Draft APEGGA Guidelines Ready for Comment

APEGGA’s Practice Standards Committee has prepared near-final drafts of a revised guideline and a revised position paper. Also, a third document has reached its final version and is now available online and in hardcopy.

The position paper Concepts of Professionalism has been revised to discuss the professionalism ideal by answering the following questions: “What is professionalism? What are the implications for APEGGA members and their actions? What are the challenges to professionalism? How can professionalism be encouraged?”

It’s an important position paper for all members. If professional standards are not maintained, the privilege of self governance can be revoked.

The guideline Advertising of Professional Services has been updated to more fully discuss electronic advertising. Advertising of professional services has significant potential to influence the public perception of the professions and the relationships between members and their clients.

This guideline establishes the parameters within which all advertising of professional services decisions are to be made.

The two documents are available here:

You may request a hardcopy of the drafts by calling (780) 426-3990 or toll free, 1-800-661-7020.

Before completing final drafts, the Practice Standards Committee welcomes comments that may help improve the documents. Please direct your suggestions, before March 31, to:

APEGGA Practice Standards Committee
c/o Lianne M. Lefsrud, P.Eng.
Assistant Director Professional Practice
1500 Scotia One, 10060 Jasper Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 4A2
E-mail: llefsrud@apegga.org

Concepts of Professionalism

Following are few excerpts from the Concepts of Professionalism position paper.

. . . With self-regulation, Professional (Members) are granted a fair degree of autonomy, prestige, and influence. It is only through the trust of the public, that they are afforded such autonomy. Professional status should not be taken for granted – others continually struggle for such privileges. However, the privilege of being a self-regulated profession is not without responsibility and associated accountability. To protect public welfare, professionals must continually conduct themselves to the highest ethical and professional standards. The standard of ethical behaviour supersedes what is considered legal. . .

. . . To continually protect the public, it is essential for professionals to engage in lifelong learning such as sustained study of professional ethics and technical issues by reading journals or attending technical courses, seminars, and conferences. Professionals identify with the professed body of knowledge and are willing to expend time and energy to keep up to date with it, promote its growth, expansion, development and use in the service of society. . .

. . . Professionals must recognize that trust is carefully conferred and must be protected. Trust is fragile and easily lost. Yet, they can’t serve the public or even clients, if their professional judgments aren’t trusted. . .

. . . The mentor should act as a role model of professionalism and ask him or herself: “What can I do to exhibit professionalism? Have I lived up to the Code of Ethics day by day? Am I proud to call myself a Professional Engineer/Geologist/Geophysicist? Have I demonstrated expertise and commitment to the growth and development of the profession?”. . .

Advertising of Professional Services

Following are few excerpts from the guideline Advertising of Professional Services.

. . . The Code of Ethics establishes the duty of Professional Members to maintain the dignity and prestige of their profession. They must act with fairness and good faith toward other Professional Members in advertising professional services and maintain the image of the professions. Advertising of professionals services has significant potential to influence public perception of the professions as well as the individual relationships between members and their clients. . .

. . . Electronic media is of ever increasing important and popularity on the local, national and global scene for the dissemination and gathering of information. With such a large audience it becomes doubly important that the guiding principles for advertising by Professional Members be carefully adhered to. . .

Guideline for Environmental Practice

A third guideline is now complete and posted on-line. The updated Guideline for Environmental Practice was approved by Council for publication.

The guideline is a revision of the 1994 document Environmental Practice – A Guideline. The new version recognizes changes in environmental standards and practices in Alberta, including those relating to sustainability and climate change.

For a hardcopy, call (780) 426-3990 or 1-800-661-7020.

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