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The How and Why of Protecting Professional Titles
With the Force of Law to Back it Up, Compliance Department Helps Ensure Public Confidence
This is the second installment of a regular feature in The PEGG on compliance and enforcement activities involving non-members. Please address any questions or comments to the Compliance Department.
· Individuals who use the designations "P.Eng.", "P.Geol.",
and/or "P.Geoph." on business cards, correspondence etc.
How Does the Compliance Department Determine
Whether a Title Violation Exists?
Titles such as Manager -- Engineering, Co-ordinator - Drilling Engineering, Supervisor - Arctic Engineering, Vice-President - Geology, District Manager - Geophysics and the like, in an engineering, geological or geophysical work-related context, should normally be used only by members of APEGGA.
Some occupations have traditionally used the word "engineer" (i.e. Power Engineer, Stationary Engineer and Train Engineer). The use of these terms normally does not lead others to believe that the user is a member of APEGGA. That's particularly emphasized because these titles historically and continue to be referred to in the Safety Codes Act and Regulations relating to the design, construction and installation of boilers and pressure vessels.
Titles which are not a clear violation of the EGGP Act are referred by the Compliance Department for discussion and recommendations to APEGGA's Enforcement Review Committee.
In the case of a title violation, the offender has two options to avoid legal proceedings:
· Seek registration with APEGGA, or
There are a number of mechanisms that enable the Compliance Department to compel compliance with the act. These, along with some specific cases will be discussed in the October issue of the PEGG.
Frequently Asked Question and Answer
Q. What title am I authorized to use as an Engineer-In-Training, Geologist-In-Training or Geophysicist-In-Training?
A. Members-In-Training may use the
title Engineer-In-Training, Geologist-In-Training, Geophysicist-In-Training
or the accepted designations M.I.T., E.I.T., Geol.IT, Geoph.IT. Titles
such as Junior Engineer, Graduate Engineer, Assistant Engineer and Mechanical
Engineer are not acceptable until such time as the individual becomes
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