The agencies that regulate the use of natural resources (NRS agencies) in British Columbia are looking at opportunities to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of natural resource administration. The use of qualified persons is one approach to achieving this objective.
A wide variety of qualified persons work in the natural resource sector providing knowledge and expertise to support decision-making and operational activities. A Qualified Persons Cross-Ministry Working Group (QP working group) was formed in late 2011 to look at how qualified persons working for resource users can be better utilized, and to develop a common framework and tools for examining and supporting the use of qualified persons.
This work has started to build a common lens and language for talking about the use of qualified persons across the sector. It is hoped that a broader understanding of the ways in which qualified persons are used will enable both clients and staff to identify new possibilities for better use of QPs - whether it is through bringing in new expertise or relying more on qualified persons that are already engaged in the resource activity. The framework is a guide to ensure that a particular use of qualified persons is effective and adds value to the authorization administration process for resource users and government, and to the responsible management of public natural resources.
A qualified person is one who possesses the specified knowledge, skills, training, experience and other requirements to perform a specified type of work as:
The requirements include holding an accreditation bestowed by:
Attainment of the requirements is either
The qualifications required to perform a certain type of work may include registration with a professional association and it is likely that most of the qualified persons working in the natural resource are registered professionals. Professional reliance is a particular approach where the qualified person involved belongs to a self-regulating professional association and takes on a greater measure of accountability for their work.