Updated Designations for Engineering and Geoscience Licensees

Posted on February 1, 2021

Along with the introduction of the Professional Governance Act (PGA) and updated Bylaws in February 2021, Engineers and Geoscientists BC has confirmed a change to the title of limited licensees (Eng.L., Geo.L.).

The designation of Engineering Licensee (Eng.L.) will become Professional Licensee Engineering (P.L.Eng.), and Geoscience Licensee (Geo.L.) will become Professional Licensee Geoscience (P.L.Geo.). The changes will take effect when the PGA and Bylaws come into force.

Limited Licensee designations (Eng.L., Geo.L.) were introduced in the mid-1990s to provide an alternative pathway to professional licensure for those with significant work experience, but without the requisite 4-year bachelor’s degree in applied science, engineering, or geoscience. An individual who holds a limited licence can engage in the practice of professional engineering or professional geoscience within a clearly defined scope that reflects their area of expertise.

While the program has been successful in licensing many individuals, Engineers and Geoscientists BC received feedback that the registrant category “limited licensee" does not accurately reflect the experience, professionalism, and competency of licensees. Over the last several years, there were opportunities to study and address this feedback. Following stakeholder consultation, it was recommended the designation be updated.

The designations of current engineering licensees and geoscience licensees will change in early 2021, with the introduction of the PGA and updated Bylaws. Licensees will be issued a new certificate of registration, a new licence that states their Authorized Area of Reserved Practice (formerly their limited scope of practice), along with an explanatory letter which may be provided to employers, clients, and Authorities Having Jurisdiction, that sets out their new designation and explains the change. Licensees may continue to use their stamps with the former designation or order a new stamp that reflects their professional licensee designation.

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