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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 Skill Set Required Technical Learning Problem-solving Communication Leadership Integrative

4 Impact on Society 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

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

6 All Members October 1, 2012

7 All Permits October 1, 2012

8 Trust of and Respect from Society
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

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

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

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

12 Legal Definition 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”

13 APEGA’s Role 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

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

15 Mission 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

16 Guiding Principles 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

17 Public Interest physical health financial environment socio-economic

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

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

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

21 National Context Engineers Canada

22 A National Voice 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

23 Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board
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

24 Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board
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

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

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

27 Ethics What is it?

28 Ethics 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

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

30 APEGA Code of Ethics 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

31 APEGA Code of Ethics 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

32 APEGA Code of Ethics 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

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

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

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


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