Professional Practice


APGO Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program Requirements


May 2016

APGO Practising and Limited members require thirty (30) CPD hours annually in a minimum of two (2) of four (4) established categories: Education, Participation, Presentations, and Contribution to Knowledge. Category descriptions and entry examples may be found in APGO's CPD Activities document.

A maximum of 20 hours are allowed in any one category (e.g. Education) per reporting year with the ability to roll excess hours forward for a maximum of two (2) years.

A minimum of 20 Geoscience hours are required per reporting year. Up to 10 "Other" hours may be entered each year, but are not required. “Geoscience” and “Other” hour descriptions and entry examples may be found in APGO's CPD Activities document.

Reporting shall be done using the online reporting system available on the association website.

CPD Reporting Due Date: The online CPD reporting due date for all CPD reports is midnight EST, March 31 of the year following the year being reported on. At midnight EST on March 31 of each year, the ability to report CPD hours for the previous CPD year closes.

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Professional Practice Guidelines

There are currently a number of committees within APGO that are working on developing professional practice guidelines for each of the major areas of geoscience practice. The following are PDF formats of these guidelines.

Mineral Exploration Best Practices Guidelines June 2000: The Mining Standards Task Force guidelines prepared to assist the Qualified Person in the planning and supervision of exploration programs.

Final Report - QP Task Force for the Environmental Geosciences: Provides recommendations and criteria to be declared a QP in the practise of environmental geoscience.

APGO adopted General Professional Practice Guidelines for Environmental Geoscience September 2003: A professional technical guidance document for reference by APGO members in conducting their professional geoscience work.

APGO adopted Professional Practice Guidelines for Advertising and use of the APGO Identification and Logo February 2004: A professional guidance document for reference by APGO members and C of A holders for use of the APGO design and general advertising guidelines.

APGO adopted Professional Practice Guidelines for Groundwater Resources Evaluation, Development, Management and Protection Programs in Ontario October 2004: A professional guidance document prepared by the Groundwater Resources Sub-Committee of the Professional Practice Committee for reference by APGO members and C of A holders conducting all geoscientific work concerning groundwater resources.

Guidance for Environmental Site Assessments under Ontario Regulation 153/04 (as amended) April 2011: A professional guidance document prepared by the Brownfields Task Force on behalf of the Environmental Geoscience Subcommittee of the Professional Practice Committee for reference by APGO members and C of A holders in conducting environmental site assessments in accordance with Ontario Regulation 153/04.

General Professional Practice Guidelines for Geophysicists May 2012: These guidelines have been prepared by the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO) to assist Professional Geoscientists (P.Geo.) in the planning and execution of geophysical programs. These guidelines have also been prepared to assist Professional Engineers (P.Eng.) who are qualified to practice professional geoscience in accordance with The Professional Geoscientist’s Act, 2000.

APGO Guidance on Document Authentication May 2013: A professional guidance document prepared in accordance with the Professional Geoscientists Act (2000). This guidance document provides direction on document authentication, which can also be referred to as either “sealing and signing” or “stamping and signing”.

Phase Two Environmental Site Assessment Reporting Template: The purpose of this APGO “Phase Two Environmental Site Assessment Reporting Template” is to provide step - by - step guidance on com pleting a phase two environmental site assessment (ESA) report in accordance with Ontario Regulation 153/04 as amended, (“the Regulation”), for filing the Record of Site Condition (RSC).