APEGA Appealing Court Decision on Engineer Title Usage

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Last month, APEGA’s request for an injunction to prevent Getty Images and Jobber Inc. from using the title software engineer was denied with a ruling by Honourable Justice J.S. Little. This ruling could be interpreted to allow the title “engineer” to be used by an individual even if they are not licensed by APEGA, as long as they do not use the designation “P.Eng.” or engage in the practice of engineering.

In response, on December 8, APEGA filed a notice to appeal this ruling to seek clarity on the permissible use of the title “engineer” and address concerns about how this decision will adversely affect public safety. 

“Public trust in engineering is built around the title “engineer,” which is associated with a standard of excellence, a commitment to the public interest, and an adherence to a code of ethics. Defending the integrity of this title is pivotal in protecting Albertans,” explains Jay Nagendran, APEGA Registrar and CEO.

This appeal is unrelated to the recent enactment of Bill 7, which specifically exempts the title “software engineer” from the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act.

With the appeal now filed, APEGA will provide updates to registrants on any developments once a response is received from the Alberta Court of Appeal.

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