Terri-Jane Yuzda


PRB Enforces Mandatory Professional Development

Members Risk Losing Their Right to Practice by
not Complying with APEGGA Program

APEGGA's Practice Review Board has begun taking the next step in enforcing compliance with the Continuing Professional Development Program. The mandatory program was incorporated into provincial legislation in 1998 through the Engineering, Geological and Geophysical Professions Act and its General Regulation.

Under the program, APEGGA members are required to undertake a certain minimum number of hours of professional development activities each year and to report those hours annually. The regulations contain a provision that allows an individual to be exempt from the program requirements if the individual files a declaration that he or she is not actively engaged in the practice of engineering, geology or geophysics.

For the most part, the vast majority of members have been complying with the program. To deal with individuals who fail to report, however, the legislation now provides consequences. The regulations state, that "a professional member or licensee must maintain a written record of activities undertaken in accordance with the Continuing Professional Development Program and produce the record on the request of the Practice Review Board."

In the spring of this year, the regulations were amended to include a provision that will result in a member being struck from the register if he or she fails to produce the record of CPD activities within 30 days of being notified to do so. That means loss of the right to practice engineering, geology or geophysics and no longer being entitled to use the professional designations.

Following the regulation change, the board has begun issuing notices to those individuals who have not submitted their annual reports, requesting their records of activities. The record consists of a detailed log providing a description of the activity, the date it occurred, the organizer/provider (if applicable), the CPD category in which the activity belongs, and the number of professional development hours earned and claimed.

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