APEGGA President Responds
To Article in ASET Publication
Printed below is the text of a letter sent on
Feb.14 by APEGGA President Darrel Danyluk, P.Eng., to the Editor of "Technology
I have read with interest the article in the January/February
2000 issue of Technology Alberta entitled "Professional Legislation
for Alberta’s Techs," and decided that I should share a few thoughts
with you and your members.
First of all, let me assure ASET that neither APEGGA
nor I wish to restrict in any way technologists from entering into the
practice of technology. As was quite correctly pointed out in the article,
engineers and technologists work closely together on a daily basis as
part of the "engineering team" and technologists represent a
valued part of that team.
I firmly believe that the recent passage of Bill 18 that
makes provision within the EGGP Act for the registration of Registered
Professional Technologists demonstrates clearly APEGGA’s willingness to
recognize the special skills that certain technologists possess. This
amendment permits the licensure of technologists who possess superior
levels of academic training and experience, within a clearly defined area,
to actually practice engineering independently and accept legal responsibility
for work within their defined scope. I am sure you will agree that this
is landmark legislation in Canada and will benefit an as yet unknown number
of suitably qualified technologists.
I also want to express our appreciation to your staff,
and ours, for the excellent cooperation that was evident in designing
a registration system that will ensure fair and reasonable assessment
of applications from technologists. By this spring, we expect to see the
first licensee as a Registered Professional Technologist (Engineering)
thus signaling the start of a new era of cooperation between our two associations.
My disappointment is that, before the first R.P.T.( Eng.)
is registered, ASET has indicated through your article a cynical view
of the good efforts undertaken by many people from both our associations
as well as by the Government of Alberta. Such statements do nothing to
promote the positive intentions of the legislative amendment or the value
of this new form of licensure being offered.
APEGGA appreciates your quest for independent registration
of technologists and has stated in the past our support for legislation
that does not in any way provide for a scope of engineering practice.
The EGGP Act has entrusted APEGGA with the responsibility to protect the
safety and interests of the public by ensuring that only fully qualified
and licensed individuals are permitted to engage in the practice of engineering.
This is accomplished through registration and discipline of members, enforcement
of our strong code of ethics, accreditation and qualification of academic
programs, enforcing standards of practice, and a mandatory continuing
professional development program.
The recent legislative provision for licensure of R.P.T.s
provides a mechanism whereby those individuals who have proven they are
fully qualified within a certain scope of practice may be recognized for
the work they are doing. In addition, technologists who wish to accept
greater responsibility may gain full engineering status by either challenging
appropriate examinations or engaging a program of studies leading toward
an accredited degree. Many technologists have availed themselves of these
opportunities in the past and are enjoying rewarding engineering careers.
In closing, may I say that I have the pleasure of working
closely with numerous technologists in my daily life and have the utmost
respect for their abilities. I have observed engineers and technologists
working together, harmoniously, as part of the engineering team and this
has led, in large part, to the high level of respect in which Alberta
companies are held. I am hopeful that, with these new initiatives fully
in place, we can move forward positively together in fulfilling our obligation
to the society and economy of Alberta.
Darrel J. Danyluk, P.Eng.