Program Overview

The Professional Governance Act requires Engineers and Geoscientists BC to develop and implement a mandatory Continuing Education (CE) Program. The core elements of this program were reviewed and approved by Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Council in November 2019 and May 2020, following consultation with registrants.

Council approved recommendations for the new program from the Continuing Education Advisory Committee. These recommendations were considered in developing the program which will focus on maintaining competency in each registrant's area of practice. All registrants will also be required to complete learning activities around ethics and regulations every year.

All registrants should consult and be familiar with the Guide to the CE Program, accessible below, which describes the program requirements in detail. It also contains an annual compliance checklist, a template for the annual CE Plan, and an exemption request form. A summary of program requirements is also provided below.

For 2021, registrants can apply continuing education activities completed between January 1 and June 30 to the first reporting year of the new program. Registrants will need to keep their own records during this time and insert the activities into the new online reporting system when it becomes available by July 1.

New Program Components

Continuing education requirements will take effect on July 1, 2021. For more information on the Program, visit the following pages:

Application

The CE Program is mandatory and applies to all registrants with practice rights. Registrants with a Non-practising or Retired designation will have to complete minimum requirements to maintain ethical and regulatory competency. Engineers-in-training and geoscientists-in-training are exempt from the program. Registrants can apply for an exemption on a yearly basis for parental, medical, or compassionate care leave, or for other extenuating circumstances.

Quantity of Hours

CE hours will be counted over a 3-year rolling period. In each 3-year period, practising registrants must complete at least 60 CE Hours, or 20 hours a year on average.

In each 3-year period, Designated Structural Engineers (i.e., registrants with the specialty Struct.Eng. designation) must complete an additional 60 CE Hours directly related to their structural engineering area(s) of practice, for a total of 120 CE Hours in every 3-year period.

CE Hours can be obtained through a wide variety of activities; Section 3.2 of the Guide to the CE Program contains multiple examples for each area of learning. Activities do not need to be offered by Engineers and Geoscientists BC to qualify for CE Hours.

Areas of Learning

Areas of learning defined in the new CE Program include technical, ethical, regulatory, and communications and leadership. Practising registrants must complete at least 1 hour of ethical and 1 hour of regulatory learning each year. For the remainder of required CE Hours, it is expected that registrants will choose a mix of activities that fall into the various areas of learning depending on the individual registrant’s area(s) of practice, role, and responsibilities.

CE Plans

Practising registrants must create and maintain a CE Plan on an annual basis that notes the registrant’s area of practice, risks of their practice, learning goals, and activities to help meet those goals. A CE Plan template is provided in Appendix B of the Guide to the CE Program, but registrants can use other templates (e.g., from their employer) provided they contain the same minimum information.

Documentation and Reporting

Registrants must use the online reporting system to keep a record of CE Hours and activities completed. This record and their individual CE Plan must be updated on an annual basis and CE Hours and activities must be reported annually (toward the 3-year rolling period). CE documentation is subject to annual checking and will be evaluated in detail during audits, practice reviews, and investigations to determine compliance.

The online reporting system will be available shortly before the program start date of July 1, 2021. Registrants can continue to use the optional Professional Development Recording Centre to keep track of CE activities that they undertake prior to the new system being available.

Timing

The CE Program will come into effect on July 1, 2021, with the first reporting deadline on June 30, 2022.

The Guide to the CE Program is the main resource to help registrants understand the program requirements. Communication initiatives are also being planned for 2021 to provide more detailed information to registrants ahead of the start of the new program and will include articles, webinars, and FAQs.

More Information

For more information on the Continuing Education Program requirements, visit the following pages:

Have a question about the Continuing Education Program? Contact [email protected].

For questions about the Professional Governance Act please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page about the Act.