British Columbia’s Engineering and Geoscience professional body, APEGBC, is conducting a survey for members on proposed changes to the bylaw regarding Continuing Professional Development Requirements.
The current process of voluntarily declaring compliance to the requirements is obviously not ideal. For a profession that is self regulating, we need to do a better job of ensuring adequate experience, practice and training is being maintained across the membership.
In the fall of 2015, APEGBC members will be asked to ratify a bylaw to establish a program requiring members to complete and report professional development. If ratified by members, this will commit all practicing members and licensees to undertake a minimum amount of professional development each year and to report annually that this requirement has been met.
Interestingly, there was a vote in 2009 that failed to received the required 2/3 approval of the voters, so the CPD committee surveyed over 3,000 members to determine what issues prevented the 2009 bylaw to pass. The committee has revised the guidelines and bylaw to reflect the requirements of our neighbouring association, APEGA, in Alberta.
If you are a member and have any comments or concerns with the bylaw, provide feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org