ASET members to get legal right to self-regulate, practice engineering independently

        Alberta first Canadian province to recognize critical role of
       province's engineering technicians and technologists in protecting
                                public safety

    CALGARY, June 10 /CNW/ - Already a pioneer in the area of scope of
practice change, Alberta is poised for another Canadian first in giving the
Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta
(ASET) the right to self-regulate, and its qualified members the right to
practice engineering independently without supervision by professional
engineers, within existing codes and standards.
    Expected this summer, the proclamation of the Engineering, Geological and
Geophysical Professions Amendment Act (EGGPA) will see the evolution of ASET
from registration under the Societies Act - the same status usually conferred
to community leagues and sports groups - to a full-fledged, self-regulating
professional association. It will also see the emergence of a new professional
designation, P.Tech (Eng.) under which ASET members will be able to practice
engineering independently.
    ASET members represent almost 17,000 engineering technicians and
technologists who work in a range of disciplines and sectors. They are
responsible for everything from designing engineering plans for building
construction to keeping gas pipelines working and transportation and postal
systems moving.
    "Many people may not know exactly what these technicians and
technologists do, but I can assure you they would know if they weren't on the
job, doing what they do. Nothing works without them. They are the
behind-the-scenes, hard-working men and women who keep this province safe,"
said ASET CEO Barry Cavanaugh.
    EGGPA will be critical in ensuring public safety by giving ASET the
responsibility to guarantee the qualifications of those holding ASET titles
and protect against title misuse, and the ability to exercise disciplinary and
legal action to ensure competence of ASET members.
    "The upcoming proclamation of EGGPA is another example of Alberta law
catching up with workplace reality. ASET members are already at the top of
their field, having achieved certification by meeting ASET's already rigorous
standards. Employers and the general public will feel even more secure,
knowing that ASET members will be accountable for public safety under the
law," said Cavanaugh.
    "Proclamation of EGGPA is also good news for Alberta's economy which
depends on this profession in many areas, including resource management,
because it will be employed it to the full scope of its potential.
Availability of these qualified professionals is likely to increase in a
province where labour shortages in this area have often been the norm, and
where technologists are cost-effective, integral members of engineering
teams," added Cavanaugh.
    In 2007, Alberta brought into force a similar scope of practice change
for pharmacists as the first Canadian province to give pharmacists the legal
authority to prescribe some medications and administer drugs by injection.
    Representing approximately 17,000 technicians and technologists across
Alberta, ASET provides its members the certification that top employers
demand. ASET members play an integral role in driving the Alberta economy and
their innovation is one reason why the province maintains its competitive
advantage. ASET members represent a wide range of sectors including avionics,
biomedical, chemical, computers, electrical, environmental, geological,
instrumentation, oil and gas, and telecommunications.

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For further information: Media Contact: Michele Penz, Calico
Communications for ASET, (778) 888-2249

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