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Friday, December 15, 2017

The use of qualified persons helps streamline low-risk activities and leads to enhanced environmental protection through:  

  • improved environmental submissions and reports in all areas;
  • improved compliance with code; and
  • effective use of innovation and alternatives. 
When do I need to use a QP How do I apply


Who qualifies?
Qualified persons are based on the following principles:

  • Use professional designations where statutory regulations exist and the competencies are relevant;
  • Include those with competencies based on education and experience;
  • Acknowledge that a certified QP’s role may be as a supervisor (certifying that appropriate steps have been taken and that advice relied upon is sound);
  • Do not infringe on the exclusive scope of self-regulated professions;
  • Encourage but not require liability insurance; and
  • Comply with existing trade agreements.

Qualified persons require specific qualifications depending on the type of activity and certification or report required.

The code chapters define who the qualified person is for each specific activity.  Generally speaking, QPs are associated with a profession and/or professional body of practice. In some circumstances, additional criteria are applied such as education and work experience. In addition, for those who do not meet the criteria, an individual can request to be designated by the Minister to become a qualified person. 

The identification of appropriate Qualified Persons is critical to the success of the results-based regulatory model as these people play important roles in achieving code outcomes.

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