Editor's Note: The following statistics track
APEGGA Compliance Department activity from Jan. 1 of this
year to July 31. The department's job is to enforce the right
to practice and right to title provisions of the EGGP Act
Part 1. The Compliance Department's focus, therefore, is on
individuals and companies that aren't members - those that
may be, inadvertently or otherwise, holding themselves out
as members or practicing the professions illegally.
|Active files as of Jan. 1, 2003
|Files opened to July 31
|Files Resolved for Individuals
|Ceased using restricted title
|Verified not practicing
|Files Resolved for Companies
|Permits issued or re-instated
|Ceased using restricted title/violate
|Verified not practicing
|Active Files at July 31, 2003
* Note: Remaining compliance files included in above totals
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, directory listings relocated to
a non-restricted heading or removed etc.
The following are examples of recent violations, along with
the source and resolution of the complaint.
- Routine review of a media announcement by Compliance Department
staff discovered a company that was engaging in the practice
of engineering, geology and geophysics while not holding
a permit to practice. Contact was made with the company
resulting in voluntary compliance and a Permit to Practice.
- An industrial plant employing APEGGA members and engaging
in the practice of engineering was contacted for a permit
to practice by Compliance staff. The company was of the
opinion that the permit applied only to consultants. Once
APEGGA clarified that the permit is a requirement, regardless
of whether or not the practice is being conducted for internal
or external purposes (e.g. consultants or non-consultants),
the plant submitted a permit application, which was approved.
- Compliance staff conducted a routine follow up of a permit
to practice which had been voluntarily cancelled after the
responsible member left the employ of the company. Investigation
determined that the company was continuing to practice engineering.
Their activities had not changed due to the absence of a
responsible member. APEGGA and the company came to a voluntary
resolution. A new responsible member was engaged and the
permit re-instated. During the interim, responsibility for
engineering work was assumed by a contracted registered
- Compliance staff conducted a routine review of the Alberta
Gazette's list of recently incorporated companies and noted
a company using the word "geological" in its name
while not holding a permit to practice. The principal of
the company is a registered professional geologist, and
after contact by compliance staff, the company obtained
a permit to practice.
- A member of the public reported titles advertised by an
Alberta learning institution referring to potential careers
for graduates as "applications engineers," "computer
engineers," "software engineers" etc. Contact
by Compliance staff resulted in excellent cooperation from
management at the school and an immediate change to remove
the inference that graduates were qualified to become professional
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION
Q What activities constitute
the practices of engineering, geology and geophysics, and
how are these determinations made?
A The activity in question is reviewed and applied
reasonably and responsibly to the definitions of engineering,
geology and geophysics as found in the EGGP Act. For this
purpose, a systematic decision making process is used to formulate
a series of questions. A "yes" answer to the questions
is required before the activity in question can be judged
to be the practice of engineering, geology or geophysics.