Those looking for APEGS professional licence must have four years of work experience as an engineer or geoscientist. Furthermore, their work experience must be assessed by the Experience Review Committee. So, if you aim for a professional licence, then reading this blog will help you. Here, we will familiarize you with the tips to show your work experience. In addition, we will also tell you about APEGS CBA (Competency-Based assessment) and its benefits. Therefore, reading this blog will be a good investment of your time.
To be eligible, you need to have registration as an engineering-in-training or geoscientist-in-training. Besides that, a member-in-training applicant who has the work experience reporting option to try and get confirmatory exams waived.
APEGS CBA (Competency-Based assessment):
The assessment authority uses an online competency-based assessment system (CBA) for the assessment of your work experience. In addition, you also need to provide validated examples to show each of the competencies. For that, you need to have at least four years of work experience validated in the system.
Steps to report in the APEGS competency-based assessment system:
Choose the ‘Applicants’ section.
Stick to the instructions appearing on the screen.
Create an account with your APEGS Registration/Application number as your User ID.
Pick ‘Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan’ as your jurisdiction.
You will get an email notification on the approval of your account. It may take at most 5 days. The authority approves these accounts manually M-F 8:00 to 5:00.
Access the system by choosing ‘I am a registered user and would like to access the Competency Assessment System’.
Put in your information adhering to the instructions appearing on the screen. At this time, your educational information doesn’t appear in the CBA system.
If having any issues with the system, you should contact APEGS.
After the assessment of your experience, you will get the result by mail. If not passing for the first time, redo any competencies that didn’t meet the requirements.
You should get your assessment result within a time span of 6 to 8 weeks after all validations are completed. In case your validators are not acceptable, APEGS will inform you. After that, the validation process will happen again.
If having started reporting your experience in the old paper-based system, complete your reporting in that system. Or, ideally, switch to the new CBA system.
On the other hand, if you are going to start reporting, you must use the online CBA system.
You should get your assessment result within 6 to 8 weeks after the submission of your report. In case of any errors or omissions in it, APEGS will let you know. After that, you need to submit the report again.
Tips to complete APEGS work experience report:
Maintain a professional level of quality of the reports. It should be the same as that of the engineering or geoscience report that you prepare for clients and supervisors. APEGS work experience reporting is no less than a peer review process. In other words, a number of peer groups will read the report.
Ensure that you provide a clear and concise report. In simplest terms, don’t use unnecessary information.
Use your professional judgment and provide examples from work to attract the attention of assessors.
You must state the projects that were done and the way they were done. Here, don’t use more than the given space in the form of text boxes. However, supervisors can do so to state extra information.
Give specific information, especially while mentioning project experience. Typical resume-style content will be unsuitable in this case.
Your supervisor must have more knowledge about your working stance in projects, so their contribution is empirical. However, specific and relevant information must be here. It is because it will help the Experience Review Committee to review your information and have a judgment.
Benefits of APEGS CBA:
It provides quantitative analysis execution for the candidates using a specific measuring technique. The technique is an integrated form of the present APEGS experience.
The system provides an explicit description and definition of the measurement tool. Thus, it helps analyze the preparation of the candidate to earn a licence.
Another benefit of it is a transparent, objectified, and consistent analysis of the candidate.