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Membership and Qualifications for Membership

(Extracted from the By-Laws of the The Barbados Association of Professional Engineers, hereinafter called “the Company)

2.  MEMBERSHIP AND QUALIFICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP

  1. The membership of the Company shall consist of Honorary Members, Corporate Members, Graguate Memners, Student Members and Affiliate members.
  2. Honorary Members shall be chosen from those who have become eminent in engineering or kindred sciences.
  3. A Corporate Member shall (a) possess a degree from a University or School of Engineering recognised by the Company or shall possess some equivalent qualification recognised by the Company; (b) have had not less than four years approved experience in engineering subsequent to obtaining his qualifications and (c) at the time of his application for membership be actually engaged in professional engineering works.
  4. A Graduate Member shall at the time of his application for membership possess a degree from a University or school of Engineering recognised by the Company or shall possess some equivalent qualification recognised by the Company.
  5. A Student Member shall at the time of his application be actually pursuing a course of study which leads to an academic qualification recognised by the Company.
  6. An Affiliate Member shall be one who does not qualify for membership under any of the foregoing subsections of Section 2 but who holds a position of responsibility in engineering acceptable to the Committee and whose pursuits and practical experience are in the opinion of the Committee likely to enable him to contribute to the advancement of engineering knowledge.
  7. An Honorary Member shall be entitled to the use after his name the designation “MBAPE (Hon.)”; a Corporate Member the designation “MBAPE”; an Affiliate the designation “Affiliate BAPE”.

 

CODE OF ETHICS

All members of the Company shall be bound by a Code of Ethics approved by the Committee and the breach by any member of any of the articles of the Code of Ethics may, at the discretion of the Committee, constitute sufficient grounds for the suspension or expulsion of such members under Section 6 of these By-laws.

 

 

  1. ADMISSION TO MEMBERSHIP AND TRANSFER

 

  • Nominations for Honorary membership shall be made by the Committee and such nominee shall become an Honorary Member on approval by a simple majority of those present and voting at any General Meeting of the Company.

 

  • Application for admission to membership other than Honorary membership or for transfer from one grade of membership to another shall be made on the prescribed forms, and the admission or transfer of any candidate shall be subject to the approval of a majority of the Committee and in accordance with the requirements of Section 2.

 

  • A Graduate Member shall apply for membership under Section 2(3) as soon as he fulfills the requirements of engineering experience.
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New BAPE Committee Elected

New BAPE Committee elected

TTbrowne_aLt Col Trevor Browne has been elected president of the Barbados Association of Professional Engineers at the AGM held on 7 November 2017.
Engineer Grenville Phillips did not seek reelection to the Board. Other committee members elected are:

  • Engineer Andrea Palmer -1st Vice President
  • Mr Jason Clarke -Secretary
  • Engineer Paula Agbowu – Treasurer
  • Engineer Eric Clarke – member
  • Mr Vincent Jones   – member
  • Engineer William Ashby – member
  • Engineer George Johnson – member

Mr Kenton Gamble is student observer, and Engineer Philips will fill the post of Past President.

The new committee has already outlined an aggressive promotional program for engineering over the next year. The plan involves a strategic review of BAPE’s role in Barbadian society, a new look at Continuous Professional Development for engineers, and a much more aggressive public education program in engineering.

Adjudication Service

The often reported delays in the judicial process has prompted BAPE to offer an adjudication service to the public, in order to expedite the resolution of construction and engineering related disputes.

Construction projects work well when: contractors are confident that they will be paid as contracted, and developers are confident that the construction cost, quality, and completion time will be as contracted. Unresolved disputes can erode this confidence.

The BAPE adjudication process includes an application form that is designed to allow each disputing party to view the dispute from the other side’s perspective. BAPE hopes that many disputes will be resolved by simply completing the form. If the parties choose to submit the form, then on payment of the fee, a peer reviewed preliminary decision will be provided to both parties for their critical review within one month.

The service may be obtained by contacting BAPE. The rules and Adjudication forms can be assessed by clicking on the following link: BAPE Adjudication Rules

Council of Caribbean Engineering Organisations

The Council of Caribbean Engineering Organisations was formed in 1969.

The object for which the Council was constituted is to advance the science, art and practice of engineering in the public interest, and for this purpose:

(a) To group the organisations of Professional Engineers in different Caribbean countries into one regional organisation and to promote the establishment of Professional Engineering organisations where such do not exist.

(b) To study, promote and protect in common the professional interests of member engineering organisations.

(c) To foster cooperation and the exchange of information concerning engineering matters among the members and to facilitate co-operation with other regional and international organisations collaborating in technical affairs.

(d) To set up standards and rules of ‘professional conduct for engineers in conformity with the responsibility and dignity of the profession and to watch over their application and observance.

(e) To encourage the maximum use of the members from the various regional engineering organisations in the social and economic development of the region.

(f) To foster the education, training and professional development of engineers at all levels of professional and technical competence.

(g) To promote meetings on engineering and related subjects.

(h) To undertake specific projects relating to the objects of the Committee.

(i) To do all other things incidental and conducive to the to the attainment of the objects of the Council.

Professional Registration

Qualifications for registration as per Section 5 of the Engineers Registration Act, CAP 368B.

N.B: The originals provided by the applicant will be returned

A  Qualifications for registration as per Section 5 of the Act.

1) Subject to Section 6, a person is entitled to be registered as an Engineer under this Act if, on application made to the Board, he satisfies the Board that:

a) he is qualified to be registered; and

b) he is a fit and proper person to practice engineering in Barbados.

c) provide in column (d) on page 3 of this document, a full explanation with details and/or examples of Engineering work experience performed during this period.

