At APEGA, we recognize that although all permit holders have the same goal of delivering comprehensive, ethical, and responsible engineering or geoscience work, their practices vary in scope, size, and complexity.
When APEGA published the revised Professional Practice Management Plan (PPMP) practice standard in November 2022, we also provided a template to help permit holders of all sizes develop and update their PPMPs. After hearing feedback that the template is more detailed than necessary for some permit holders, we developed a template tailored specifically for sole practitioners.
The new PPMP template for sole practitioners:
- is shorter than the general template, removing information that does not apply to sole practitioners.
- has revised section descriptions focused on how a sole practitioner should complete their PPMP.
- contains examples specific to sole practitioners.
Fulfilling Your Permit Holder Obligations
All permit holders, including sole practitioners, must develop and follow a current PPMP that is appropriate to their practice and that addresses each section outlined in the PPMP practice standard. The template for sole practitioners better suits the nature of their work and enables them to fulfil this aspect of their permit holder obligations more efficiently—they need only note where a section does not apply to their business.
The PPMP requirement—which is set in the General Regulation, Section 48(1)(d), and detailed in APEGA’s PPMP practice standard—helps ensure permit holders meet their obligations under the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act, holding the public interest paramount and inspiring confidence in the quality of professional services provided by APEGA registrants.
Did you know?
Approximately half of APEGA’s 4,700 permit holders are sole practitioners. A sole practitioner has one APEGA licensed professional who performs professional work and is the Responsible Member and who may also be the senior officer. Although they may work independently or as part of a smaller team, these sole practitioners take the same care to provide high-quality professional services as permit holders with dozens or hundreds of employees.