APEGGA's Role and Challenge
APEGGA — THE ROLE & CHALLENGE
RESPONSIBILITY TO THE PUBLIC
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
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
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 practice standards.
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.
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.
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 three professions.
The Engineering, Geological and Geophysical Professions Act was again amended in 1999 to grant sufficiently experienced technologists the right to practice engineering as Registered Professional Technologists 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.