Engineers have an obligation to serve the public and protect health, safety and the environment. In the face of a changing climate, the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events, and the large infrastructure investments being made by the federal government, it is vital that engineers be prepared to ensure that what we build today can withstand the climate of tomorrow.
The Infrastructure Resilience Professional (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. The IRP certification provides increased confidence to infrastructure owners and operators, to governments, and to the public that the recommendations or approvals being made by these engineers are supported by advanced training and experience in climate vulnerability assessment, risk management and climate adaptation, on top of the robust set of requirements they must meet to be a licensed engineer.
Building on the experience and success of Engineers Canada’s PIEVC Protocol, this certification program will create a cohort of engineers with the additional knowledge and competencies required to improve the resiliency of the built environment in communities across Canada.
The IRP certification is currently targeted at climate and extreme weather risks (current and future), but will evolve to include other natural hazards (e.g. seismic and wildfire as well as intentional/deliberate threats such as cyber-security and accident/technical failures) to infrastructure systems.