201 9 ANNUA L RE POR T
In June 2019, the Government of Alberta introduced the Fair Registration Practices Act , which requires regulators to provide applicants with an interim decision on their application status within six months of submission. The decision can include advice on extra training or additional experience required. APEGA’s existing registration practices already meet industry best practices, including being aligned with the Government of Alberta’s foreign-qualification recognition framework. We treat all APEGA applicants in a 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. Enhancements for 2019 included: FAIR REGISTRATION PRACTICES ACT
adopting risk-based processing to accelerate academic and experience reviews
hiring additional staff members to support the application process
Maintaining a sustainable Council and self-regulatory system requires a healthy nomination and election process. That’s why we seek each year to improve the voting experience and increase engagement in this important activity. In 2019, we switched to a third-party provider, which enabled licensed professionals to securely and seamlessly connect to the voting module through our Member Self-Service Centre. This eliminated the need for a personal identification number and a separate login. COUNCIL ELECTION
Another enhancement was our Coffee & Conversation events in Edmonton and Calgary. These casual sessions gave attendees an opportunity to speak with candidates about their platforms, their backgrounds, and their reasons for running for Council. With a four per cent increase in participation in 2019 compared to 2018, we believe voters found these enhancements valuable. We also had more licensed professionals step forward to run for Council—showing a desire to volunteer their time and give back to the professions while guiding APEGA into the next century of public safety and well-being.
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