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					A presentation for
Alberta Stakeholders
Kelly E. Morris P.E.C.
•Professional Electrical Contractor (#7; first graduating class in 1994)
•Master Electrician
•Business Owner; Morris Electric Ltd.; 34 years
•Past President of the ECAA
•Chair of the ECAA Masters Committee
   This meeting is to:
     Inform
     Educate
     Solicit involvement
   This presentation is being provided all over the Province.
       Edmonton
       Lethbridge
       Calgary
       Medicine Hat
       Grand Prairie
       Fort McMurray
       Elk Point
       Red Deer
Review
   Alberta Municipal Affairs has stated that the current
    Master Electrician program will not continue as it
    currently exists.
   Poor perception, poor enforcement, and poor
    practices by some Master Electricians delivered us
    to this point, in addition to a changing philosophy
    within AMA.
   The ECAA and AMA stand ready to
    implement the new vision.
     ECAA bylaws are amended to provide for two new
      titles within the ECAA body proper; and
     P.E.C. regulations are amended.
      ▪ Note that the ECAA has a number of roles:
        ▪ Association of Corporate Members
        ▪ Registrar for Professionals
   The two new titles are:
     Certified Master Electrician
     Registered Master Electrician
      ▪ These are protected titles; ‘right to title’.
   Certified Master Electrician
     Can obtain electrical permits
     Commits to continuing education
      ▪ Becomes exposed to Ethics and Professionalism
        concepts
   Registered Master Electrician
     Does not wish to obtain electrical permits
     Is not required to commit to continuing education
     Does want recognition for this achievment
   Registration as certified master electrician
   9.1(1) An applicant is entitled to be registered as a certified master electrician if the Registration
    Committee is satisfied that the applicant
          (a)         meets any of the following requirements:
          (i)         has successfully completed
          (A)         the master electrician examination developed by the Master Advisory
    Committee that is established by the Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta, and
          (B)         the ethics course approved by the Board;
          (ii)        has qualifications that are substantively equivalent to the course work and
    examinations approved by the Board;
          (iii)       has a combination of education, practice requirements, examinations or other
    qualifications that demonstrate the competence required for registration;
          (iv)        is registered in good standing with a profession in another jurisdiction
    recognized by the Board as having substantively equivalent competence and practice
    requirements,
          (b)         has, in the 5 years preceding the application, worked a minimum of 3 years in
    the practice of the electrical industry as a certified journeyperson electrician, and
          (c)         is of good character and reputation.
   (2) Subsection (1)(b) does not apply to a person who
          (a)         applies to be registered within one year of the coming into force of this section,
    and
          (b)         meets the requirement in subsection (1)(a)(i).
   Registration as registered master electrician
   9.2(1) An applicant is entitled to be registered as a registered master electrician
    if the Registration Committee is satisfied that the applicant
         (a)       meets any of the following requirements:
         (i)       has successfully completed the master electrician examination
    approved by the Board;
         (ii)      has a combination of education, practice requirements,
    examinations or other qualifications that demonstrate the competence required
    for registration;
         (iii)     is registered in good standing with a profession in another
    jurisdiction recognized by the Board as having substantively equivalent
    competence and practice requirements,
         (b)       has, in the 5 years preceding the application, worked a minimum
    of 3 years in the practice of the electrical industry as a certified journeyperson
    electrician, and
         (c)       is of good character and reputation.
   (2) Subsection (1)(b) does not apply to a person who
         (a)       applies to be registered within one year of the coming into force of
    this section, and
         (b)       meets the requirement in subsection (1)(a)(i).
   The PEC regulation is now:
     “Professional Electrical Contractors and Master
     Electricians Regulation”.
   The Enhanced Master Electrician Program is
    ‘ours’.
   The committees have been expanded to
    include representation from CMEs and RMEs.
   POARA
     Provides for the establishment of Registration and
        Practice Review Committees.
       Requires the establishment of a Discipline Committee.