2) For the purpose of subsection (1), a person is qualified to be registered as an engineer if:

a) he has been awarded

(i) a degree in engineering by the University of the West Indies, or

(ii) a degree, diploma or other qualification in engineering granted by a University or School of engineering that, in the opinion of the Board, is evidence of satisfactory training in engineering; and

b) he has had not less than four (4) years of such experience in engineering, as the Board approves.

B.  The Applicant must furnish to the Secretary of the Board together with the one hard copy application, the following:

a) qualifications and proof of identity (originals).

b) a completed electronic copy of the application form must be e‐mailed to the Engineers Registration Board at: erb@caribsurf.com

c) any further and other information as the Board requires in respect of the matters relating to the application.


The application form can be downloaded from the link below.

ERB Application Form

Continuing Professional Development Programme

BARBADOS ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS’

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

Frequently Asked Questions

The Barbados Association of Professional Engineers ratified a mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme during the Annual General Meeting of 2003.  This page explains the programme in a Frequently Asked Questions format.

1.  Why does the CPD program have to be mandatory?

Professional organisations around the world are moving relatively quickly to implement compulsory CPD programs for their members with varying consequences.  Part of BAPE’s responsibility is to ensure that the Engineering profession in Barbados is properly positioned to participate in the global market place.

2.  What are the penalties for non-compliance?

  • Graduate members must complete the minimum CPD requirements to transfer to Corporate membership.
  • Corporate members who fail to meet the minimum CPD requirements will be invited to an interview with the CPD Sub-committee and an interim arrangement will be designed specifically for that member. Interim arrangements will be designed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Corporate members who blatantly reject the CPD program will be recommended to the Engineers Registration Board for de-registration.

3.  What are the actual requirements?

The minimum CPD requirements are 5 CPD activities where a minimum of 3 of them must be Technical activities.

4.  How is a CPD activity defined?

A CPD activity is defined as obtaining an additional skill or additional knowledge through personal research or attendance at a presentation.

5.  What type of CPD activities qualify?

After considering the present relevant resources and opportunities available in Barbados and the region, the minimum CPD requirements were designed to be attainable and to allow full participation by all Engineers in Barbados.

The following activities have CPD value.  The technical activities must have Engineering content.

Technical (with Engineering content) Activities CPD Value
Researching and preparing a technical article that is subsequently published in an international Engineering Journal. 3 activities per article
Researching and preparing a technical article that is subsequently published in a publication that has a technical audience.  Technical articles can be published in technical journals and newsletters including BAPE’s newsletter and journal. 2 activities per article
Researching, preparing and making a technical presentation to a technical audience.  Technical presentations can be made at any technical workshop, seminar, convention, conference, office, or anywhere where there is a technical audience. 1 activity per presentation  topic.
Attending a technical presentation. Technical presentations can be made at any technical workshop, seminar, convention, conference, office, or anywhere where there is a technical audience. ½ activity per presentation  topic.
Attending a short technical course. Courses must be a minimum of one-half day duration (3 hours minimum), otherwise they are counted as technical presentations. 1 activity per         ½ day session.

 

Non-Technical Activities CPD Value
Researching and preparing a non-technical article that is subsequently published.  Non-technical articles can be published in newspapers, magazines, journals, newsletters, or any BAPE approved publication. 1 activity per article
Researching, preparing and making a non-technical presentation.  Non-technical presentations can be made at any workshop, seminar, convention, conference, office, or anywhere where there is an audience. 1 activity per presentation  topic.
Attending a non-technical presentation. Non-technical presentations can be made at any workshop, seminar, convention, conference, office, or anywhere where there is an audience. ½ activity per presentation  topic.
Attending a short non-technical course. Courses must be a minimum of one-half day duration (3 hours minimum), otherwise they are counted as technical presentations. 1 activity per         ½ day session

6.  Is anyone exempt from the CPD program?

The following categories of persons are exempt from the CPD program.

  • Members who are actively enrolled at university, Community College, BIMAP, or similar approved learning (including distance) institutions are exempt from the CPD program during the year that they are enrolled.
  • Members who are not practising Engineering and who are not Registered with the Engineers Registration Board.
  • Members who have retired and are no longer practising Engineering.

7.  How is completing an activity verified?

  • Once an article is published, a copy should be forwarded to the Secretariat with a note stating whether the article was technical or non-technical.
  • Within one week of making a presentation, the Secretariat should be informed in writing (e-mail acceptable) of the presentation’s topic, date, venue, and whether the presentation was technical or non-technical.
  • Within one week of attending a presentation, the Secretariat should be informed in writing (e-mail acceptable) of the presentation’s topic, date, venue, and whether the presentation was technical or non-technical. Since registration is required at BAPE luncheon presentations, informing the Secretariat after attending would therefore not be required.
  • Within one week of completing a course, the Secretariat should be informed in writing (e-mail acceptable) of the course’s topic, date, venue, and whether the course was technical or non-technical. Since registration is required at BAPE courses, informing the Secretariat after attending would therefore not be required.
  • Members enrolled at institutions of learning should provide the Secretariat with evidence of enrolment.

8.  How will I know how many activities I have attended?

At any time, members can request from the Secretarial the number of approved CPD activities that they have completed.  Members will also be informed of the number of approved CPD activities that they have attended with their annual subscription notices.

9.  When will I be called to give an account?

The programme is based on a three year moving total.  Therefore a shortfall in any year can be made up in the following years, and any extra activities can be carried forward to for up to two years.  The three-year total must not be less than 15 activities.

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