Volunteer with APEGA


NPPE Question Author

When you volunteer with APEGA’s Examinations department, you help maintain APEGA’s high standards for professionalism, law, and ethics. You join a pool of authors that create the questions used in the National Professional Practice Examination, which APEGA applicants must pass before being licensed to practise in Alberta. The questions you contribute are used by 11 self-regulating organizations across the country.

What we do

  • Contribute to the pool of high-quality examination questions concerning professional, legal, and ethical conduct
  • Review and provide input on questions along with development- and examination-related activities

What we’re looking for

  • Professional members of an engineering association in Canada
  • Volunteers with a high level of written and spoken English
  • Volunteers looking for a flexible, remote, volunteer opportunity

NPPE Question Author

Volunteer NPPE question authors are vital to APEGA’s certification and examination process. They contribute relevant questions based on real-world scenarios to the pool of questions for the National Professional Practice Examination. This role allows volunteers the flexibility to contribute their time how and where they want to.

Average time commitment

One-year renewable term. Volunteers must contribute at least five questions per month, which takes approximately five to eight hours.  

Practice Review Board

When you volunteer with APEGA’s Professional Practice department, you play a key role in keeping the public safe. You’ll have a hand in creating and updating professional practice guidelines and standards for the engineering and geoscience professions, documents that ensure our permit holders and members meet the minimum standards of practice.

What we do

  • Conduct practice reviews of APEGA licensed professionals
  • Develop and maintain standards of competence for professional members and licensees
  • Administer the mandatory Continuing Professional Development Program
  • Review the competency of members who wish to change their practising status or reinstate their membership

What we’re looking for

  • Significant industry, regulatory, or public service experience—more than 10 years, ideally
  • Familiarity with the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act, regulations, APEGA practice standards and guidelines, and the Continuing Professional Development Program
  • Experience managing a team of at least five people and familiarity with group decision making, analytical thinking, and cooperation
  • Experience as a member of a regulatory board or committee

 

Open Opportunities:

Practice Review Board

The Practice Review Board and its subcommittees are critical to APEGA’s overall regulatory framework. They ensure APEGA's registration, discipline, professional competency, and enforcement procedures continue to protect the public interest.

As a committee member, you will:

  • Increase your appreciation and knowledge of the professions’ regulatory obligations and authorities
  • Advance the professions by sharing your knowledge and experience
  • Teach new, transferrable skills
  • Expand your business network

Registration Committee

The public trusts APEGA to ensure all practising professional engineers and geoscientists meet the highest standards of professionalism and expertise. Lend your skills to APEGA’s Registration Committee as a subject matter expert and assess new member applications and qualifications. Each year, volunteers on the Registration Committee review hundreds of applications for professional membership to ensure all registrants are qualified and meet our standards.

What we do

  • Assess the professional and academic qualifications of all applicants for professional membership with APEGA
  • Specify a scope of practice for all new professional members
  • Provide recommendations and consultation on special matters to the Registration Executive Committee

What we’re looking for

  • Significant industry experience, ideally 5–7 years
  • Exceptional critical thinking and communication skills
  • Professional judgement
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills
  • Experience interpreting legislation, assessment, and certification programs

Registration Committee

The registration committee reviews applications for registration as a professional member, a licensee, or a professional licensee according to the terms of the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act and general regulation. The Registration Committee ensures applicants meet the requirements before registration is approved and considers matters of policy, significant changes in procedure, examination results, and other matters referred by the Registration Executive Committee or Council.

 

Average time commitment

Three-year term with the option for renewal at the end of each term. Additional time commitments include:

  • Review 5–15 files per month (equivalent to about 10 hours per month)
  • Attend two workshops per year for training
  • Attend monthly one-hour Webex updates for training, policy, and tools (optional)
  • Participate in Full Academic Committee or Full Experience Committee discussion groups via Webex or teleconference (optional)