Terri-Jane Yuzda

Recent Compliance Statistics
And Examples of What We Do


Director, Compliance

Editor's Note: This column is one in a series prepared by the APEGGA Compliance Department.

Part one of the Engineering, Geological and Geophysical Professions Act deals with the issues of reserved title and practice of non-members of APEGGA. APEGGA's Council has a goal of 100 per cent Compliance with part one, and it is the responsibility of the Compliance Department to achieve Council's goal.

This and ongoing Compliance articles will provide current statistics as well as examples of the source and resolution of typical violations.

Compliance Statistics
As of May 31, 2003

Active files at Jan. 1, 2003

Files opened since Jan. 1, 2003


Files resolved for individuals 202
Ceased using restricted title 13
Personal registration 57
Verified not practicing 71
Files resolved for companies 95
Permits issued or re-instated 34
Ceased using restricted title 12
Verified not practicing 32
Active files at May 31, 2003 375

*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.


  • A routine review of APEGGA's member database revealed an oil and gas exploration company employing APEGGA members and not holding a permit to practice. The Compliance Department made contact with the company and the requirement for a permit was explained. This resulted in the company obtaining a permit to practice for engineering, geology and geophysics.

  • A member of APEGGA submitted a copy of a business card from an individual who is not registered with APEGGA. "Senior Development Engineering Specialist" was being used as a job title on the card. Contact was made and the requirements of the EGGP Act explained. Excellent cooperation was received from the individual and confirmation was received that they have ceased using a title that implies that they are a professional engineer.

  • A routine review of the Alberta Gazette by compliance staff revealed a company using the word "engineering" in its name while not registered with APEGGA. Correspondence with the owner revealed that the company is not practicing engineering. The company complied by changing its name to remove the word "engineering."

  • An APEGGA member sent in a copy of an unregistered company's corporate brochure. The wording of the brochure implied that the company is qualified to engage in the practice of engineering. Contact was made and the requirement for a permit to practice explained. Further investigation by Compliance staff determined that the activity was not the practice of engineering. The matter was resolved by the company revising the wording of the brochure to delete reference to the practice of engineering.

  • A software company employing APEGGA members was noted on APEGGA's database by compliance staff. Contact was made to advise of the requirements of the EGGP Act, resulting in the company confirming that they practice engineering, and submitting a permit to practice application.

  • A routine follow up of a permit to practice which had been struck for non-payment of membership dues and failure to submit an annual report was conducted by the Compliance Department. Investigation confirmed that the company had been inactive since before the permit to practice had been struck.


Q. Which APEGGA members can act as guarantors for passport applications?

A. Professional engineers (P.Eng.), geologists (P.Geol.), and geophysicists (P.Geoph.), as well as life members, are entitled to act as guarantors for passport applications. Registered professional technologists (R.P.T.) are currently not on the list of eligible guarantors for passport applications.

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