New Engineering and Geoscience Professions Regulatory Model Endorsed

    EDMONTON, April 11 /CNW/ - Members of The Association of Science and
Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) and The Association of
Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) have
endorsed an historic memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two
associations that will lead the way to significant legislative changes. The
memberships endorsed amendments to The Engineering, Geological and Geophysical
Professions Act (EGGP Act) to create a new one act, two associations
regulatory model for engineering and geoscience in Alberta.
    The new regulatory model will further enhance public safety and
well-being at no additional cost to taxpayers.
    A majority of the votes cast by APEGGA and ASET members, in a special
ballot held separately by each association, favoured the proposed amendments
to the EGGP Act as outlined in the MOU. The MOU had been unanimously approved
earlier in the year by the elected councils of both associations following six
months of discussions with the aid of a government-appointed mediator.
    With their members' endorsement, ASET and APEGGA will now ask the
Provincial Government to amend the EGGP Act and Regulations to accommodate the
changes outlined in the MOU. They include:

    -   shifting ASET from the Societies Act to full legal registration
        within the EGGP Act
    -   development of a new category of ASET member to be known as a
        Professional Technologist, who would be granted a licence to practice
        engineering independently within a defined scope of practice and
        within the bounds of existing codes and standards
    -   development of several joint ASET/APEGGA boards and committees that
        would regulate the Professional Technologist category of membership

    "This is an historic day for both organizations. After years of sometimes
spirited discussions, we have reached an agreement that both associations can
support. The proposals included in the MOU will serve to enhance public safety
and well-being in Alberta," said APEGGA President David Chalcroft, P.Eng.
    "Legislation giving ASET a regulatory role is a significant development
long awaited by Alberta's technologists and will make our professional members
accountable to the public," added ASET President Larry Stone, C.E.T.
    "I'd like to congratulate both ASET and APEGGA for their accomplishment
in reaching an agreement on a single governance framework," said Honourable
Iris Evans, Minister of Employment, Immigration and Industry. "Both
organizations are to be commended for their commitment to serving Albertans
and further enhancing public safety in engineering and geoscience activities."

    The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of
Alberta (ASET), is a 43-year-old, non-profit organization that issues
professional credentials to applied science, information and engineering
technicians and technologists in Alberta and the Territories. ASET's
credentials are well known within business, industry and government and are
highly sought after, since they indicate a high level of education and
experience. As a constituent member of the Canadian Council of Technicians and
Technologists, ASET uses national standards in its certification process and
in the accreditation of technical training programs at Alberta institutes and

    The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists
of Alberta (APEGGA), with over 48,000 members, is the largest self-regulating
professional association in Alberta. Responsible for regulating the practices
of engineering, geology and geophysics in the province of Alberta, the
association was established by provincial legislation in 1920. APEGGA members
play a significant role in every segment of the economy and their technical
and management expertise ensure Alberta remains at the forefront of
technological innovation.

For further information:

For further information: Philip Mulder, APR, APEGGA, Manager,
Communications, T: (780) 426-3990, TF: 1-800-661-7020, C: (780) 499-3873,,; Jay Fisher, ASET, Communications Director,
Telephone: (780) 425-0626, Toll Free: 1-800-272-5619, Cell: (780) 902-8761,

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