New Authenticating Standard Available Now | APEGA

New Authenticating Standard Available Now

New Authenticating Standard Available Now

APEGA Council has approved the Authenticating Professional Work Products practice standard, and it's now ready for reading online and downloading.

We're also producing educational videos to outline changes in the standard and the obligations of licensed professionals, Responsible Members, and permit holders. In addition, we're working with our stamp supplier and finalizing policies to make the Permit to Practice stamp available to permit holders. These videos and stamps should be available this fall.

A transition period will give licensed professionals and permit holders time to develop policies and processes to comply with the new standard. Enforcement of the practice standard will begin in July 2020.

Understanding and properly implementing authentication, particularly in the digital space, is one of the most talked-about challenges licensed professionals face in their practice. The updated and improved practice standard—called Authenticating Professional
Work Products—improves definitions and adds clarity to this important professional responsibility.

Areas addressed in the new practice standard include:

  • defining professional work products to enable licensed professionals to better determine what should be authenticated
  • defining a Responsible Member's validation of professional work products
  • standardizing authentication and validation formats to enable licensed professionals, permit holder, and the public to easily identify the authenticator and the validator, as well as the dates of authentication and validation
  • discussing the uses of digital technology to authenticate professional work products
  • setting the requirements for the authentication of professional work products imported into or exported from Alberta
  • providing considerations for the retention and storage of authenticated professional work products


View the new standard online

Download the new standard (PDF)