Resuming Practice Rights

About this Category

This category is for professional engineers and professional geoscientists with non-practising status, or former members and licensees, who wish to reinstate their membership or licence with practice rights.

Who Can Apply

  • Members or limited licensees with non-practising status.
  • Former members (P.Eng. or P.Geo.) who wish to reinstate their membership with practice rights.
  • Former Non-Resident Licensees (P.Eng. or P.Geo.) who wish to reactivate a lapsed licence.
  • Former limited licensees (Eng.L. or Geo.L.) who wish to reactive a lapsed licence.

How to Apply

All non-practising members and former members or limited licensees who do not currently have practice rights with a Canadian jurisdiction are subject to the same proof of competency and return to practice requirements.

Documents Required

Category 1

Professional engineers, professional geoscientists, or licensees whose membership or licence has been cancelled or have been on non-practising status for 6 months or less and who are seeking reinstatement of their practice rights:

  • An application for resumption of practice rights.
  • Resumption of practice application fee.
  • Optional letter of appeal to the Registrar explaining why the cancellation of your membership should be reconsidered.

Category 2

Professional engineers, professional geoscientists, or licensees whose practice rights have lapsed in British Columbia but who have been maintaining full practising membership or licence with another Canadian provincial or territorial association/ordre or a US State Board of Professional Engineer or Geoscientist Registration or Licensure.

A. Former members in Category 2 whose practice rights have lapsed from 6–18 months:

  • An application for resumption of practice rights.
  • Resumption of Practice Fee
  • Certified* copy of Canadian Citizenship if not previously submitted

B. Former members in Category 2 whose practice rights have lapsed for more than 18 months:

  • An application for resumption of practice rights.
  • Resumption of Practice Fee.
  • Certified* copy of Canadian Citizenship if not previously submitted.
  • Confirmation of Membership (Engineers and Geoscientists BC will contact your indicated provincial/territorial association(s)/ordre. During the application process, you will be required to disclose your membership details for each of the Canadian associations/Ordres you are a member with).
  • If you are a member with a US State Board and are not subscribed to the NCEES service, you will need to send a Confirmation Request Form to the state board for them to fill out and send directly back to Engineers and Geoscientists BC.

Category 3

Non-practising professional engineers, professional geoscientists, or licensees whose practice rights have lapsed from 6–18 months who are not covered by Category 2:

  • An application for resumption of practice rights.
  • Resumption of Practice Fee.
  • Certified* copy of Canadian Citizenship if not previously submitted.

Category 4

Practising professional engineers, professional geoscientists, or licensees whose practice rights have lapsed more than 18 months but less than three years who are not covered by Category 2:

Category 5

Professional engineers, professional geoscientists, or licensees whose practice rights have lapsed for 3 years or more and who are not covered by Category 2:

  • An application for resumption of practice rights.
  • Resumption of Practice Fee.
  • Certified* copy of Canadian Citizenship if not previously submitted.
  • Two references** that cover the total number of years since membership lapsed and can attest to your good character and good repute and practice competency.
  • Professional record of your work experience.
  • Completion of the Professional Engineering and Geoscience Practice in BC Online Seminar regardless of whether it or the Law and Ethics seminar was completed previously.
  • Write and receive a passing mark on the Professional Practice Examination if not written and passed previously.
  • Applicants in Category 5 may be required to work under professional supervision for a period of time and on such terms as set by the Council and provide references from the professional supervisor.

* To have a copy certified, make a photocopy of your document (citizenship card, birth certificate or current passport) and ask a P.Eng., P.Geo., P.E., or Notary Public to sign and stamp it as a "true copy of the original". Alternatively, you may bring your original document as well as a photocopy of it to our office to have it certified. If you cannot come in person, you can send a third party to bring in your original document and the photocopy to be certified as long as a signed letter is provided authorizing the individual to provide the documentation on your behalf. Please do not mail your original citizenship card, birth certificate, or current passport to Engineers and Geoscientists BC.

How Much Does it Cost?

What When Amount
Application Fee – Resumption of Practice (within 6 months of resignation, removal or conversion to non-practising) With application $52.20
Application Fee - Resumption of Practice (over 6 months and up to 18 months since resignation, removal or conversion to non-practising) With application $105.00
Application Fee – Resumption of Practice (over 18 months since resignation, removal or conversion to non-practising) With application $315.00

After Applying

Once your documentation and examination/seminar requirements are complete, the length of time to reinstate your practice rights is estimated to be:

Category Estimated Reinstatement
Category 1 1–3 business days
Category 2 1–3 business days
Category 3 5 business days
Category 4 2–6 weeks, depending on your currency of practice
Category 5  2–6 weeks or to completion of supervised practice, depending on your currency of practice

When your practice rights resume you will be sent confirmation and information on your licence and membership ID.

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