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APEGBC's Council of elected members and government representatives meets throughout the year to conduct the business of association governance. The following are the highlights of the February 12, 2016 meeting.

Volunteer Appointments Approved

Council has approved 30 appointments of APEGBC volunteers. These included appointments on the Professional Practice Committee, APEGBC/ABCFP Joint Practice Board, and Advisory Task Force on Corporate Practice.

Changes Reduce Registration Waiting Time under Looking-to-Exempt Policy

APEGBC’s Looking-to-Exempt Policy provides a means to recognize the academic qualifications of applicants with a non-accredited engineering degree who are able to demonstrate they have appropriate engineering or geoscience experience.  The experience threshold for applicants to be considered under this policy is five years.  The assessment of such applicants whose five years of experience is not in Canada or the United States may include an interview, and/or review by competency or experience assessors.

Previously, applicants meeting the defined level of academic qualification, low risk reference profile and at least five years of experience in Canada or the United States were brought directly to the Registration Committee for approval.  However, applicants may have had to wait six to eight weeks between meetings of the committee for their registration to be approved. At the recommendation of the Registration Committee, Council  has now approved changes to the Looking-to-Exempt policy that would see these applicants added to the list of ‘non-contentious’ items approved by the Director, Registration or Associate Director, Engineering Admissions. The changes now also take into account experience acquired outside of Canada or the United States under this policy if the required Canadian Environment competencies for registration have been demonstrated and vouched for by appropriate references.

Professional Practice Examination Fee set at $310

To achieve licensure, candidates for professional engineering and geoscience registration in BC must write and pass the Professional Practice Examination. The examination consists of 100 multiple choice questions and an essay section. The provider of the exam is The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

In October 2015, APEGA converted to a computer-based examination from a paper-based examination. This resulted in an increase of $55 for the multiple choice section and a $25 charge for the essay, which was previously handwritten. Currently APEGBC charges exam candidates $230 to sit the exam.
To recognize these cost increases, Council approved an increase to $310 for the June 2016 Professional Practice Examination session and, at the April 2016 Council meeting, will review and reconfirm the fee for future examination sessions.
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