Professional Governance (PG) is responsible for 9 Acts which govern 23 self-regulating professional associations. PG works closely with these Professional Regulatory Organizations (PROs) to ensure they serve and protect the public interest.
What do we do?
Our work in professional legislation includes
- Providing policy advice, interpretation and direction to PROs, government and other stakeholders on professional legislation
- Developing legislative standards designed to protect the well-being, safety and property of Albertans
- Ensuring the public interest is maintained when reviewing new or amended legislative proposals from PROs
- Facilitating the resolution of issues between PROs
- Making recommendations to government on applications from professional associations seeking self-regulatory authority
- Advising the public on the legislative responsibilities of PROs
- Ensuring that the public interest is served, through the appointment of public members to PRO’s councils, boards and committees
How does professional legislation protect Albertans?
Through professional legislation, the Alberta Government delegates self-governing responsibilities to certain professional associations to safeguard the Alberta public interest.
Such legislation gives PROs the authority to ensure their members:
- meet educational and training requirements
- provide safe, ethical and competent services
- follow prescribed codes of conduct
- have appropriate complaint, investigative and disciplinary processes
- Agrology Profession Act
- Architects Act
- Chartered Professional Accountants Act
- Consulting Engineers of Alberta Act
- Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act
- Land Surveyors Act
- Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act
- Regulated Forestry Profession Act
- Veterinary Professions Act
Please note that Professional Governance is not responsible for legislation which governs Alberta’s health, teaching and legal professions.
Each of these statutes and their supporting regulations can be viewed on the Queen’s Printer website.
How can I request changes to legislation regulating my profession?
Consider speaking with the Executive Director and/or Registrar of your professional association to discuss the change. He or she may be able to offer you some insight as to whether or not that change has been suggested in the past.
You can also contact us for more information about making changes to existing legislation.
How can I request that my profession become self-regulated?
For more information about becoming a self-regulating professions contact us.