Members Have More Say

Following are frequently asked questions and answers about the proposed new category, under APEGGA’s Inclusivity Model.

What title will these people hold?

Council has agreed to revisit this question and will find an acceptable title based on the input being sought from members and stakeholders.

Why is APEGGA introducing the new category?

APEGGA’s mandate is to protect the public by regulating the practice of engineering, geology and geophysics in Alberta. Some persons currently practicing the professions under supervision of a professional are qualified to practice within a specific area but do not meet the current requirements for unrestricted professional licensure. This is primarily because their academic background does not meet current requirements but they may have years of solid experience. Many working individuals find it difficult to challenge exams or take university-level courses in material unrelated to their specialization but currently required under the general syllabi.

The three groups are:

Internationally Trained Practitioners
Graduates of international engineering, geology or geophysics programs who wish to practice in Canada but have difficulty establishing academic credentials.

Emerging Disciplines and Others
University science or engineering graduates whose practice is engineering, geology or geophysics. This situation often arises with specialized practitioners whose academic background does not match APEGGA’s established syllabi.

Related Science Professions
Professional scientists such as chemists, biologists, physicists, environmental scientists and medical doctors, including internationally educated scientists, whose practice is deemed to be engineering, geology or geophysics.

APEGGA believes that it is in the best interest of the public to license the practice of qualified individuals, and to allow them the right to practice within their specialized area. Unfortunately, many of the individuals in the groups outlined above are well qualified to practice engineering, geology or geophysics within their scopes, but are currently prevented from obtaining licensure. APEGGA Council believes that extending licensure to these individuals is important if we are to fulfill our mandate of protecting the public.

How will this improve public safety?

First of all, the Board of Examiners will ensure that these people have the academic qualifications and experience to qualify them to practice within the defined scope before a license will be issued.

Secondly, as members of the Association they will be subject to our discipline process, professional practice exam, Continuing Professional Development and our code of ethics, just like all other members. APEGGA believes that it is better to have these people licenced and regulated than unregulated and practicing as they are now.

How is this category different from Professional Engineer, Geologist or Geophysicist?

Individuals would be licensed to practice engineering, geology or geophysics under a defined scope of practice, based on demonstration of competence. They would enjoy all the rights and privileges of membership, including the right to vote and sit on APEGGA Council and committees, and to enjoy member benefits, but would not qualify for inter-provincial mobility until other associations have a comparable category.

How would APEGGA ensure that individuals licensed in this category are qualified to practice?

APEGGA will use a process comparable to that used for the category Registered Professional Technologist. Required is an academic background acceptable to the Board of Examiners including a minimum of a four-year degree or equivalent, in engineering, geology, geophysics, science or medicine, related to the proposed scope of practice, from a university or college. Other requirements, including experience, language proficiency, character and professional references, will be the same as for membership as a P.Eng., P.Geol. or P.Geoph.

Is there an exam route alternative proposed for these categories?

No. Due to the flexibility already inherent in the classification, no exam route alternative for academic qualification is currently proposed.

Would these individuals be able to stamp drawings or sign reports and take responsibility for their work?

Yes, but only within their defined scopes.

How would the defined scope of practice be determined?

In the same way it is for a Registered Professional Technologist. The candidate would have to satisfy the Board of Examiners that the proposed scope of practice is appropriate to his or her academic qualifications and experience.

What citizenship criteria must these practitioners meet?

They must have the legal right to work in Canada.

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