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 Bulletins remain in force until the practice bulletin is repealed.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:


New Practice Bulletin in Effect

APEGA’s practice bulletin Clarifying Authentication Requirements for Drilling and Completions is in effect as of July 1, 2021, and will be enforced as of that date.

This practice bulletin clarifies authentication and validation requirements for professional work products created by the upstream oil and gas industry. It focuses on well drilling and well completion activities, as these activities represent significant, pre-mitigation risk exposure to human health, the environment, expenditure, industry reputation, and regulatory compliance.

Read the bulletin

Updated Practice Standard in Effect

APEGA's practice standard Continuing Professional Development has been revised and is in effect as of July 1, 2021. The practice standard has been enforceable as of April 2014.

The changes to the practice standard primarily reflect the new reporting functions in myAPEGA and are administrative in nature. No material changes were made to the CPD program.

Recently Published or Updated Documents

Recently Withdrawn Standards

  • The practice standard Evaluation of Oil & Gas Reserves for Public Disclosure was withdrawn on March 25, 2021.
  • The practice standard Quality Inspection of Geophysical Data was withdrawn on March 25, 2021.

Read more about withdrawn publications on the Publication Notices page

Practice Standards

Publication TitleStatusPublication DateMore Information
Authenticating Professional Work ProductsIn EffectMay 1, 2021

Revised May 2021. Enforced as of November 1, 2020.
Read more on the authentication page.

Continuing Professional DevelopmentIn EffectJuly 1, 2021Revised July 2021. Enforced as of April 1, 2014. Read more on the CPD Program page.
Evaluation of Oil & Gas Reserves for Public DisclosureWithdrawnMay 1, 2017

Withdrawn: March 25, 2021
See the Publication Notices page.

Professional Practice Management PlanIn DevelopmentN/AThe current guideline on professional practice management plans will be replaced by a practice standard.
Quality Inspection of Geophysical DataWithdrawnApril 1,  2002Withdrawn: March 25, 2021
See the Publication Notices page.
Relying on the Work of Others and OutsourcingIn EffectMay 1, 2021This standard is in effect as of May 1, 2021. It will be enforced May 1, 2022. 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 outsourcing 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 LaboratoriesIn EffectJanuary 1, 2020

Enforced as of publication date

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,  2013 
Ethical Use of Geophysical DataIn EffectMay 1, 2010 
Field Review
In DevelopmentN/A 
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 In EffectFebruary 1, 2013This practice guideline will be replaced by the new practice standard Professional Practice Management Plans. Work on this standard is currently underway.
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 EffectMarch 1, 2013 
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 Alberta

In 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.

Proposed NBC(AE) Schedules Guideline being developed with AAA

In Development Joint practice guideline being developed with the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) regarding the 2019 National Building Code – Alberta Edition.


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


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].