       Has very clear procedures regarding complaints.
       Provides for fines, suspension, cancellation, require
        additional training.
       Provides for an appeal process.
   Registration Committee, Practice Review
    Committee
   16(1) A registered association may establish
    a Registration Committee and a Practice
    Review Committee in accordance with the
    regulations.
   (2) The Registration Committee and the
    Practice Review Committee shall have the
    procedures, powers and duties prescribed by
    regulation.
   Registration Committee
   2(1) The Registration Committee is established consisting of
        (a)      one professional electrical contractor who is a Board
    member,
        (b)      at least 2 professional electrical contractors who are not
    Board members,
        (c)      one certified master electrician who is a Board member,
        (d)      at least 2 certified master electricians who are not Board
    members, and
        (e)      at least one registered master electrician who is not a Board
    member.
   (2) The members of the Registration Committee must be appointed by
    the Board in accordance with the bylaws.
   (3) The Registration Committee must meet at the call of its chair.
   (4) A quorum at a meeting of the Registration Committee is a majority of
    the members appointed.
   Powers and duties of Registration Committee
     4(1) The Registration Committee must consider applications
        from persons to become members of the Association in
        accordance with this Regulation and may
         (a)      approve the registration if the applicant meets the
        requirements of section 9, 9.1, 9.2 or 10,
         (b)      refuse to approve the registration, or
         (c)      defer approval until the applicant has satisfied the
        requirements of section 9, 9.1, 9.2 or 10.
       (2) The Registration Committee must send a written notice of
        any decision made by it to the applicant.
       (3) If the decision made by the Registration Committee is to
        refuse the registration of the applicant, the notice of the
        decision must include reasons for that decision.
   Practice Review Committee
   11(1) The Practice Review Committee is established consisting of
        (a)      one professional electrical contractor who is a Board
    member,
        (b)      at least 2 professional electrical contractors who are not
    Board members, one of whom must be appointed as the chair,
        (c)      one certified master electrician who is a Board member,
        (d)      at least 2 certified master electricians who are not Board
    members, and
        (e)      at least one registered master electrician who is not a Board
    member.
   (2) The members of the Practice Review Committee must be appointed
    by the Board in accordance with the bylaws.
   (3) The Practice Review Committee must meet at the call of its chair.
   (4) A quorum at a meeting of the Practice Review Committee is a
    majority of the members appointed.
   Powers and duties of Practice Review Committee
   12 The Practice Review Committee may, on its own initiative, and must,
    at the request of the Board, inquire into and report to and advise the
    Board in respect of
        (a)      the assessment and development of educational standards
    and experience requirements required for registration as a member,
        (b)      the evaluation of desirable standards of competence in the
    practice of electrical contracting or in the practice of the electrical
    industry generally,
        (c)      any other matter that the Board considers necessary or
    appropriate in connection with the exercise of its powers and the
    performance of its duties in relation to competence in the practice of
    electrical contracting or in the practice of the electrical industry under
    this Regulation, and
        (d)      the practice of electrical contracting or the practice of the
    electrical industry generally.
   Discipline Committee
   17 A registered association shall establish a
    Discipline Committee in accordance with the
    regulations.
   Discipline Committee
   15(1) The Discipline Committee is established consisting of
        (a)     one professional electrical contractor who is a Board
    member,
        (b)     at least 2 professional electrical contractors who are not
    Board members,
        (c)     one certified master electrician who is a Board member,
        (d)     at least 2 certified master electricians who are not Board
    members, and
        (e)     at least one registered master electrician who is not a Board
    member.
   (2) The members of the Discipline Committee must be appointed by the
    Board in accordance with the bylaws.
   (3) The Discipline Committee must meet at the call of its chair.
   (4) A quorum at a meeting of the Discipline Committee is a majority of
    the members appointed.
