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APEGA Terminology

Below is a list of commonly used designations, acronyms, and terms.

Designations

+ P.Eng.

Professional Engineer
Only someone licensed by APEGA can practise engineering in Alberta. Having a degree in engineering, or having experience in another jurisdiction, does not make someone a Professional Engineer in Alberta.

+ P.Geo.

Professional Geoscientist 
Only someone licensed by APEGA can practise geoscience (including geology or geophysics) in Alberta. Having a degree in geology, geophysics, Earth sciences, or geoscience, or having experience in another jurisdiction, does not make someone a Professional Geoscientist in Alberta.

Before 2012, Members were separately licensed as Professional Geologists (P.Geol.) and Professional Geophysicists (P.Geoph.). These designations have been grandfathered.

+ M.I.T.

Member-in-Training 
Someone with the academic requirements and is working towards gaining the experience needed for a professional licence (P.Eng. or P.Geo.). An M.I.T. is registered with APEGA as either an Engineer-in-Training (E.I.T.) or a Geoscientist-in-Training (G.I.T.).

+ FEC

A Fellow of Engineers Canada, a designation bestowed by Engineers Canada. Engineers Canada is not a regulator of engineering.

+ FGC

A Fellow of Geoscientists Canada, a designation bestowed by Geoscientists Canada. Geoscientists Canada is not a regulator of geoscience.

 

Acronyms

+ AEF

The APEGA Education Foundation is a registered charity that promotes the engineering and geoscience professions to students through outreach programs, scholarships, and bursaries.

+ APEGA

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta regulates the practices of engineering and geoscience in Alberta. APEGA has served the public since 1920. Each province and territory has an association or associations that similarly regulate engineering, geoscience, or both.

+ APEGGA

Before 2012, the organization was referred to as APEGGA. Although you may sometimes see this name used, it is no longer accurate. When Professional Geologist and Professional Geophysicist became the single designation Professional Geoscientist, the acronym lost one letter and became APEGA.

+ ASET

The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta regulates the practices of science and engineering technology in Alberta.

+ EGP Act

The Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act defines APEGA's scope and responsibilities as a regulator to ensure that engineering and geoscience in Alberta are done by licensed, qualified, and competent professionals. Both APEGA and ASET act as regulators as outlined in the Act. This is sometimes referred to as the one act, two associations regulatory model.

 

Terms

+ Branch

APEGA's 10 Branches represent APEGA in their respective geographic areas, primarily in communication, outreach, and professional development. Branches have a chair and executive, elected annually by the Branch membership.

+ Council

APEGA's Council consists of 16 elected Professional Members and three public representatives appointed by the Government of Alberta.

+ Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act

The Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act defines APEGA's scope and responsibilities as a regulator to ensure that engineering and geoscience in Alberta are done by licensed, qualified, and competent professionals. Both APEGA and ASET act as regulators as outlined in the Act. This is sometimes referred to as the one act, two associations regulatory model.

+ Professional Member

A Professional Member is licensed to practise engineering or geoscience in Alberta.

+ Permit Holder

APEGA grants a Permit to Practice to an organization (the Permit Holder) that has met the requirements to practise engineering and/or geoscience in Alberta.

+ Responsible Member

A Responsible Member is an APEGA Member who oversees the regulation of engineering and geoscience within an organization.

+ The PEG

The PEG is the official magazine of APEGA. We distribute it four times a year to Members and other stakeholders.