Registration: What You Need to Know

If you are going to be practicing engineering, geology or geophysics in Alberta, you will need a license to do so. It is illegal to practice these professions if you are not registered with The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA).

Under the Engineering, Geological and Geophysical Professions (EGGP) Act, an Alberta government statute, APEGGA ensures only properly qualified engineers, geologists and geophysicists are allowed to practice, and that they do so according to professional standards and a Code of Ethics. By licensing companies providing these services in Alberta, APEGGA also ensures similar high standards of corporate practice. The Association has the power and an obligation to withdraw the right to practice from members found guilty of unskilled practice or unethical conduct.

How do I apply for my license?

To apply for a license to practice in Alberta, contact the nearest APEGGA office to ask for an application package. Generally speaking, applicants are expected to demonstrate the following:

There are a few exceptions, however:

Once you have received a registration package, complete the application form and provide the required documentation to support your application, then return the package with the applicable registration fees to APEGGA for processing. If you have any questions while completing your application, please contact the office to speak with one of our staff.

Once received in the APEGGA office, your application is acknowledged in writing and the fees are receipted. From there, your application for registration is reviewed to ensure you meet the necessary academic, experience, citizenship, knowledge, character and language requirements.

If your application meets the necessary registration requirements, it is forwarded to APEGGA's Board of Examiners for registration approval. If you are deficient in an area, your file will be assessed by academic or experience examiners, character committee, or experience committee. You may be requested to complete additional courses, write a professional practice examination, or a combination thereof, in order to meet the necessary registration requirements.

The benefits of membership

Membership in APEGGA denotes that you have acquired the academic knowledge, work experience and depth of moral character necessary to be granted professional status. It is a privilege not to be taken lightly. Your professional designation is an exclusive title that allows you to practice engineering, geology or geophysics in Alberta.

APEGGA's strength is in its membership. In adhering to this philosophy, services are designed to enhance professional and personal development. Meetings, workshops, achievement awards, and other programs are provided for this purpose. The Association newspaper, The PEGG, and other publications, inform members on matters concerning the professions. Members may also participate in sponsored group auto and homeowner insurance, life and liability insurance, and registered retirement savings plans.

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