   Costs
   16(1) The Discipline Committee, with respect to hearings before it, and the
    Board, with respect to reviews by it, may order the investigated person to pay the
    following costs:
         (a)       the fee payable to the counsel advising the Discipline Committee
    or Board at the hearing or review and the fee payable to the counsel acting in a
    prosecutory role at the hearing or review;
         (b)       the cost of recording the evidence and preparing transcripts;
         (c)       the expenses of the members constituting the Discipline
    Committee including, without limitation, the daily allowances of those members;
         (d)       any other expenses incurred by the Association that are incidental
    to the hearing or review.
   (2) If the Board determines under section 22(3)(a) of the Act that a complaint is
    frivolous or vexatious, it may order the complainant to pay the following costs:
         (a)       the fee payable to the counsel advising the Board at any hearing
    held by the Board;
         (b)       any other expenses incurred by the Association that are incidental
    to any hearing held by the Board.
   Part 3
    Complaint Proceedings
   Conduct
   19 Any conduct of a member of a registered association that in
    the opinion of a Discipline Committee or of a governing body
    reviewing an order pursuant to section 35
       (a)      is detrimental to the best interests of the public,
       (b)      harms or tends to harm the standing of the profession
    or occupation generally, or
       (c)      displays a lack of knowledge of or a lack of skill or
    judgment in the practice of the profession or occupation,
   whether or not that conduct is disgraceful or dishonourable,
    constitutes either professional or occupational misconduct or
    unskilled practice of the profession or occupation, whichever the
    Discipline Committee or the governing body finds.
   Making a complaint
   20(1) A person who has a complaint that the conduct of a
    member of a registered association constitutes
       (a)     unskilled practice of the profession or
    occupation, or
       (b)     professional or occupational misconduct,
   may submit a signed, written complaint to the chair.
   (2) Proceedings on a complaint with respect to a member
    of a registered association whose registration was
    cancelled or suspended pursuant to this Act may,
    notwithstanding the cancellation or suspension, be
    commenced within one year following the date of
    cancellation or suspension as if the cancellation or
    suspension had not occurred.
   Notice of complaint
   21(1) On receiving a complaint under section 20, the chair shall
    serve notice of the complaint on the member of the registered
    association named in the complaint.
   (2) The notice shall include a request for a written response to the
    complaint in accordance with the regulations.
   (3) Within 30 days after service of the notice under subsection (1),
    the chair shall direct
        (a)     that no further action be taken, if the chair is satisfied
    that the complaint is frivolous or vexatious, or
        (b)     that a hearing be held before a Discipline Committee
    not more than 60 days after receipt of the complaint, or within any
    longer period on which the chair and the member agree, to
    consider the complaint.
   Notice of direction
   22(1) The chair shall serve the investigated person and the complainant
    with notice of any direction made under section 21(3).
   (2) A complainant who is served with a notice informing the complainant
    that a direction under section 21(3)(a) has been made may, within 30
    days after receipt of the notice, appeal that decision to the governing
    body of the registered association by a signed written notice served on
    the president of the registered association.
   (3) On an appeal under subsection (2), the governing body shall at its
    next scheduled meeting determine whether
        (a)        the complaint is frivolous or vexatious, or
        (b)        the complaint should be referred to the Discipline
    Committee for a hearing in accordance with this Act and, if so, the time
    limits, if any, within which the hearing must be held,
   and shall serve its written decision on the complainant, the investigated
    person and the chair.
   Notice of hearing
   23 If a hearing is to be held pursuant to section 21(3)(b) or 22(3)(b), the chair shall, at least 30 days before the
    hearing, serve on the investigated person and the complainant a notice stating the date, time and place at which
    the Discipline Committee will hold the hearing.
   1985 cP-18.5 s23
   Adjournment
   24 A Discipline Committee may adjourn a hearing from time to time.
   1985 cP-18.5 s24
   Suspension
   25 Notwithstanding anything in this Act, a Discipline Committee may suspend the registration of an
    investigated person pending its decision on the complaint.
