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 Bulletins remain in force until the practice bulletin is repealed.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 Practice Information

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:

Publication updates

Proposed Withdrawal of Practice Guideline

The Practice Review Board has initiated the guideline withdrawal process for the Responsibilities for Engineering Services for Building Projects practice guideline. Read more on the Practice Notice page.

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. The practice standard underwent an administration revision, taking effect November 1, 2022, to provide clarity on the PPMP declaration requirement.  Read more information about the Professional Practice Management Plan.

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, 2022Read more information about Relying on the Works of Others and Outsourcing.

Previous Announcements

Update on Practice Standards, Bulletins, and Guidelines

  • The new Field Reviews of Engineering and Geoscience Work practice guideline is in effect as of August 1, 2022. Read the guideline for best practices.
  • The revised Ethical Practice guideline is in effect as of August 1, 2022. In addition to the Code of Ethics, read the practice guideline to ensure you recognize and understand your ethical responsibilities.
  • APEGA has published the How APEGA and ABSA Legislations Interact web page to help licensed professionals understand their professional obligations under the Engineering and Geoscience Professions (EGP) Act and the Pressure Equipment Safety Regulation (PESR).
  • 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.

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.

New!

Professional Practice Management Plan

In EffectNovember 1, 2022Revised November 2022. In effect as of May 1, 2022 and 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
Read the Practice Notices page.
Quality Inspection of Geophysical DataWithdrawnApril 1,  2002Withdrawn: March 25, 2021
Read the Practice 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 ServicesWithdrawnMay 1, 2013

Withdrawn: July 31, 2022.
Read the Practice Notices page.

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.
Read the Practice Notices page.
Determining the Need for Professional Involvement in Outsourced GeoscienceWithdrawnMarch 1,  2013Withdrawn: March 25, 2021.
Read the Practice Notices page.
Environmental PracticeIn EffectFebruary 1,  2004 

New!

Ethical Practice

In EffectAugust 1, 2022Replaces the February 2013 (v2.2) publication
Ethical Use of Geophysical DataIn EffectMay 1, 2010 

New!

Field Reviews of Engineering and Geoscience Work

In EffectAugust 1, 2022

 

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.

Read the Practice Notices page.

Professional Responsibilities in Developing SoftwareIn EffectFebruary 1, 2006 
Relying on Work Prepared by OthersWithdrawnMarch 1, 2013Withdrawn: March 25, 2021.
Read the Practice 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 Information

Publication TitleStatusPublication DateMore Information


How APEGA and ABSA Legislations Interact

In EffectMay 27, 2022Frequently asked questions developed jointly by APEGA and the Alberta Boilers Safety Association explaining the interaction between Engineering and Geoscience Professions (EGP) Act and the Pressure Equipment Safety Regulation (PESR). Read the frequently asked questions.


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. Read the Alberta Building Code schedules on Alberta.ca.
Professional Responsibilities in Completion and Assurance of Reclamation and Remediation Work in Alberta In EffectJuly 2012Joint practice standard prepared by six professional regulatory organizations that defines acceptable practice for licensed professionals providing reclamation, remediation, and related project management services. Read the Reclamation and Remediation webpage on Alberta.ca for more information.
Professional Responsibilities in Completion and Assurance of Wetland Science, Design and Engineering Work in Alberta
In EffectMay 1, 2017Joint practice standard prepared by the Professional-10 regarding responsibilities of licensed professionals under the Alberta Wetland Policy. Read the Alberta Government Transition Directive.

Comments?

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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].