The IRP Program was designed to help infrastructure practitioners strengthen the knowledge and competencies they require to advance more climate-resilient approaches for the planning, design and management of infrastructure.

Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Credentialling Program

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The IRP Program has been designed to help infrastructure practitioners strengthen the knowledge and competencies they require to advance more climate-resilient approaches for the planning, design and management of infrastructure. Engineers Canada – the umbrella organization for the 12 regional Canadian regulators of the engineering profession – launched the Program in 2016 as a series of courses for engineers on the  PIEVC Protocol, asset management, risk management, and climate change law.

These online courses will be of interest to engineers and other professionals who are involved in the planning, procurement, design, operation, maintenance, management and regulation of infrastructure and who need to consider the changing climate in carrying out these activities.

CRI assumed responsibility for the Program in July 2020 and began offering the courses in November 2020.

Two new courses are under development, one on climate science for engineers and one on climate-smart policy and procurement.

To obtain the IRP credential, engineers must successfully complete six courses: Climate Change and Infrastructure Risk Assessment – the PIEVC Protocol, Management of Climate Risk for Infrastructure Professionals, Asset Management and Climate Resiliency, Climate Law for Infrastructure Practitioners, Applied Climate Science for Infrastructure Professionals, and Climate-Smart Policy and Procurement. Each course is briefly described below.

 

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IRP Courses

 

Climate Change and Infrastructure Risk Assessment - the PIEVC Protocol

This online course provides an introduction to, exercises using, and case studies of the Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) Protocol for Climate Change and Infrastructure Risk Assessment. Read more...

 

Asset Management and Climate Resiliency

Asset management is a pragmatic and necessary process for implementing climate action and building community resilience in the face of climate change. Asset management involves balancing costs, levels of service, and risks across different infrastructure types (including natural assets) and life cycle phases. It is an iterative process that fosters a holistic understanding of complex systems and service requirements. When used effectively, asset management allows timely interventions (“doing the right thing, to the right asset, at the right time”) and makes systems and the services they provide to the public more resilient, sustainable, and affordable.    

This  online course introduces the fundamentals of asset management so that learners can identify the benefits and challenges of infrastructure asset management and link this to their own practice, including land use planning, operations and maintenance, finance, and risk management. The course provides an understanding of how climate can impact assets and services, and how the asset management process can be used to effectively implement climate action to build resilience.

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Management of Climate Risk for Infrastructure Professionals

This online course will address the societal importance of risk-based decision making, introduce a diverse set of risk management frameworks, and review the main principles and definitions underlying risk and, more specifically, public risk management. The course reviews core analytical tools used in risk assessment; explores trade-offs in choices among risk assessment methods; and addresses common human errors in reasoning about probability and risk. Using a climate change and flooding case study example, the course works through all key stages of risk assessment and management. Addressing a key need, the course includes a full module on risk communication principles and practice. 

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Climate Law for Infrastructure Practitioners

This online course will provide an overview of legal frameworks aimed at mitigating and adapting to climate change and discuss existing and emerging legal obligations relevant to infrastructure professionals at the provincial, federal and international level. It will hone in on the roles and responsibilities of infrastructure professionals and how they can adapt their practices to incorporate climate change and reduce exposure to potential negligence lawsuits, and explore corporate issues relating to climate change, including risk disclosure requirements, asset management and director and officer obligations, as infrastructure professionals have a role in managing these risks and assisting clients to improve climate risk disclosure.  Read more...

 

Applied Climate Science for Infrastructure Professionals

This course will focus on building competency and skills to access climate data and climate services, and to apply climate information in the context of engineering, infrastructure and design to support climate change adaptation and resilience. It will provide clear, concise and up-to-date information for engineers and other practitioners interested in enhancing the climate resilience of existing and new infrastructure systems. It is intended to prepare practitioners to form collaborative interdisciplinary teams to analyze principal challenges and opportunities for climate change integration in the conventional project cycle.

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Climate-Smart Policy and Procurement

This course is under development.

 

Check back for the upcoming IRP training schedule and registration. For more information, please contact, Paul Cobb.

 

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Upcoming Courses

 

Management of Climate Risk for Infrastructure Professionals

May 3 to May 31, 2022 (12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Eastern)

This online course addresses the societal importance of risk-based decision making, introduces a diverse set of risk management frameworks, and reviews main principles and definitions underlying risk and, more specifically, public risk management. The course reviews core analytical tools used in risk assessment; explores trade-offs in choices among risk assessment methods; and addresses common human errors in reasoning about probability and risk. Using a climate change and flooding case study example, the course works through all key stages of risk assessment and management. Addressing a key need, the course includes a full module on risk communication principles and practice. 

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Applied Climate Science for Infrastructure Professionals

May 19  to June 23, 2022 (12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Eastern)

This course will focus on building competency and skills to access climate data and climate services, and to apply climate information in the context of engineering, infrastructure and design to support climate change adaptation and resilience. It will provide clear, concise and up-to-date information for engineers and other practitioners interested in enhancing the climate resilience of existing and new infrastructure systems.

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Évaluation du changement climatique et des risques pour les infrastructures: le protocole CVIIP

Les jeudis du 7 avril au 5 mai 2022 (13h30 à 15h30 heure de l’est)

Ce cours en ligne fournit aux participants de l’information sur le protocole CVIIP et l’occasion de mettre en pratique ce processus et cet outil concret, qui soutient l’évaluation systématique des risques des changements climatiques avec des infrastructures publiques. Ce cours est pertinent pour les ingénieurs et les autres professionnels qui participent aux politiques, à la planification, à l’approvisionnement, à la conception préalable, à la conception, à l’exploitation, à la maintenance, à la gestion et à la règlementation des infrastructures et qui doivent considérer les changements climatiques dans le cadre de ces activités. Pour plus d'informations, cliquez ici.

