PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE Our Professional Practice Department provides ongoing guidance and support to help APEGA’s licensed professionals and permit-holding companies meet their professional, technical, ethical, and educational obligations. By continually strengthening and enhancing our policies and processes—from practice reviews and practice standards to continuing professional development audits—we ensure public safety and uphold a high standard of engineering and geoscience practice in Alberta.
Practice Reviews Professional practice reviews are detailed and proactive assessments examining how APEGA permit-holding companies practise engineering and geoscience. APEGA works collaboratively with companies of all sizes and across different industries to better equip them with the tools they need to meet legislated regulatory requirements and to improve their practices. Reviews are usually completed on site, though several were conducted remotely in 2020 due to the pandemic. We completed 10 more reviews this year than we did in 2019. On-site practice reviews have engaged approximately 18,000 licensed professionals since we started this new process in 2018. Beyond practice reviews, an increasing number of permit-holding companies are reaching out to us for advice on how to improve their practices and meet their regulatory obligations. In 2020, we responded to more than 1,000 email inquiries.
Practice reviews look at a permit-holding company’s:
Professional Practice Management Plan
processes for authenticating professional work products, outsourcing, and quality control management of professional and technical resources management of professional documents
45 carried over from 2019 67 approved for review 37 closed
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