Engineers Canada presents new Infrastructure Resilience certification

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Engineers Canada presented the first cohort of professional engineers with the new certification of Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) at a launch on June 9, 2016.

The six engineers being certified have each completed a series of professional development workshops that enhances their competency in planning, designing and managing resilient infrastructure in the face of a changing climate and extreme weather—as well as practical application of their knowledge.

“I am proud to present these accomplished engineers with our first-ever Infrastructure Resilience Professional certifications,” said Engineers Canada CEO Kim Allen, MBA, FEC, FCAE, P.Eng.

“Infrastructure owners and operators, governments and the public can have increased confidence that the recommendations and approvals made by these engineers are supported by advanced training and experience in climate vulnerability assessment, risk management, and climate adaptation.”

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Licensed engineers across Canada have a professional duty to serve the public and protect health, safety and the natural environment. As such, they are subject to legal responsibilities and potential liability relating to climate impacts and associated damages to infrastructure.

To be certified as an Infrastructure Resilience Professional, engineers must complete four training workshops on topics related to engineering and climate change, including climate law, climate science and asset management, and a workshop on the application of the Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) Protocol.

The PIEVC Protocol is Engineers Canada’s  process for engineers, planners and decision-makers to identify and recommend measures to address the vulnerabilities and risks from climate change on infrastructure. In addition, the IRP must have completed a report on an infrastructure climate resiliency assessment or been involved in an assessment as a client/owner.

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