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COVID -19 IIABC Courses and Exams Postponed

CTV News COVID-19 Advisory- updated May 14, 2020

Countries around the world, including Canada, are working to contain the current outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Within British Columbia, Provincial Medical Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, the BC Center for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Vancouver Coastal Health are leading the coordinated response to COVID-19.

Suggested Social Distancing

"It's about being very careful with how you interact with others," said Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial public health officer. "The big thing is to limit your interactions with others to limit that risk." 

To stop the spread of germs, the BC Centre for Disease Control suggests staying 2 meters apart when near others, wearing a face mask when around others, covering coughs and sneezes with arm and washing hands frequently.

The IIABC urges everyone to comply to BC Provincial Health advisories to stay healthy! 
Currently, there is no health advisory to support the IIABC in offering any classroom courses.  We do not have online courses available as an alternative.  So there will not be courses this spring or summer months.


We will stay in touch and notify all our members if and when we can begin to offer courses again in the fall.  Sorry we will not be taking names on a wait list.  Those who have already paid for a CIT-2 course that were cancelled in March will be automatically still registered for the next course when it can be held.

In the meantime may you and your families stay healthy.

IIABC Admin

COVID-19 Information

Dear IIABC Members

 

The following Links can help you begin the process of navigating the new realities of operating your

business during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The most important thing we all can do is follow all

recommendations and orders by the Provincial Health Authority, Provincial Government of B.C. and

the Federal Government of Canada.  These orders must be adhered to even for those business still operating.

The links below are merely a way to guide you to the main information regarding this ever-changing situation. The IIABC office, however, can not help develop or guide you through any development of workplace operations in the face of COVID-19.

 The IIABC would like to give a huge shout out to all those first line of defence workers who are battling this virus on the front lines. We THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for the dedication to the health and safety of our province despite the added risk and stress.

 To all our Members we wish you, your employees and families good health and we know that together B.C. and our industry will make it through these difficult times. Wash your hands, practice social distancing and as much as you can adjust your schedule to work from home! Help a Neighbour, stay connected and Stay Safe!

 

  1. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support
  2. https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/about-us/guides/preventing-exposure-to-covid-19-in-the-workplace?lang=en
  3. https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/coronavirus-disease-covid-19
  4. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/preventing-covid-19-workplace-employers-employees-essential-service-workers.html#_For_all_employees

 

The IIABC Turned 40 Last Year!!

The IIABC Turned 40 Last year!!! 

                                                 

Individual Certification Fee Reminder

A common misconception is that your membership dues include your individual certification fee. This is not so....

BOTH, membership dues AND your individual certification fee must be paid for your certifications to remain active.

As of January 31, 2020 all certifications that have outstanding fees have been downgraded to INACTIVE and are now not searchable on our website.  Note your membership fee must have been paid for also as you need both dues & fee paid to validate a certification credential.

For those that hold only technician certifications, your certification fee is $25 (plus gst).

For those that hold designer certifications, your certification fee is $50 (plus gst). 

*Only 1 fee per person for the highest certification held*

You must log in to: www.irrigationbc.com to pay your certification fee. Your username will be the email address you provided to us. You may hit “forgot login” on the home page to reset your password if you have forgotten it.

For further printable instructions on how to pay your certification fee Click Here

 

  

Important Certification Program Changes - Continuing Education Units and Certification Fees Are Here

The IIABC certification program has been operating since 1986, that is 30 years.  The program started with a handful of members obtaining their agriculture irrigation certification, mainly to assist in getting plans approved through a government loan program.  It was easy to track and did not take much time for the IIABC to manage.  However times change and the IIABC Certification Program now encompasses many types of design certifications (CID) as well as technician certification (CIT).  We are now approaching 1000 certified individuals.  How we managed the Certification Program in the past does not work well moving forward.

Many local governments, landscape architects and other clients now put the IIABC standards into their specifications. The HEIS system is another tool that is starting to be used. (See related article in this newsletter). The Certification Board is concerned that while we have many individuals seeking certification, many are not doing much to maintain their credentials once certification has been achieved.   This is not sustainable and does not foster credibility when the program is looked at from outsiders.  Every other certifying organization has implemented Continuing Education Units (CEU’s). It is the only way to verify that certified individuals make an attempt to keep up with changes in their industry.

Currently a paper file is kept for all members that are certified by the IIABC. These files are important and they provide the current status and history of the individual’s exams and certifications. To make this system more manageable, all of these files have now been scanned and converted into an electronic version as well. This has been done mainly for security reasons as should the files be damaged or lost there is no backup. It has taken quite an effort to scan the existing files. Moving forward it will also take more effort to scan all new certifications. However, an electronic system is the right way to go.  

Tracking certifications has become cumbersome, mainly because we put the onus on the company to provide us with the names of their employees that are certified. Quite often an employee will have left and moved to another company, or leave the industry entirely and the office will not have been able to update the files. The Certification Board would like to put the onus on the individual to maintain their certification status. This will require every certified individual to have an email registered with the IIABC. They will then be able to log into their own account, enter their CEU’s and conduct any other business as required.  Further information will be provided in future newsletters on how CEU’s can be earned. There will also be opportunity to discuss the direction and process at the AGM this fall.

Taking on these new initiatives is not possible in the long term with the current funding obtained from membership dues, course and certification application fees. The Certification Board has therefore asked the Board of Directors to implement an annual certification fee. The Board of Directors has accepted this request and the new fee will be implemented for 2018. The certification fee invoice will be sent to each certified individual be email. Only one fee will need to be paid.  For a certified technician it will be $25.00 annually. For a Certified designer it will be $50.00 annually.  A person holding more than one certification will only pay one fee, for example if a person holds a CIT and a CID the fee would be $50.00.  A company may wish to pay the certification fee for their employees but it will be the employee’s responsibility to make sure that the IIABC office has received the payment.

The Certification Fee will help to offset the following costs being absorbed by the IIABC.

  • Scanning all certification files
  • Developing and maintaining an online CEU system
  • Hiring a temporary staff person to ensure CEU’s have been entered and the Certification Fee has been paid.

The Certification Board hopes that the membership will understand the need to move the program forward and take these steps to ensure the integrity, compliance and professionalism of our program.

Members can certainly contact members of the Certification Board or the Board of Directors on the direction being taken.  

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