Under the Engineers and Geoscientists Act, applicants to APEGBC must prove they are of good character and good repute, both of which are requirements for registered membership or licensure. Good character and good repute are essential in protecting the public interest and the public’s trust in the technical and ethical competence of APEGBC members and licensees.
To support its obligation to review the circumstances of applicants whose character or repute is in question and their suitability for registration or licensure, APEGBC Council has approved a policy and procedure for registration hearings that delegates this responsibility to the Registrar. The policy and procedure guide how the quasi-judicial hearings are conducted to ensure they take place in a consistent and fair manner.
A registration hearing may be convened if issues are raised that involve conduct or circumstances that place an applicant’s character and repute in question. When applying for membership or licence, applicants must answer questions that help APEGBC determine whether they meet the good character and good repute requirement. If an applicant answers in such a way that raises issues about his or her character, the applicant must provide the details to APEGBC. Other information—including comments of referees, decisions related to the applicant by the courts or by other regulatory bodies, the existence of a criminal record, and complaints against the applicant—is taken into account, as applicable.
For information on APEGBC’s good character requirement for admission to membership, visit the Good Character Requirement and Registration Hearings page. You can also contact us at 604.412.4856, toll-free at 1.888.430.8035, ext. 4856, or by email.