In 2015, Engineers Canada launched the Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) certification for Canadian engineers. With required training in asset management, risk management, the PIEVC Protocol, climate science, and climate change law, the IRP certification provides engineers with the additional knowledge and competencies they need to plan, design, and manage resilient infrastructure in the face of a changing climate.
At Engineers Canada’s 2018 Annual Meeting of Members, members approved the 2019-2021 Strategic Plan, the result of months of consultations with the 12 provincial and territorial engineering regulators. The Strategic Plan dictates that Engineers Canada cease offering the IRP credential. Thus, the IRP program is currently on hiatus, and Engineers Canada is no longer credentialing engineers as IRPs. Engineers Canada will no longer be offering the courses required for the IRP program unless specifically requested by one of the engineering regulators, and if so requested, the courses will only be offered as continuing professional development, and not to satisfy the requirements of the IRP credential.
Engineers Canada and the 12 regulators still believe that engineers have an important role to play in ensuring that Canada’s infrastructure can withstand the effects of the current and future climate, and that the training and skills that the IRP courses provide to engineers are valuable. In the coming months, Engineers Canada will be evaluating options for the program, including the possibility that another organization may be willing to undertake the IRP program and continue offering the credential to Canadian engineers.