A Tale of Two Rings
A Canadian Tradition Heads South,
APEGGA President Receives Second Ring
President Dale Miller, P.Eng., "may be the only person in the world
to be wearing two Iron Rings, both the Canadian and the U.S. rings."
So said NCEES outgoing President Dick Cottingham, P.E., at the closing
session of the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Examiners for
Engineering and Surveying held in Little Rock, Ark., recently.
Mr. Miller was invited to attend the private ceremony and, much to his
surprise, he was inducted into the Order of the Engineer and presented
with his new Iron Ring. This recognized that he has recently been registered
in four U.S. states, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon.
"My work with UMA in Lethbridge takes me to these states frequently
and they represent a substantial and growing part of our market,"
says Mr. Miller. "It just made sense for me to be registered in all
four and be able to practice in each of them independently.
"It took some work to satisfy the requirements of each state, which
vary somewhat, but in the end it was worth it. My goal now is to find
a way to streamline this process and have Canadian engineers and geoscientists
recognized in the U.S."
A delegation from APEGGA attended the NCEES Annual Meeting as part of
their ongoing efforts to negotiate bilateral mobility agreements with
U.S. states. The plan is to make reciprocity of engineers between Alberta
and participating states a reality.
A memorandum of understanding signed with the U.S. and Mexico in 1995
has not worked as well as expected. While all Canadian jurisdictions and
Mexico have honored the agreement, to date only Texas has signed on. Responding
to input from members, APEGGA Council identified mobility of professionals
as a top priority issue and has been actively pursuing potential agreements
with a number of adjacent states.
Mr. Miller says: "The meeting in Little Rock was an opportunity to
talk to all the players, state and national, at the same time and get
a better understanding of where each is coming from. It was clear from
the meeting that, although their system of licensure is different from
ours, we have much in common and professionals from both countries are
highly qualified. Agreements should be achievable once mutual understanding
and trust is solidly established and that takes time."
In the meantime the APEGGA president proudly wears both rings, a symbol
of the success that the mobility initiative has achieved so far and of
the similarity between the two systems of licensure.