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
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 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, Engineering Risk Management, Asset Management, Climate Law, Climate Science for Engineers, and Climate Smart Policy and Procurement. Each course is briefly described below.
Climate Change Risk and Vulnerability Assessment - the PIEVC Protocol
This 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. The next course will be offered in January 2021! Visit the course page for more information or here to register!
This course addresses asset management systems such as inventory, diagnostic and condition assessment, performance and prediction, valuation, planning and life-cycle analysis, risk assessment and management, and the prioritization of interventions.
Engineering Risk Management
This 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 then 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. It concludes with a full module on risk communication principles and practice.
This course provides an overview of legal frameworks of particular consequence for infrastructure resiliency and climate change and addresses existing and emerging legal obligations relevant to infrastructure practitioners at the provincial, federal and international levels. It focuses in particular on the roles and responsibilities of professional engineers and how engineers can adapt their practices to incorporate climate change and reduce exposure to potential negligence lawsuits. It also explores corporate issues relating to climate change, including risk disclosure requirements, asset management and director and officer obligations, as infrastructure professionals have roles to play in managing these risks and assisting clients to improve climate risk disclosure.
Climate Science for Engineers
This course is under development.
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, Erik Sparling.
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 have led or played a substantive role, as a P.Eng, in at least two infrastructure and climate change risk assessment 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.
NEW course starting January 20, 2021! The PIEVC Protocol Course will next be offered online, beginning on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, for two (2) hours and run for five (5) consecutive Wednesdays. 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 prior to the beginning of the Course. This training is intended for individual instruction, not for groups under a single registration. Click here to register. Click here for the…Read More