Professional Development Requirements

In Canada, the engineering and geoscience professions enjoy the privilege of self-regulating status. By virtue of professional designation, it is both a public and government expectation that regulated professionals maintain continued competency and that regulatory bodies monitor the professional development activities of their members. Members of Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia are responsible for undertaking professional development that is relevant to their practice.

As indicated in tenet six of the Code of Ethics:

Members and licensees shall keep themselves informed in order to maintain their competence, strive to advance the body of knowledge within which they practice and provide opportunities for the professional development of their associates.

To be in compliance with the association’s guidelines, members are directed to complete an average of 80 professional development hours per year (240 hours on a three-year rolling total). Professional members with practice rights, professional members who are unemployed but intend to practice, life members with practice rights, provisional members, limited licensees, and non-resident licensees, are required to maintain competency under the Code of Ethics.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Continuing Professional Development Guideline

To help inform members on the professional development process, the following video highlights the requirements of the Continuing Professional Development Guideline, provides members with information on the many ways to gain professional development hours, and demonstrates the ease of reporting their hours.

The Continuing Professional Development Guideline outlines the types of activities and amount of professional development that practicing members of the association should be undertaking. The guideline is designed to provide flexibility to meet each member's unique requirements.

The guideline aligns with the requirements of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). Compliance with the guideline is recommended but not mandatory. Nevertheless, members who choose to declare compliance with the guideline are recognized as “Declared Continuing Professional Development Compliant” in the online public member directory. Member declaration of compliance demonstrates that members of Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia maintain a high standard of professional practice and support the association's mandate of protection of public interest.

Members are asked to declare their compliance with the CPD guideline by January 31 of each year on either their annual membership renewal form or on the Manage Professional Development area of the member portal. Members who indicate compliance with the guideline will not be asked to submit detailed records as part of the reporting process. Members are expected to keep supporting documentation on file for audit purposes for a minimum of four years after the date the activity occurred.

To comply with the association’s Continuing Professional Development Guideline, members 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.

Summary of Categories

Category Examples Actual Hours/Items Claimed PD Hours Earned Maximum PD Hours per Year
Professional Practice Active professional practice as engineer or geoscientist 15 hours 1 50
Formal Courses at/from universities, industry, employer, technical societies at least 4 hours in length 1 hour 1 30
Informal Self-directed study, conferences, seminars 1 hour 1 30
Participation Mentor/tutor, service on public bodies, technical committees 1 hour 1 20
Presentations Technical or professional presentations outside your normal job functions 1 hour 1 20
Contributions to Knowledge Development of published codes and standards 1 hour 1 30
  Patents 1 patent 15 no limit
  Publication of papers in a peer-reviewed technical journal 1 paper 15 no limit
  Thesis at Masters or PhD level (successfully defended and approved) 1 thesis 30 no limit
  Publication of a book (professional development hours claimable over 2 years) 1 book 60 no limit
  Publication of articles in non-reviewed journals or internal company report 1 article 10 10
  Reviewing articles for publication 1 hour 1 10
  Editing papers for publication 1 hour 1 no limit

Professional Development Recording Centre

Engineers and Geoscientists BC has developed a voluntary Professional Development Recording Centre that allows members to track their own professional development hours online.

Professional Development Recording Centre

Designated Structural Engineers

Designated Structural Engineers have different requirements from other professionals and are required to submit yearly reports of continuing professional development and continuing active practice.

Learn more about the Designated Structural Engineer CPD Requirements


Under the CPD Guideline, Members-in-Training are not required to track their CPD hours. If you are an engineer-in-training (EIT) or geoscientist-in-training (GIT) who would like to record your work experience, please visit the Competency Experience Reporting System.

Professional Development Contact Information

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 604.430.8035
Toll-free: 1.888.430.8035