The following are some questions that get asked fairly regularly about APEGMs Registration process.
APEGM's registration process is thorough - and with thoroughness, complication follows. Your file, especially if you go through the assessment process, will be reviewed by three committees at least once. These committees meet either monthly or bi-monthly and each file involves a fair amount of preparation prior to review by each committee.
Each committee is made up of professional member volunteers who are dedicated, but also have 'day jobs'. Each volunteer scrutinizes their assigned files very carefully and no files are left unread. While APEGM does everything to make sure that your file goes through as efficiently as possible, there are many things that are outside of our control. At the moment, there are nearly 1150 MITs on the pre-registration program and we try our best to make sure everyone is treated as fairly and as efficiently as possible.
Foreign degrees by their nature are more complicated to assess. APEGM Staff and the ARC are not experts on every university program in the world and we never expect to be. We do have access to resources that can assist us in assessing degrees and understanding the systems in different countries, but some programs will always be more difficult to assess than others. We do our best to make sure you are treated fairly - and often that takes time.
For Assessment applicants, confirmatory examinations are used to confirm knowledge that it is believed that you have. Normally, when you are assigned confirmatory examinations, you will be given a choice of exams to take. For example, a certain number of examinations from Group A, a certain number of examinations from Group B and engineering economics. This is consistent with the practices of other Canadian engineering and geoscience associations. If you study the appropriate CEQB syllabi and decide that you have taken some or all of the material in several of the courses listed (whether in your Bachelor's degree or a subsequent degree), then you should make your exam choice on this basis. Appeals to waive exams (other than engineering economics) which are based only on the assertion that you have already taken the material covered in the syllabus will be rejected automatically.
Files are not sent to the Experience Review Committee until the progress report AND the matching supervisor report (AND mentor report if required), are received. APEGM may have received the MIT report, but may still be waiting for the missing supervisor report. The onus is on the MIT to encourage the supervisor to send his/her report in promptly, though APEGM staff are willing to notify supervisors if requested, after the MIT has made reasonable efforts.
Sometimes files have to be deferred because specific reviewers are not available, or because there are too many files that month. Other reasons for delays include the fact that some files need more discussion or clarification and must be deferred until a following meeting
If the delay seems too long - e.g. more than three months - please contact the Admissions Coordinator by E-mail and she will check on the status.
APEGM's basic educational requirement is a CEAB-accredited engineering degree, or an equivalent to the APEGM Geoscience syllabi. Other degrees, no matter how illustrious, must be compared against these programs, and this process takes time. While you may be a world expert in some very advanced fields, this does not necessarily mean that your program does not have some "gaps" when compared to a typical engineering degree or geoscience program.
Many applicants express frustration when we tell them that they will have to go through an academic assessment process and possibly write exams. While we may sympathize, remember that it is APEGM's mandate to ensure it's registered professionals are academically qualified.
Sometimes applicants may have fulfilled certain engineering or geoscience requirements through additional degrees. This will be taken into consideration during the assessment process.
As stated in the answer to the first question, it's difficult for APEGM staff to give you an exact answer to this question, because we are dependent on the timing of the various committee meetings, feedback required from other associations (in the case of mobility applicants), the number of reviewers available, and the number of applications that arrive in a given month. We do make every effort to make sure that your application is reviewed in a timely fashion, but it is impossible for us to give a blanket guarantee regarding when your exact date of registration will be.