Unauthorized Practice & Misuse of Title

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

  • The unauthorized practice of professional engineering or professional geoscience by non-registrants; and
  • The misuse of reserved titles or other names, titles, descriptions or abbreviations that express or imply that the person is a registrant, associated with Engineers and Geoscientists BC, or entitled to practice professional engineering or professional geoscience in British Columbia.

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The Risk of Unauthorized Practice

Public safety and the environment are put at risk when non-registrants provide engineering or geoscience services to the public, because non-registrants:

  • May not be qualified by training or experience to provide engineering or geoscience services in accordance with the appropriate standards in British Columbia;
  • Are not bound by Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Code of Ethics;
  • Are not required to follow the Standards at Bylaw 7.3, which require, among other things, that registrants retain complete project documentation for 10 years and that they follow checking procedures appropriate for the risks associated for each project;
  • Do not have to submit to audits or practice reviews and are not subject to the investigation and discipline process;
  • Are not required to notify their clients in writing of their insurance coverage (as registrants are required to do under Bylaw 7.5); and
  • Are not subject to the mandatory continuing education requirements under Bylaw 7.6.