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 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 and Climate Resiliency, Climate Law for Infrastructure Practitioners, Climate Science for Engineers, and Climate-Smart Policy and Procurement. Each course is briefly described below.

IRP Courses

 

Climate Change and Infrastructure Risk 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. 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 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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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.

 

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 Practitioners

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.

Upcoming Course Dates

 

Asset Management and Climate Resiliency

Registration Closed - New course starting June 15, 2021

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!

 

Climate Change and Infrastructure Risk Assessment - the PIEVC Protocol

Registration Closed - The course started June 9, 2021 

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.  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 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. 

Course Details

Course – Climate Law for Infrastructure Practitioners

Online course currently in progress The online course, beginning on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, will be delivered twice a week for four (4) consecutive weeks (Tuesday and Thursday, 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm, EDT). 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…

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Asset Management and Climate Resiliency

An Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Course REGISTRATION CLOSED – Course is full! Course starting June 15, 2021 The Asset Management and Climate Resiliency 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 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…

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Climate Change and Infrastructure Risk – the PIEVC Protocol

An Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Course Registration Closed Course Started: Wednesday June 9, 2021 Course Fee: $625 plus HST (pursuing the IRP credential); $475 plus HST (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 Check back for upcoming courses. Supported by Natural Resources Canada’s Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) Program. Course Description This online course provides participants with information about, and practice with the PIEVC Protocol, a…

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