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Bulletin N°95 - octobre 2012

Editorial version anglaise

Continuing education: it benefits you and the profession!

Photo président OIQ Danile Lebel, ing.As professionals, we have always been required to develop and keep our skills up to date. It is a question of public safety, particularly in a field like ours where knowledge and technology develop rapidly. It also provides each and every one of us with an opportunity to develop ourselves professionally!

Since April 1, 2011, the Regulation respecting the mandatory continuing education of engineers has been in effect and governed this requirement. The regulation stipulates a minimum of 30 hours of mandatory continuing education per two-year reference period. I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the first reference period will end on March 31, 2013. Therefore, you do not have much time to meet the requirements.

The regulation sets out a minimum number of hours of continuing education, but you are of course responsible for making sure that the quality of your professional development activities is appropriate. They must be related to your practice and are an opportunity you won't want to miss to develop and advance your career.

Due to the increasing number of allegations of ethical violations that have been made in the past few years, the Board of Directors of the OIQ decided last spring to require all of its members to take a professionalism course, of which 2.5 hours will be counted toward the required number of continuing education hours under the regulation.

Even though most engineers are not concerned by these allegations, we must face the fact that we all deal with ethical issues in our work. In fact, as professionals who have to make choices and decisions and work with a large number of stakeholders, we cannot avoid these situations, regardless of our field of practice. That is why we can all gain by examining our understanding of ethics and professional conduct from the angle of professionalism and by taking the time to acquire a critical view of our professional practice.

As engineers, we are the best ambassadors of our profession. That is why the OIQ asks us to do our part in restoring public trust by meeting our continuing education requirements and demonstrating exemplary conduct. As the organization responsible for supervising the profession and protecting the public, the OIQ is also doing its part by conducting prevention, coercion and promotional activities. Through collective and individual efforts, we will succeed in restoring a solid bond of trust with the public, and we have everything to gain by doing so!

Daniel Lebel, ing.
President

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