Practice Standards, Bulletins, and Guidelines

APEGA publishes practice standards, bulletins, and guidelines under the mandate of the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act and General Regulation. These publications are intended to protect the public interest and to outline requirements and recommended best practices for APEGA licensed professionals.

  • Practice Standard: A professional practice standard sets the minimum standard of practice permit holders and licensed professionals must meet. It is the standard against which a permit holder’s or licensed professional’s practice and conduct will be assessed by APEGA’s statutory boards.
  • Practice Bulletin: A professional practice bulletin provides clarity and guidance on a specific subject related to professional practice. Bulletins remain in force until the practice bulletin is repealed.
  • Practice Guideline: A professional practice guideline provides professional practice advice and best practice recommendations to help permit holders and licensed professionals meet their professional obligations. APEGA statutory boards may assess a permit holder’s or licensed professional’s practice and conduct against practice guidelines.

Practice StandardsPractice BulletinsPractice GuidelinesJoint Publications

APEGA licensed professionals and permit holders must ensure they stay informed and up to date with all legislative and regulatory requirements, and professional and ethical obligations and responsibilities. For more information see the following:

Practice Standard In Effect | Professional Practice Management Plan

The Professional Practice Management Plan practice standard is in effect as of May 1, 2022. A one-year transition period has been granted to allow registrants the time to comply with the standard before the May 1, 2023, enforcement date.

Practice Standard Enforced | Relying on the Work of Others and Outsourcing

The Relying on the Work of Others and Outsourcing practice standard is enforceable as of May 1, 2022.

Draft Revisions to Guideline |Ethical Practice

APEGA is revising the Ethical Practice guideline and made the draft available for the public and registrants to review and provide feedback.

Previous Announcements

Update on Practice Standards, Bulletins, and Guidelines

  • The revised Selecting Engineering and Geoscience Consultants practice guideline has been approved and published effective April 1, 2022. This practice guideline outlines the qualification-based selection process for evaluating and selecting engineering or geoscience consultants.
  • The draft practice guideline Field Reviews of Engineering and Geoscience Work is currently under development. Input provided during the submission period will be reviewed before finalizing the draft for approval.

Online Course | Relying on the Work of Others and Outsourcing

APEGA has developed an online course to help licensed professionals and permit holders understand their professional responsibilities outlined in the Relying on the Work of Others and Outsourcing practice standard. Access the course at any time through your myAPEGA account .

Learn more about the standard and the course

Practice Standards

Publication TitleStatusPublication DateMore Information
Authenticating Professional Work ProductsIn EffectJanuary 1, 2022

Revised January 2022. Enforced as of November 1, 2020.
Read more on the authentication page.

Continuing Professional DevelopmentIn EffectDecember 1, 2021Revised December 2021. Enforced as of April 1, 2014. Read more on the CPD Program page.
Professional Practice Management PlanIn EffectMay 1, 2022This standard is in effect as of May 1, 2022. It will be enforced May 1, 2023. Registrants must use the one-year transition period to familiarize themselves with the new requirements and make any necessary changes in order to comply before enforcement begins. Read more on the PPMP page.
Relying on the Work of Others and OutsourcingIn EffectMay 1, 2021Enforced as of May 1, 2022.
Read more on the  outsourcing page.
Evaluation of Oil & Gas Reserves for Public DisclosureWithdrawnMay 1, 2017Withdrawn: March 25, 2021
See the  Publication Notices page.
Quality Inspection of Geophysical DataWithdrawnApril 1,  2002Withdrawn: March 25, 2021
See the  Publication Notices page.

Practice Bulletins

Publication TitleStatusPublication DateMore Information
Clarifying Authentication Requirements for Drilling and CompletionsIn EffectJuly 1, 2021Enforced as of publication date
Supervising Professional for Concrete Testing LaboratoriesCancelledJanuary 1, 2020

Bulletin has been cancelled (quashed) by the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in December 2021. For more information, contact [email protected]

Practice Guidelines

Publication TitleStatusPublication DateMore Information
Advertising of Professional ServicesIn EffectMay 1, 2013 
Concepts of Professionalism
In EffectSeptember 1, 2004 
Considerations for Establishing a Consulting Practice
In EffectSeptember 1, 2005 
Contract Employees and Independent ContractorsIn EffectSeptember 1, 2007 
Determining the Need for Professional Involvement in Outsourced EngineeringWithdrawnMarch 1, 2013Withdrawn: March 25, 2021.
See the Publication Notices page.
Determining the Need for Professional Involvement in Outsourced GeoscienceWithdrawnMarch 1,  2013Withdrawn: March 25, 2021.
See the Publication Notices page.
Environmental PracticeIn EffectFebruary 1,  2004 
Ethical PracticeIn EffectFebruary 1,  2013This guideline is currently under revision. Deadline to submit feedback on the revised draft is June 03, 2022. See the Publication Notices page.
Ethical Use of Geophysical DataIn EffectMay 1, 2010 
Field Review
In DevelopmentN/A

The draft guideline is in development and input provided during the submission period is under review.

Human Rights Issues in Professional PracticeWithdrawnNovember 1, 2005This practice guideline was withdrawn because this topic is now addressed in other legislation, such as the Alberta Human Rights Act.
Management of Risk in Professional Practice
In EffectSeptember 1, 2006 
Preserved Wood Foundations
In EffectOctober 1, 2007 
Professional Engineers Providing Equipment Certification as Required by Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Code
In EffectApril 1, 2013 
Professional Member as a Witness
In EffectOctober 1, 2003 
Professional Practice In EffectJanuary 1, 2013 
Professional Practice Management Plans WithdrawnFebruary 1, 2013

Withdrawn: April 30, 2022. 
This guideline is replaced by the Professional Practice Management Plan practice standard.

See the Publication Notices page.

Professional Responsibilities in Developing SoftwareIn EffectFebruary 1, 2006 
Relying on Work Prepared by OthersWithdrawnMarch 1, 2013Withdrawn: March 25, 2021.
See the Publication Notices page.
Responsibilities for Engineering Services for Building ProjectsIn EffectMarch 1, 2009 
Selecting Engineering and Geoscience ConsultantsIn EffectApril 1, 2022Replaces the March 2013 (V1.1) publication
Use of Geophysical Instruments in Near-Surface Investigations
In EffectDecember 1, 2008 

 

Joint Practice Publications

Publication TitleStatusPublication DateMore Information
Professional Responsibilities in Completion and Assurance of Wetland Science, Design and Engineering Work in AlbertaIn Effect May 1, 2017Joint practice standard prepared by the Professional-10 regarding responsibilities of licensed professionals under the Alberta Wetland Policy. See the Alberta Government Transition Directive.
National Building Code (Alberta Edition) Schedules User Guide In EffectMay 2, 2022User guide has been developed jointly with the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) to support the Alberta building code schedules. See the Alberta Building Code schedules on Alberta.ca

Comments?

If you have a comment on an existing publication, or a suggestion for a new publication, please contact us at [email protected].

Questions?

If you have any questions on the interpretation of practice standards, bulletins, and guidelines, or if you would like to request a previously published document, please contact us at [email protected].