Competency-Based-Assessment System Launching for P.Geo. Applicants

Posted on June 2, 2020

The popular online competency-based-assessment (CBA) system for evaluating professional engineer applicants has been successfully piloted in partnership with Geoscientists Canada, and is now being prepared for professional geoscientist applicants.

The system is expected to ease, streamline, and standardize experience evaluations for those seeking their professional geoscientist (P.Geo.) designation. The system will also make the competency requirements clearer for both applicants and validators and will increase assessment consistency.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC developed the online system for professional engineer applicants in 2012, and has been working with Engineers Canada to make it available to engineering regulators across Canada. Geoscientists Canada, in collaboration with Engineers and Geoscientists BC, recently completed a national pilot for P.Geo. applicants, validators, and assessors from multiple jurisdictions. The pilot was successful, and the system is expected be available for use on September 1, 2020.

The CBA system includes an online reporting function that allows applicants to report their experience within a set of 29 standardized competencies. Applicants using the system will be asked to select examples from their work history that best highlights an appropriate exposure level to a specific work experience competency. The examples will require validation, usually from a supervisor or colleague. Then, Engineers and Geoscientists BC assessors will review all of the competency examples and validator comments.

Currently, at Engineers and Geoscientists BC, all professional engineering applicants, and most engineering licensee applicants, use the online CBA system as part of their applications. The Association of Professional Engineers of Prince Edward Island (Engineers PEI) and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) also use the online CBA system.

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