The engineering and geoscience professions are regulated under the Professional Governance Act, and it is both a public and government expectation that registered professionals maintain continued competency throughout their career by undertaking continuing education activities that are relevant to their practice. It is the responsibility of Engineers and Geoscientists BC to monitor these activities to ensure that registrants are up to date on the standards of practice for their profession.
The Professional Governance Act requires Engineers and Geoscientists BC to develop and implement a mandatory Continuing Education (CE) Program. Beginning in July 2021, and onwards, registrants should be recording their continuing education activities under the new Continuing Education Program.
For the remainder of 2020, registrants are still directed to follow the voluntary Continuing Professional Development Program.
The Continuing Professional Development Guideline outlines the types of activities and amount of professional development that professional registrants should be undertaking. The guideline is designed to provide flexibility to meet each registrant's unique requirements.
Registrants are asked to declare their compliance with the Continuing Professional Development Guideline by January 31 of each year on either their annual registrant renewal form or on the Professional Development Recording Centre under their account. Those who indicate compliance with the guideline will not be asked to submit detailed records as part of the reporting process; however they are expected to keep supporting documentation on file for audit purposes for a minimum of 4 years after the date the activity occurred.
To comply with the current Guideline, registrants are directed to complete an average of 80 professional development hours per year (240 hours on a 3-year rolling total) in at least three of the six categories below. There are a maximum number of hours that can be claimed in any one category in a calendar year.
Designated structural engineers have different requirements from other professionals and are required to submit yearly reports of continuing professional development and continuing active practice.
Under the current Continuing Professional Development Guideline, engineers-in-training and geoscientists-in-training are not required to track continuing education; however they can track their activities on the Competency Experience Reporting System.
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