outside the profession
and greater involvement in Association matters. In all cases,
the ultimate test of a decision is that the public interest
is being served.
Revised October 1999