CertificationThe Professional Standards Board for the Planning Profession in Canada (PSB) is in the planning stages of a digitization project for the certification process. This upgrade will include creating an online database where applicants can submit their applications and supporting documents online, and candidates can submit their logs and complete other steps of the certification process electronically. A digitized database will help candidates keep track of their progress, provide clarity on the application process and seamlessly link the certification process to membership with the PTIAs.
The digitization project will also include an update of the PSB website. Over the past few months, the certification team has been tracking frequent inquiries received by staff regarding the application and certification processes, including questions about the materials listed on the website. These inquiries will help guide the development of a new website that will support planners completing the certification process by providing information in a more clear, user-friendly and accessible way.
Professional Education and ExaminationThe March Sitting of the Professional Examination was held in March 2017 with a total of 119 Candidates. This was the second sitting of the new three-hour multiple choice format. Details for the September sitting will be provided in the coming months.
Accreditation PlanningWe are pleased to announce that in Winter 2017, the PSB Board of Directors approved the accreditation and re-accreditation of the following programs:
- University of Alberta’s Bachelor of Arts Major in Planning and Bachelor of Science with Specialization in Planning programs accredited unconditionally, for the maximum of five years (until the end of academic 2020-2021). Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved - Harry Harker, Randy Lambright and Ryan Walker (the Site Visit Team), Dr. Sandeep Agrawal and the faculty at the University of Alberta.
- Vancouver Island University’s Master of Community Planning program accredited unconditionally, for the maximum of five years (until the end of academic 2020-2021). Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved – Kari Huhtala, Dana Anderson, and Dr. Laura Taylor (the Site Visit Team), Dr. Pamela Shaw and the faculty at Vancouver Island University.
- Dalhousie University’s Bachelor of Community Design, Honours and Master of Planning programs, re-accredited unconditionally for the maximum of five years (until the end of academic 2021-2022). Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved - Bruce Curtis, Douglas Foster, and Dr. Lisa Borstein (the Site Visit Team), Dr. Patricia Manuel and the faculty at Dalhousie University.
The Accreditation Program Committee (APC) welcomed three new members – Doug Daniels (SPPI Representative), Quincy Brown (APPI Representative), and Virginia Maclaren (ACUPP Representative). Thanks to Dana Kripki, Jolie Whetzel, and Pamela Robinson who recently finished their terms on APC.
Board of Directors
The Board is preparing for the PSB Annual General Meeting (AGM) taking place on June 17, 2017, 2:00-4:00pm in Calgary, Alberta at the CIP Conference. The AGM is an opportunity for the PSB Board to provide high level reports to its members, the Provincial and Territorial Planning Institutes (PTIAs) and the Canadian Institute of Planning, on the operational, on the PSB’s strategic and financial activities over the past year. We look forward to meeting with the PTIAs and CIP!
FinancialsAt the strategy session, the Board mapped out priorities for the next year. The priorities with the largest financial impact include the new digitized database and expanding our bilingual services. These priorities will help create additional value for candidates across Canada.
The 2016 financial statements are currently being reviewed by an external auditor and will be presented at the AGM this June.