   1985 cP-18.5 s25
   Counsel
   26 The investigated person may make oral representations and be represented at a hearing by an agent or
    counsel.
   1985 cP-18.5 s26
   Private proceedings
   27 All proceedings before a Discipline Committee and the governing body with respect to complaints may be
    held in camera.
   1985 cP-18.5 s27
   Evidence
   28(1) Evidence may be given before a Discipline Committee in any manner that the Committee considers
    appropriate, and the Committee is not bound by the rules of law respecting evidence applicable to judicial
    proceedings.
   (2) For the purposes of a hearing under this Act, any member of the governing body or a Discipline Committee
    has the power of a commissioner for oaths under the Commissioners for Oaths Act.
   Provides for calling witnesses;
   Provides for proceedings for civil contempt of
    court; and
   Provides for hearing in absence of the
    investigated person
   Order
   33(1) If a Discipline Committee is satisfied that a complaint against the
    investigated person of professional or occupational misconduct or unskilled
    practice of the profession or occupation has been proved in whole or in part, it
    may, by order, do any one or more of the following:
         (a)       direct the suspension of the registration of the investigated
    person for a stated period with or without conditions, including completion of a
    specified course of studies or obtaining supervised practical experience;
         (b)       direct the cancellation of the investigated person’s registration;
         (c)       require the investigated person to complete the training
    prescribed by the Discipline Committee at the times and in the manner specified
    in the order.
   (2) A Discipline Committee shall
         (a)       serve any order it makes, together with written reasons for
    making the order, on the investigated person, and
         (b)       inform the complainant in writing of the nature of the order.
   Cancellation and suspension
   17(1) The registration of a member is cancelled or suspended
    when the decision to cancel or suspend the registration is made in
    accordance with the Act or this Regulation.
   (2) The Association’s registrar must enter a memorandum of the
    cancellation or suspension of the registration in the appropriate
    register indicating
        (a)      the date of the cancellation or suspension,
        (b)      the period of the suspension, and
        (c)      the nature of any finding under Part 3 of the Act.
   (3) If the registration of a member is cancelled, the person whose
    registration is cancelled must, on request, surrender to the
    Association’s registrar all documents relating to the registration.
   Payment of fines and costs
   34(1) The Discipline Committee may, in addition to or instead of dealing with the conduct of an
    investigated person in accordance with section 33, order that the investigated person pay to the
    registered association
           (a)        all or part of the costs, determined in accordance with the regulations, of the
    hearing before the Discipline Committee or a review under section 35,
           (b)        a fine not exceeding $5000 for each finding of unskilled practice or professional
    or occupational misconduct or $25 000 in the aggregate for all such findings arising out of the
    hearing, or
           (c)        both the costs under clause (a) and the fine under clause (b),
   within the time set by the order.
   (2) If the person ordered to pay a fine or costs, or both, under subsection (1) fails to pay the fine
    or costs, or both, within the time ordered, the governing body of the registered association may
    suspend the registration of that person until the fine or costs, or both, are paid.
   (3) If the governing body finds under section 22(3)(a) that a complaint is frivolous or vexatious,
    the Discipline Committee may order the complainant to pay all or part of the costs, determined in
    accordance with the regulations, of the proceeding before the governing body.
   (4) A fine or costs ordered to be paid under this section are a debt due to the registered
    association and may be recovered by the association by civil action for debt.
 Review application
 35(1) A member of the Discipline Committee or the
  investigated person in respect of whom an order has
  been made under section 33 or 34(1) may, within 30
  days after the service of the order, by written notice
  served on the president of the registered association,
  request the governing body to review the order.
 (2) A notice under subsection (1) shall set out the
  reasons for the request and describe the order being
  appealed.
 (3) On receiving a written request to review an order,
  the governing body shall review the order and the
  reasons for the order forthwith.
   Provides for Review;
   Provides for Appeal;
   Provides for Powers of Court.
