APEGA's Good Standing Policy
Maintaining good standing with APEGA is a core component of self-regulation and compliance with the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act. To help us demonstrate regulatory excellence, it’s important that you understand and manage all of your regulatory and ethical obligations.
What is APEGA's Good Standing Policy?
In late 2019, Council approved a policy to provide a consistent and clear interpretation of what it means to be in good standing with APEGA. APEGA's registrar and chief executive officer determines good standing status.
The new policy applies to:
- professional members
- professional licensees
- permit holders
To remain in good standing with APEGA, you must meet the following criteria.
Why good standing matters
Engineers and geoscientists in Alberta enjoy high levels of perceived trustworthiness. Part of this can be attributed to our system of self-regulation that ensures our work is continuously being called to account before our peers. Safe and reliable professionals take their standing with their regulator seriously. As one of the many members or permit holders in good standing, thank you for your commitment to ensuring the success of self-regulation and securing the public trust.
Consequences of not being in good standing
Good standing is not punitive; it is meant to signal a cautionary period for APEGA to work with you to resolve outstanding regulatory obligations as quickly and efficiently as possible. During this cautionary period, your practice rights are not impacted but this can impact some privileges such as your ability to become a Responsible Member, volunteer on statutory board/committees, or endorse a Council nomination. However, if you are unable to meet outlined regulatory obligations within the allotted time, there will be additional consequences applied that will impact your practice rights.
At the same time APEGA, through the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act, is obligated to share information on the current standing of licensed professionals and permit holders. This means that your standing can be shared with your employer, your
customers, and with members of the public.
APEGA is here to help
While there must be consequences for non-compliance with regulatory and ethical obligations to help safeguard public safety, APEGA’s priorities are to work with you to help you understand your obligations, to prevent you from falling out of good standing or to assist you to get back into good standing, when required. APEGA is working to develop a suite of enabling tools to provide clarity and to make it easier to identify when you are trending in the wrong direction and to help get you back on track when needed. As always, APEGA staff is here to address the comments, question, and concerns of our membership.