 

Climate Change and Infrastructure Risk Assessment - the PIEVC Protocol

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This online course provides participants with information about, and practice with the PIEVC Protocol, a practical tool and process that supports the systematic assessment of the risks of extreme weather and future climate in relation to public infrastructure. Developed in partnership with Natural Resources Canada, the Protocol is a structured procedure using standard risk assessment processes to assess and fully document the vulnerability of infrastructure to the impacts of current and future climate at a screening level, and related risks. For more information, click here.

Asset Management and Climate Resiliency

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This online course introduces the fundamentals of asset management so that learners can identify the benefits and challenges of infrastructure asset management and link this to their own practice, including land use planning, operations and maintenance, finance, and risk management. The course provides an understanding of how climate can impact assets and services, and how the asset management process can be used to effectively implement climate action to build resilience. For more information, click here!

 

 

 

 

 

Rules for Obtaining and Maintaining the IRP Credential

 

Obtaining your IRP credential requires: 

  • You are already a licensed professional engineer (P.Eng); 
  • You successfully complete the six IRP courses within a three-year time period. 
  • You can demonstrate you have led or substantively contributed 320 total hours as a P.Eng on climate change and infrastructure projects, on at least two (2) distinct projects.
  • Note: IRP courses taken by an engineer while still an EIT may be counted toward the IRP credential. However, the credential itself will be granted only once the EIT has become a P.Eng and has met, as a P.Eng, the projects requirement stipulated above. 

 

Maintaining your IRP credential requires:  

  • You remain up-to-date with your IRP membership ($75 renewal each year); 
  • You provide, every second year upon membership renewal, proof of continuing professional development related to climate change and infrastructure resiliency. 

 

The IRP credential is outside of, and in addition to, professional engineering licensure.  

 

Benefits of the IRP

 

The IRP enhances confidence that the infrastructure engineer has the knowledge to: 

 

  • use requisite tools to assess future climate impacts;  
  • apply a systems approach to threats on infrastructure services, to maintain their safe operations; and, 
  • reduce risk to the public resulting from a changing climate. 

 

The IRP may help the infrastructure engineer

 

  •  acquire and maintain additional competencies to increase their marketability and make them better multi-discipline team leaders; and, 
  • reduce their professional and legal exposure. 

Course Details

Applied Climate Science for Infrastructure Professionals

An Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Online Course Thursday, May 19 to Thursday, June 23, 2022 (12:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Eastern) The Applied Science for Infrastructure Professionals online course will focus on building competency and skills to access climate data and climate services, and to apply climate information in the context of engineering, infrastructure and design to support climate change adaptation and resilience. Click here to register… Course Fee: $625 plus HST (if pursuing the IRP credential )$475 plus HST (if for professional development only) Fees cover course instruction and presentation materials in pdf format. Participants will be provided access…

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Management of Climate Risk for Infrastructure Professionals

An Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Online Course Tuesdays from May 3 to May 31, 2022 (12:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Eastern) The Management of Climate Risk for Infrastructure Professionals online course addresses the societal importance of risk-based decision making, introduces a diverse set of risk management frameworks, and reviews main principles and definitions underlying risk and, more specifically, public risk management. Course Fee: $625 plus HST (if pursuing the IRP credential ) $475 plus HST (if for professional development only) Fees cover course instruction and presentation materials in pdf format. Participants will be provided access to course materials one week…

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Évaluation du changement climatique et des risques pour les infrastructures : le protocole CVIIP 

Nouvelle date! Ce cours commencera le 7 avril 2022.  Les jeudis du 7 avril au 5 mai 2022 (13h30 à 15h30 heure de l’est) Cliquez ici pour vous inscrire. $625 (plus les taxes applicables) – Si vous recherchez une accréditation IRP  $475.00 (plus les taxes applicables) – si vous vous inscrivez uniquement pour développement professionnel  Des tarifs de groupe sont disponibles si vous inscrivez trois personnes ou plus de la même entreprise ou organisation. Veuillez nous contacter pour plus de détails. Les frais couvrent l’enseignement du cours et le matériel de présentation en format pdf. Les participants recevront les informations…

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Course – Climate Law for Infrastructure Practitioners

Stay tuned for future course dates! Notifications Would you like to be notified when new course dates are announced? Sign up to the IRP COURSE NOTIFICATION LIST. Course Fee: $625 plus applicable taxes (if pursuing the IRP credential); $475 plus applicable taxes (if for professional development only) It was designed to fulfill one of the knowledge requirements of the Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Credentialling Program, but it can also be taken as a stand-alone course for professional development credits Supported by Natural Resources Canada’s Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) Program. Course Description Climate change is here. It has already had…

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Asset Management and Climate Resiliency

An Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Online Course Stay tuned for new dates! The Asset Management and Climate Resiliency online course was designed to fulfill one of the knowledge requirements of the Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Credentialling Program, but it can also be taken as a stand-alone course for professional development credits *includes a break for the holiday season, please see below for session dates. Course Fee: $625 plus HST (if pursuing the IRP credential ) $475 plus HST (if for professional development only) Fees cover course instruction and presentation materials in pdf format. Participants will be provided access to course…

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Climate Change and Infrastructure Risk – the PIEVC Protocol

An Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Course Stay tuned for new dates! This online course provides participants with information about, and practice with the PIEVC Protocol, a practical tool and process that supports the systematic assessment of the risks of extreme weather and future climate in relation to public infrastructure. Course Fee: $625 plus HST ( for professional development and recognition as meeting IRP credentialling requirement ); $475 plus HST (professional development only) Fees cover online course instruction and presentation materials in pdf format. Participants will be provided access to course materials one week prior to the beginning of the Course. This training is intended for individual instruction, not for groups…

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