   Misrepresentation
   43(1) No person, except a member of a registered association, shall use a
    designated title, alone or in combination with any other title, name, description,
    abbreviation, letter or symbol, in such a way as to represent expressly or by
    implication that the person is a member of the registered association.
   (2) A person whose registration is cancelled or suspended under this Act shall not
    hold out that the person is a member of the registered association.
   1985 cP-18.5 s41
   Offence
   44(1) A person who contravenes section 43 is guilty of an offence and liable
        (a)       for a first offence, to a fine of not more than $2000,
        (b)       for a 2nd offence, to a fine of not more than $4000, and
        (c)       for a 3rd and every subsequent offence, to a fine of not more than
    $6000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than 6 months or to both a fine
    and imprisonment.
   (2) A prosecution under this section may be commenced within 2 years after the
    alleged commission of the offence, but not afterwards.
   21 A member must
          (a)          conduct himself or herself in a professional, ethical and responsible manner,
          (b)          act in accordance with all applicable legislation and other laws,
          (c)          maintain currency in the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out the
    member’s duties,
          (d)          report any incompetent, illegal or unethical conduct of any member to the
    appropriate authority,
          (e)          take all reasonable steps to ensure that the working conditions of those under
    the member’s supervision are safe and that electrical installations are designed and operated in a
    safe manner,
          (f)          act in the best interests of the client and provide professional services with
    integrity, objectivity and independence,
          (g)          hold in confidence all client information unless the member is permitted by the
    client or is required by the Act or any other enactment or by order of a court to disclose the
    information,
          (h)          continually seek further knowledge, innovation and advanced technologies in
    new products, business procedures and all other matters that enhance the reputation of the
    profession,
          (i)          refrain from engaging in any business practices that detract from the
    professional image of the Association or its members, and
          (j)          refrain from serving a client under any terms or conditions that would impair
    the member’s independence.
   A request is before the Minister of Municipal
    Affairs to amend the Permit Regulation to
    recognize “Certified Master Electrician” in
    place of “Master Electrician”.
   Work is being done on recognizing the two
    programs concurrently until point 1 is
    addressed.
   The ECAA is proposing that starting January 1,
    2009:
     On a Master Electrician’s expiry, one would declare
      oneself a Certified Master or Registered Master
      Electrician for registration purposes.
     This is grandfathering for the RME and CME title.
     For CME’s though, in order to renew the following
      year, one must show evidence of:
      ▪ Education in the currently adopted edition of the CEC; and
      ▪ Education in Ethics.
 eth·ic (thk) n. 1. a. A set of principles of right
  conduct.
 b. A theory or a system of moral values: "An
  ethic of service is at war with a craving for gain"
  Gregg Easterbrook.
 2. ethics (used with a sing. verb) The study of the
  general nature of morals and of the specific
  moral choices to be made by a person; moral
  philosophy.
 3. ethics (used with a sing. or pl. verb) The rules
  or standards governing the conduct of a person
  or the members of a profession: medical ethics.
 1 a: of, relating to, or characteristic of a profession b:
  engaged in one of the learned professions c (1):
  characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical
  standards of a profession (2): exhibiting a courteous,
  conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the
  workplace.
 2 a: participating for gain or livelihood in an activity or field
  of endeavor often engaged in by amateurs <a professional
  golfer> b: having a particular profession as a permanent
  career <a professional soldier> c: engaged in by persons
  receiving financial return <professional football>
 3: following a line of conduct as though it were a
  profession <a professional patriot>
   This is YOUR program
   This is Self Regulation
   This is Professionalism
   This will be as successful as you are willing to
    make it
   The foundation exists to catapult Alberta
    Master Electricians to the highest possible
    technical, educational, and professional
    standards possible.
Where would you
 like to take it?
   Thank you for the opportunity to present to
    you.
   Thank you for your attendance and attention.
   Your feedback is always welcome.
   www.ecaa.ab.ca

				
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