Unathorized Practice & Misuse of Title

Engineers and Geoscientists BC has a statutory duty under the Engineers and Geoscientists Act to protect the public interest by taking action to stop:

  • The unauthorized practice of professional engineering or geoscience by non-registrants; and
  • Misuse of words, titles, and designations associated with the engineering and geoscience professions, by non-registrants.

View Unauthorized Practice or Title Notices

The Risk of Unauthorized Practice

Public safety and the environment are at risk when unregulated persons provide engineering or geoscience services to the public, for the following reasons:

  • Unregulated persons may not be qualified by training or experience to provide engineering and geoscience services in accordance with the appropriate standards in British Columbia;
  • Unregulated persons are not bound by the Code of Ethics and the Quality Management Bylaw (Bylaw 14(b)), which requires, among other things, that association members retain complete project documentation for 10 years and that they follow checking procedures appropriate for the risks associated for each project;
  • Unregulated persons do not have to submit to random practice reviews, or the complaint, investigation, and discipline processes provided by the Engineers and Geoscientists Act; and
  • Unregulated persons are not required to notify their clients in writing of their insurance coverage before providing professional engineering or geoscience services, as registrants of the organization are required to do under the Bylaws of the association (Bylaw 17).