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Alberta votes to accept “geoscientist”

Professionals in Alberta will soon have to contend with one less mouthful. At its annual general meeting on April 2...


Professionals in Alberta will soon have to contend with one less mouthful. At its annual general meeting on April 25 in Calgary, the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) voted to simplify its professional designations.

Once the provincial government has approved amendments to the legislation and rules, the association will combine the geologist and geophysicist licence designation into the single term “geoscientist.”

The association will also change its name and acronym to become the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, or APEGA.

The change brings the association into line with other provincial licensing organizations in Canada and internationally.

Members who now have a P.Geo. or a P.Geoph. licence will be able to keep their designation or change to a P.Geo.  However, no new P.Geo. or P.Geoph. licences will be issued.