APEGGA Executive Director/Registrar
Consistently during the past few years, many members have been telling
us that the ability to move quickly and easily from one jurisdiction to
another is of ever increasing importance. The rapidly changing workplace
environment is responding to technological and communication advances
that have changed how we work, and sometimes how we think.
APEGGA Council has heard this message and has identified mobility of professionals
and one of the top priorities for action.
No Quick Fix
Council also recognizes that this is not a short-term problem with a quick
solution. The task of understanding the many different systems of evaluating
professional credentials and licensing professionals is immense. The Canadian
Council of Professional Engineers (CCPE) and more recently the Canadian
Council of Professional Geoscientists (CCPG) are working on our behalf
to deal with this problem in the international arena and some considerable
progress has been made.
Closer to home, in 1999 an Inter-association Mobility Agreement for engineers
was signed and in 2001 a similar agreement for geoscientists was also
signed. These agreements provide ease of mobility throughout Canada for
engineers, geologists and geophysicists.
In 1995 a Mutual Recognition Agreement was signed in accordance with the
NAFTA agreement with the USA and Mexico. This agreement has not been as
effective as had been envisioned due to the provincial jurisdiction in
Canada and the state jurisdiction in the U.SA.
Accordingly, more than two years ago, APEGGA Council decided that negotiation
of bilateral agreements with selected states might be more effective than
a national agreement and efforts to establish relations with our southern
neighbors began. Other provincial/territorial associations have taken
a similar approach.
Since then considerable progress has been made in raising awareness of
the mutual value of such agreements and creating an understanding of how
bilateral agreements might recognize the equivalency of Canadian and U.S.
This has been accomplished through discussions with state boards responsible
for licensure; national associations in the U.S. such as NCEES, NSPE and
PNWER; state government officials and governors; Consuls General and ambassadors;
and a major mobility forum hosted by APEGGA in Calgary in conjunction
with our Annual General Conference last April. Executive directors have
been invited to visit APEGGA to learn more about our association and to
observe our Board of Examiners in action.
APEGGA's position has been clear. Our Canadian system of accreditation
of university programs; uniform standards and quality across the country;
professional references; thorough review by our independent Board of Examiners
and the Professional Practice Exam give us with confidence that Canadian
professionals meet high professional and ethical standards. Similarly,
the U.S.A. system of accreditation, professional references and the F.E.
and P.P. exams provide assurance that professionals in that country also
meet high standards.
Although the two systems are considerably different in their focus, APEGGA
believes that the end products are equivalent and is prepared to recognize
them as such. Hence our assertion that professionals should be accepted
for licensure in either country without further examination other than
local codes, ethics and practices.
States In Our Sites
Mobility of professionals continues to be a high priority for Council
and efforts to reach bilateral agreements will be vigorously pursued.
Emphasis will be placed on Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon,
Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, California and Wyoming in particular and
others as appropriate.
Together with CCPE , CCPG and the other Canadian associations, international
and bilateral agreements will continue to be a major focus for the foreseeable