While the influence of COVID-19 continues to be felt across our businesses and operating environments, at Engineers and Geoscientists BC, our operations and work as a regulator continues. Our office remains temporarily closed; staff continue to work remotely and are available by email. Staff are also monitoring voicemail, but responses may be delayed.
We remain committed to maintaining our operations to meet our core mandate of public protection, and we appreciate your patience. Updated information on our operations is provided at egbc.ca/COVID-19. Here are some important highlights about professional practice and Engineers and Geoscientists BC operations, events, discipline, and registration processes.
Events and Online Learning
All in-person Engineers and Geoscientists BC events and seminars have been cancelled through until the end of June. However, Engineers and Geoscientists BC continues to develop additional webinars, which are attended remotely. Newly developed, free-of-charge webinars include Reinventing Life Balance and Resilience through COVID-19 and Beyond (on June 11) and Adaptive Leadership in the Face of Crisis (on June 17). In addition, registrants can take advantage of dozens of online learning opportunities—including several new online audio offerings—which can be accessed remotely and at any time. For a complete list of webinars and online learning opportunities, visit egbc.ca/events.
Practice Advice and Guidance
Our practice advice web page helps support registrants in understanding their professional obligations, and to address common questions we’re receiving. Topics include:
- engineering and geoscience as essential services;
- health and safety responsibilities for employers and professionals;
- signing, sealing, and submitting documents remotely; and
- conducting field reviews and other professional activities that may not support proper social distancing.
Our investigation, discipline, and Unauthorized Practice and Use of Title processes continue to operate with minimal impact. Complaints are still being received and acted upon; investigation discipline files are progressing using alternative and virtual processes: we recently successfully completed a virtual disciplinary hearing, and expect to conduct additional hearings in this manner.
We are continuing to receive and assess applications, although timelines may be somewhat longer during this period. We have adjusted or delayed some of our documentation requirements. In many cases, interviews can be conducted remotely. And, at this time, applicants can defer their application fee until the end of their application process, or until October 1, 2020, whichever comes first. We are also offering no-fee deferrals and cancellations, or virtual proctoring, for those scheduled to take a Professional Practice Exam. For more information about the current registration process, visit egbc.ca/COVID-19-registration-process.
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