COVID-19 has introduced sudden and exceptional changes to our businesses, operating environments, and lives over the past few months. Here are some important highlights about professional practice and Engineers and Geoscientists BC operations, events, discipline, and registration processes.
Practice Advice and Guidance
Our COVID-19 Practice Advice and Guidance webpage 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.
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. In addition, registrants can take advantage of dozens of online learning opportunities, which can be accessed remotely and at any time. For a complete list of webinars and online learning opportunities, visit our Events listing.
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. For more information about the current registration process, visit the Registration Process Changes: COVID-19 webpage.
Our investigation, enforcement, and discipline processes continue to operate with minimal impact. Complaints are still being received and acted upon; investigation, enforcement, and discipline files are progressing using alternative and virtual processes. We recently successfully conducted a virtual disciplinary hearing—an increasingly common alternative among regulators in BC.
While the Engineers and Geoscientists BC office is temporarily closed, our staff are working remotely and are available by email. Staff are 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 on our Response to COVID-19 webpage.
Three Online Sources of Information
We have developed three webpages to help our registrants navigate this unusual situation.
All three webpages will be updated regularly in response to the changing impact of COVID-19.
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