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High Standards of Engineering and Geoscience Practice and Ethical Conduct
Engineering and geoscience in Canada are regulated in the public interest by self-governing professional licensing bodies. These bodies are established by Canada's 13 provincial and territorial governments through provincial engineering/geoscience Acts.
The provincial and territorial governments have delegated their constitutional authority to regulate engineers/geoscientists and engineering/geoscience in Canada to professional licensing bodies that are maintained and governed by the professions, creating a system of self-regulation. Self-regulation recognizes that the engineering/geoscience professions themselves are best positioned to regulate the practice of engineering/geoscience in a manner that protects both the public and the environment.
APEGS is the licensing body which fulfils this mandate by ensuring high standards of engineering/geoscience practice in Saskatchewan, by setting high standards for admission into the professions, by disciplining engineers/geoscientists who fail to uphold the professions practice and ethical standards, and by preventing the misuse of the title 'engineer' or 'geoscientist' by individuals who are not licensed members of the professions.
The Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act defines the practice of the professions as follows:
practice of professional engineering means any act of planning, designing, composing, measuring, evaluating, inspecting, advising, reporting, directing or supervising, or managing any of the foregoing, that requires the application of engineering principles and that concerns the safeguarding of life, health, property, economic interests, the public interest or the environment.
practice of professional geoscience means the application of principles of geoscience that include, but are not limited to, principles of geology, geophysics and geochemistry, to any act of acquiring or processing data, advising, evaluating, examining, interpreting, reporting, sampling or geoscientific surveying, that is directed toward: (i) the discovery or development of oil, natural gas, coal, metallic or non-metallic minerals, precious stones, water or other natural resources; or (ii) the investigation of surface or sub-surface geological conditions.
APEGS also takes appropriate action to prevent the illegal practice of engineering or geoscience by unlicensed individuals. Our mandate and obligation to undertake this role is laid out in The Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act. The Act defines a scope of practice for engineers and geoscientists and specifically restricts the use of the title engineer and geoscientist to individuals who have been licensed by APEGS. APEGS has a small full-time staff, so much of the Association's work is undertaken by volunteers. Those volunteers are professional engineers and geoscientists who take pride in their profession and what the P.Eng. and P.Geo. represents. They serve on investigation and discipline committees, boards, and admission committees to ensure that the Association fulfils its mandate to regulate the practice of engineering and geoscience in the public interest. Their work means the public can be confident that professional engineers/geoscientists have the right education, the right skills and the right attitude to protect the public interest and the environment. It also means that professional engineers/geoscientists, can be proud of belonging to a profession with a reputation for excellence, and a commitment to enhance the quality of life, health, safety and well-being of Canadians.
Saskatchewan also regulates businesses and requires any companies that undertake professional engineering/geoscience work to be registered with APEGS.
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
Regulating the professions. Protecting the public.