Activity Report

Editor’s Note: The following statistics track this year’s APEGGA Compliance Department activity from Jan. 1 to Jan. 31. The department’s job is to enforce the right-to-practice and right- to- title provisions of the EGGP Act Part 1. The Compliance Department’s focus, therefore, is on individuals and companies that aren’t members – those that may be, inadvertently or otherwise, holding themselves out as members or practicing the professions illegally.

Active files as of January 1, 2004  
Files opened during period  
Files Resolved for Individuals  
   Ceased using restricted title
   Personal registration
   Verified not practicing
   Files Resolved for Companies
   Permits issued or reinstated
   Ceased using restricted title/violating
   Verified not practicing
Active Files at January 31, 2004  

*Note: Compliance files not mentioned above were resolved for various other reasons such as confirmation that an individual or company is already registered with APEGGA, verification that an individual contacted is not living or working in Alberta, clarification that a company is actually a trade name of a member etc.


The following is a sampling of recent compliance and enforcement activities.

• An individual who was using the P.Eng. designation and the title “Senior Development Engineer” on a business card, was brought to the Compliance Department’s attention by a member of the public. After Compliance staff discussed the matter considerably with the individual, the individual applied for professional registration and is now registered with APEGGA.

• Five companies, all of which employ professional engineers but did not hold permits to practice, were contacted by the Compliance Department to verify their activities. As a result, it was determined that their activities do constitute the practice of engineering as defined in the EGGP Act, Section 1 (q). After the requirement for a permit to practice was explained, all five companies submitted applications and are now registered with APEGGA.

• A compliance file was initiated on a company with “engineering” in its name and employing one professional engineer. Because the company employed a professional engineer it was assumed that it was involved in engineering and a permit to practice would be required. Through discussions with the owner, the Compliance Department verified that the company was not practicing engineering. The matter was resolved once the name was changed to remove the word “engineering.”

• An unregistered company with “engineering” in its name was brought to the Compliance Department’s attention by a member of the public. Upon following up on the complaint, the Compliance Department verified that the company is actually the trade name of an APEGGA member, and a permit to practice is not required.

• A company offering Phase 1, 2 and 3 environmental site assessments was contacted by the Compliance Department. After considerable discussions with management at the company, it obtained a permit to practice.

• A company employing several professional engineers, geologists and geophysicists came to the Compliance Department’s attention. Contact was made and it was verified that the company does hold a permit to practice, but under its previous name. The matter was resolved by updating the name on the permit.

• An advertisement for a “manufacturing engineer” was placed in a Calgary newspaper by a company that did not hold a permit to practice. Upon being notified of the permit requirement, the company submitted an application.

• Two oil and gas companies employing professional engineers, geologists and geophysicists were contacted by the Compliance Department. Both companies registered with APEGGA after the permit requirement was brought their attention.


Q. What are the fees involved in obtaining a Permit to Practice?

A. The initial cost is $335, which includes the application fee and the first year’s dues. Thereafter, annual dues will be invoiced, at $335, annually on each anniversary of the month of issue.

In 2003 a change was made to the permit to practice fees to assist smaller companies with the cost. As of January 2003, a permit holder may apply for a 50-per-cent dues reduction in annual dues if:

a) The permit holder has only one professional engineer, professional geologist, professional geophysicist or registered professional technologist as a full-time employee or member of the firm, and

b) The gross revenues of the firm did not exceed $250,000 in the preceding 12 months.

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