Professional Practice Guidelines

The practices of professional engineering and professional geoscience are both broad and specialized. Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia produces guideline documents on specific professional services or activities where additional guidance is necessary. Each guideline deals with the carrying out of specific activities in a manner such that the association’s members and licensees can meet their professional obligations under the Engineers and Geoscientists Act.

All professional practice guidelines are authored by subject matter experts and reviewed by a variety of stakeholders depending on the nature of the guideline. While a number of guidelines are printed for dissemination, some guidelines, because of their nature and length, are only available digitally. All guidelines are posted below.

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Member Advisories


Civil and Transportation Infrastructure

Natural Resources 

Natural Hazards


Guidelines from Other Groups

Request for Consideration of Other Guidelines

As part of its mandate to protect the public interest by setting and maintaining professional practice standards, Engineers and Geoscientists BC works with experts in their fields to develop professional practice guidelines for its members. The association’s Professional Practice Committee (PPC) reviews all engineering and/or geoscience guidelines for consistency with association Bylaws and issues that affect the practices of engineers and geoscientists in BC. Such guidelines establish, among other things, the minimum scope of services on a project, and define the roles and responsibilities of involved stakeholders.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC occasionally receives requests to develop additional guidelines for specialized engineering or geoscience projects. While the need to establish benchmarks for professional engineering and geoscience excellence is recognized, the development of highly specialized guidelines requires significant resources (including professional expertise, time, and administrative support), and may not be justified if they apply to only a small subset of the association’s members.

Should there be a reasonable demand for a guideline currently not in place in BC but in use in another engineering and/or geoscience jurisdiction in Canada, the PPC will review the guideline to determine its potential suitability for use by BC members.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC recommends the following procedure for requesting specialized engineering or geoscience guidelines:

  • Review the list of guidelines available,
  • If a guideline from outside BC is available, contact Engineers and Geoscientists BC to request a review of the document,
  • If a reasonable demand for a guideline is requested from various members, Engineers and Geoscientists BC will investigate and review the guideline topic to determine its suitability for use by members of the association, and
  • If a guideline is required but does not exist on the list, contact Engineers and Geoscientists BC, describing the need for the guideline. The association will consider whether or not to initiate the development of the guideline.

Further information regarding sourcing specialized engineering and/or geoscience guidelines can be obtained by contacting Lindsay Steele, P.Geo., Associate Director, Professional Practice at 604.639.6056 (toll free at 1.888.430.8035 ext 6056) or by email at [email protected].