It is vital that professionals attain and maintain the highest level of efficiency, productivity and ethical conduct possible. Now, more than ever, professionals need to do what they can to stay competitive. For engineers and geoscientists, this includes being licensed with The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).
Since 1920, APEGA has been a vibrant and progressive self-governing association fulfilling the mandate given to it by the Engineering and Geoscience Professions (EGP) Act. APEGA registers, sets practice standards and determines disciplinary actions, when necessary, for Members.
The designations P.Eng., P.Geo., P.Geol., P.Geoph. and Professional Licensee., or a Permit to Practice in the case of a company, ensure that legal, academic and experience requirements to practice have been met. They also signify adherence to the high standards and ethics of the professions. Only those individuals licensed with APEGA can practice or use titles relating to these professions in Alberta.
ENGINEERS AND GEOSCIENTISTS PROVIDE MANY OF THE ESSENTIALS OF DAILY LIVING
Professional Engineers and Geoscientists contribute significantly to Alberta’s economic success and the enhanced quality of life enjoyed by all Albertans.
The work we do allows everyone to enjoy warmth, light, power, water and the ability to travel and communicate over distance.
We might be your next door neighbour, your child’s soccer coach, the person in the seat next to you at the arena or place of worship. We are well-educated, engaged and involved in the community and in our professions.
But more importantly, we all have in common a commitment to public safety and well-being through the self-regulation of our professions.
ON BEHALF OF MEMBERS, APEGA ESTABLISHES STANDARDS AND
CODES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND ETHICS
Due to the huge impact that our professions have on Alberta, and the trust that society must place in our judgment, engineering and geoscience are regulated professions. Under the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act, you must be licensed to practice engineering or geoscience in Alberta.
While the provincial government remains ultimately responsible for public safety and well-being, it entrusts this responsibility to professional self-regulatory associations such as APEGA.
APEGA works on behalf of its Members to establish practice standards and develops codes of professional conduct and ethics that govern individual and corporate Members in their professional practice. APEGA ensures that high standards of practice in engineering and geoscience are maintained in Alberta.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO PROTECTING THE PUBLIC INTEREST AND TO EXCELLENCE IN PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
Technical competence, ethical conduct and integrity are the hallmarks of professionalism and the basis of APEGA’s mandate. Serving the public is both our privilege and our responsibility. Professional Engineers and Geoscientists share a commitment to excellence in professional practice.
We are obliged to govern ourselves according to the practice standards and codes of conduct outlined by our Association. Should any corporate or individual Member be found guilty of unskilled practice or unethical conduct, APEGA has the authority and an obligation to apply a range of sanctions, one of which is to withdraw that company’s Permit to Practice or that individual’s licence, thus, prohibiting them from legally offering engineering or geoscience services in Alberta.
APEGA’s ongoing commitment to protecting the public interest through regulating the practice of the professions is evident in our robust regulatory activities which include:
registering and licensing qualified Members
establishing practice standards
administering a complaint and discipline process
requiring professional development
reviewing Member and corporate practice
stopping those not qualified from practicing
To deliver this commitment on behalf of Members, an elected Council of 16 Professional Members, and three public representatives appointed by the Province, are responsible for directing the affairs of the Association with the aid of staff in Edmonton and Calgary.
WE HAVE OBLIGATIONS THAT GO BEYOND THE REGULATION OF OUR PROFESSIONS
On behalf of Members, APEGA supports and sponsors workshops, meetings, achievement awards, salary surveys and employment services that encourage Members to challenge themselves and flourish in their disciplines. APEGA is also able to support Members through group-buy products and services because of its buying power.
The Association is also recognized as a leading supporter of education initiatives in Alberta. Information on the exciting and fulfilling career opportunities in science, math and technology is presented to young people at the junior and senior high school levels.
In elementary schools, APEGA volunteers provide curriculum-related presentations. We sponsor math contests, regional science fairs, science olympics competitions and teacher awards and provide educational awards.
Our ongoing relationships with post secondary, secondary and primary schools, teachers, government and industry ensure that the importance of engineering and geoscience in this province is understood and appreciated. We help teach the value of science and technology to youth as we help to build the future.
APEGA MEMBERS CONTRIBUTE IN OUR COMMUNITIES, ACROSS THE PROVINCE AND NATIONALLY
Hundreds of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists volunteer annually to provide service through their work on APEGA’s boards, committees and task forces. In addition, they fulfill special roles in Alberta communities, serving as mentors, delivering presentations in school classrooms and at career fairs and offering their expertise judging and organizing events during National Engineering & Geoscience Month (including science olympics and school science nights) and Science and Technology Week (rock and fossil clinics).
Professional Engineers and Geoscientists work in industries as diverse as agriculture, communications, construction, education, energy, forestry, mining, oil and gas, and transportation. Their professional expertise is also valued on government boards and commissions dealing with issues of public safety, infrastructure, environmental concerns and Alberta’s economy.
On behalf of its Members, APEGA also works diligently to maintain a national voice on broader issues of concern to the engineering and geoscience professions through involvement with Engineers Canada, Geoscientists Canada and technical societies.
APEGA maintains a head office in Edmonton and an administrative office in Calgary, as well as 10 Member branches: Calgary, Central Alberta, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lakeland, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Peace River, Vermilion River and Yellowhead.
APEGA’s advertising strategy includes outdoor and airport advertising in both Calgary and Edmonton, as well as print advertising in trade publications across the province. Our ads reflect the theme We make a difference while highlighting the P.Eng. and P.Geo. designations.