Volunteer with APEGA


APEGA - Examinatons

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.  

APEGA - Investigative Committee

When you volunteer with APEGA’s Investigations Committee you put your industry experience to work directly protecting the safety of Albertans.

What we Do:

  • Investigate complaints of unsafe or unprofessional practice by APEGA members
  • Conduct interviews of complainants and members under investigation
  • Work closely with ASET as part of the APEGA/ASET joint investigation committee
  • Meet regularly to discuss ongoing investigations and other committee matters.

What we're looking for

  • A minimum of 5 years as a professional member with a Canadian Engineering Association
  • Significant professional experience, at least 10 years of Canadian work experience
  • Exceptional critical thinking and communication skills

Open Opportunities:

Investigations Committee

APEGA is currently seeking professional members with experience in wood-frame construction. 

 

APEGA’s Investigative Committee is a statutory committee established under the Engineering & Geoscience Professions Act. This mandated committee investigates complaints against Members and Permit Holders in accordance with the requirements of the Act.

Average time commitment

Three-year term with the option for renewal at the end of each term. On average, volunteers can expect to commit approximately 8-10 hours per month. Additional time commitments include:

  • The Investigative Committee meets 5 times annually for approximately one half-day each.
  • Additional investigative panel meetings and interviews for each active investigation

APEGA - K-12 Outreach

APEGA's commitment to the practices of engineering and geoscience in Alberta begins by inspiring a lifelong love of engineering and geoscience through our K-12 Outreach Initiatives (https://www.apega.ca/educators-students/k-12-students).

Donate your time to inspiring lifelong curiosity and a love of learning and have fun while helping. Design complex challenges for students to solve at the APEGA Science Olympics, connect with classrooms to share your expertise, or introduce the public to the wonders of geoscience at the APEGA Rock & Fossil Clinic. However you want to share your passion, APEGA has an opportunity for you. 

When you share your valuable insight and experience, you make a lasting impact on future professionals.

What we do

  • Inspire students and empower them to pursue their passions
  • Demonstrate the diverse applications of engineering and geoscience and how they positively affect the world around us
  • Equip students with skills for success in our dynamic world.

What we’re looking for

  • Members and non-members who are interested in enhancing understanding of the professions and the variety of relevant careers available in these fields
  • Members who are interested in sharing their passion for their professions with youth
  • Members who are interested in sharing their professional experience and expertise with students and the public

APEGA Science Olympics

Science Olympics is back and more virtual than ever! APEGA's K-12 Outreach team is currently seeking enthusiastic volunteers interested in sharing their passion for engineering and geoscience with students at the 2021 APEGA Science Olympics - Alberta. This event is a great opportunity to foster a love for Engineering and Geoscience in students, promote your profession in the community, and log Professional Development Hours with APEGA. 

APEGA - Professional Practice

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

Professional Practice Subcommittees

APEGA - 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)

APEGA - University Outreach

APEGA’s University Outreach department and its volunteers provide valuable knowledge, encouragement, and experience to young adults preparing to enter the industry. We are looking for volunteers like you to help the engineers and geoscientists of tomorrow navigate the complicated path of starting their careers. If you’re an established or newly licensed professional member, you are a valuable resource to both the profession and to those looking to enter it. Join us at one of our upcoming career-building events for a chance to share your experience and knowledge. Help students build vital career-search skills, network, and share your story with tomorrow’s professional engineers and geoscientists. Human resources professionals and members with hiring experience are encouraged to apply for these opportunities.

What we do

  • Inspire young people to choose careers in engineering, geoscience and STEM
  • Provide valuable guidance through initiatives such as resume reviews and mock interviews to help new graduates and aspiring professionals get a head start on their careers
  • Help graduates and members-in-training build their professional networks with hosted networking events

What we’re looking for

  • Members and non-members (especially human resources professionals) with hiring experience
  • Passionate science advocates who love to share their knowledge
  • Professional members with expertise in the areas of robotics, mechanical engineering, and coding to mentor student special projects

Career Skills Building

Starting a career in a new industry can be a daunting task. Between applications and interviews there’s many places where candidates can go wrong. Help set the next generation of engineers and geoscientists on the career path by volunteering as part of APEGA’s University Outreach Program. Our events are designed to give upcoming professionals the skills they need to kickstart their careers and range from mock-interviews, to discussion panels, to resume review sessions. Professional Members with hiring experience, or human resource professionals are invited to share their expertise at our upcoming events!

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! - Virtual Resume Review
APEGA's Virtual Resume Review opportunity is seeking volunteers with hiring and resume review experience to provide anonymous feedback on student resumes through a digital platform. Please consider donating a few hours of your time with this vital opportunity for students to ensure that their application rises to the top of the pile. 

Skills and qualifications

  • Professional engineer, professional geoscientist, professional geologist, professional geophysicist, or professional licensee designation and in good standing with APEGA
  • 1+ years formal hiring experience