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APEGA Professionalism and Ethics. Unlock the Potential  Best profession  Solid foundation  Opens many doors  technical & non-technical  national.

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1 APEGA Professionalism and Ethics

2 Unlock the Potential  Best profession  Solid foundation  Opens many doors  technical & non-technical  national & international  My background

3  Technical  Learning  Problem-solving  Communication  Leadership  Integrative Skill Set Required

4  Engineers, geologists and geophysicists contribute big time to the Alberta Advantage  $18 billion in revenues generated  Thousands of jobs created  Expertise among the best in the world Impact on Society

5  Engineers, geologists and geophysicists impact many aspects of public welfare  Resource Industries  Manufacturing  Communications  Transportation  Water & wastewater  Power  Construction Impact on Society

6 All Members October 1, 2012

7 All Permits October 1, 2012

8  Esteemed position  Education gives you skills and knowledge that most can’t understand  Public must trust your judgement  If you meet the public’s expectation, the public will respect you  Generally expected to behave to higher standard Trust of and Respect from Society

9  Regulated  Impact  Trust  Focus capabilities on areas that benefit society and protect the public interest  Set up bodies to regulate Control the Quality

10  The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta  Your Professional Association  Mandatory membership/licensure  Not a Technical Society What is APEGA?

11  The Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act  Privilege of self-governance  Right to title  Exclusive scope of practice  Defines practice  APEGA’s role  Governance APEGA’s Authority

12  The practice of engineering is defined as: “reporting on, advising on, evaluating, designing, preparing plans and specifications for or directing the construction, technical inspection, maintenance or operation of any structure, work or process; a) that is aimed at the discovery, development or utilization of matter, materials or energy or in any other way designed for the use and convenience of man, and b) that requires in the reporting, advising, evaluating, designing, preparation or direction of the professional application of the principals of mathematics, chemistry, physics or any related subject, or c) teaching engineering at a university” Legal Definition

13  Protect the public interest by regulating the practice of the professions by:  Registering/licensing qualified members  Establishing practice standards  Administering a complaint and discipline process  Encouraging professional development  Reviewing member and corporate practice  Stopping those not qualified from practicing and using the title APEGA’s Role

14 We will be a valued agent of excellence in professional practice and an internationally respected leader of the engineering and geoscience professions. Vision

15 We serve the public interest by regulating the practices of engineering and geoscience in Alberta, by providing leadership for our professions and by upholding members in their professional practices Mission

16 APEGA is guided by the following principles: Self Regulation:ongoing self regulation of the professions benefits the public and the professions Public Interest: the protection of the public is paramount in all that we do Professionalism: skilled and ethical practice is provide by our members Relevance: value is delivered to our members and stakeholders Trust: our professional reputation and ability to serve society is founded on earned public trust Fairness: everyone is treated fairly, and with dignity and respect Transparency: processes are fair, impartial, and accountable to members and the public Comm & Consult:input from members and other stakeholders is continually sought, valued, incorporated and reflected Guiding Principles

17  physical  health  financial  environment  socio-economic Public Interest

18 Public Involvement:  University student liaison  Student outreach (K-12)  Sponsorship of student competitions  Awards & scholarships  Communications (media & advertising)  National Engineering & Geoscience Month activities Non-regulatory Activities

19  Member Services:  Committee work  Compensation survey & Job Board  Member recognition – Summit Awards  Professional development opportunities  Mentoring  Group Purchase Discounts  The PEG Non-regulatory Activities

20  No Cost  Employment Advantage  Financial Advantage  Purchasing Advantage  Professional Advantage  No obligations APEGA Student Advantage Program (ASAP)

21 National Context Engineers Canada

22  Engineers Canada is an umbrella organization  Engineers Canada represents 234,000 professional engineers  Unlike provincial associations, it has no authority  Facilitates the setting of uniform national standards, works with Federal Government and acts on behalf of the professions on international issues A National Voice

23  Sets standards of engineering education in Canada  Measures universities against those standards  Issues accreditation if standards are met  Ensures graduates meet the academic requirements for registration by the provincial associations Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board

24  Programs must ensure that students are:  exposed to appropriate technical skills  made aware of the role and responsibilities of the professional engineer in society  exposed to ethics, human rights, public and worker safety, health considerations and the concepts of sustainable development and environmental stewardship Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board

25 What does the word “professional” mean to you?  tradesman – did professional job  professional athlete  Professional Engineer Professionalism

26 A calling requiring:  specialized knowledge  intensive preparation  Continued study  high standards  good judgement  leadership  ethical conduct*  duty to protect the public interest* What is a Profession?

27 What is it? Ethics

28  Differentiate between good and bad, between right and wrong  More than just moral values instilled by parents or church  Most associations develop codes of conduct  Establish duties which are practical and enforceable  Experience will dictate how to handle issues when two codes appear to be in conflict Ethics

29  Codes govern the nature of relationships with:  society  employer  client  colleagues  employees  the profession Ethics (cont’d)

30 Preamble : Professional Engineers and Geoscientists shall recognize that professional ethics is founded upon integrity, competence, dignity, and devotion to service. This concept shall guide their conduct at all times APEGA Code of Ethics

31 Rules of Conduct: Professional E & G’s shall 1. in their areas of practice, hold paramount the health, safety and welfare of the public, and have regard for the environment 2. undertake only work they are competent to perform by virtue of their training and experience 3. conduct themselves with integrity, honesty, fairness and objectivity in their professional activities APEGA Code of Ethics

32 4. comply with applicable statutes, regulations and bylaws in their professional practices 5. uphold and enhance the honour, dignity and reputation of their professions and, thus, the ability of the professions to serve the public interest APEGA Code of Ethics

33 Registration - Five Criteria for Licensure Good Character And Reputation Academics Experience Professional Practice Exam English Language Competency Experience

34  4 years required  At least one year equivalent North American engineering experience – in most cases this means one year Canadian engineering experience Experience: Quantity

35 1. Application of Technical Theory 2. Practical Experience 3. Development of Management Skills 4. Development of Communication Skills 5. Development of the Understanding of Societal Implications Experience: Quality - the 5 elements


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