A new Alberta bill introduced by the United Conservative Party aims to increase the speed at which applicants’ credentials are recognized for self-regulated professions. Under Bill 11, the Fair Registration Practices Act, regulators will be required to provide applicants with an interim decision on their application status within six months. The decision can include advice on extra training or additional documentation needed, and there is no deadline for a final decision.
APEGA’s existing registration practices already meet industry best practices, including being aligned with the Government of Alberta’s (GoA) foreign-qualification recognition framework. All APEGA applicants are treated in an equal, balanced and fair manner, based on their qualifications, not their country of origin. In addition, APEGA continuously strives to enhance and expedite its application process without compromising public safety.
As the regulator for engineering and geoscience in Alberta, we look forward to working with the GoA to achieve the goals of this act.