Limited Licence

About this Category

This category of registration is for individuals who have academic qualifications other than a university engineering or geoscience degree, have gained several years of experience in a defined scope of engineering or geoscience practice and wish to take professional responsibility for that work. The Limited Licence is designed for those who are qualified to practise a limited scope of engineering or geoscience at a professional level.

Application Requirements

Academic and Experience Requirements

Applicants for a Limited Licence must demonstrate the following academic and experience requirements:

  • A science degree or a diploma in engineering or geoscience technology (or equivalent academic background that may include the completion of assigned examinations).
  • At least eight years of engineering or geoscience work experience, which must include:
    • A minimum of one year in a Canadian Environment.
    • At least the most recent 2 years under the supervision of a licensed professional engineer or professional geoscientist and within the practice of professional engineering or professional geoscience to which the limited licence is to apply.
  • Applicants may apply up to 4 years of the required post-secondary training towards the 8-year experience requirement.

Applicants for the engineering licensee (Eng.L.) designation will have their experience evaluated via competency-based assessment and should refer to the indicators for Engineering Licensees and provide competency examples within their proposed scope of engineering practice.

Applicants for the geoscience licensee (Geo.L.) designation will have their experience evaluated via the traditional format (see below) and should refer to the Satisfactory Geoscience Experience Guidelines.

Standard Sco​pe Limited Licence​

The following standard scope Limited Licence has been approved by Engineers and Geoscientists BC's Council:

Law and Ethics Requirement

All applicants must successfully complete the following:

English Language Competence

English Language Competence for Practice is evaluated through:

  • An essay written as part of the Professional Practice Examination.
  • Comments from referees.
  • Comments from an interview panel (if an interview is required).

Good Character Requirement

All applicants must prove that they are of good character and good repute. We will review the information provided in your application to ensure that you meet these standards. To learn more about these requirements, see the page for Good Character Requirement and Registration Hearings.

How to Apply

Documents R​equired

Engineering licensee applicants are required to use the Competency Experience Reporting System to present their experience and competency examples. All applicants should view the webinar titled The Competency System for Engineering Licensees which is available for viewing at no charge in the Online Store.

Applicants for the engineering licensee designation require the following:

  • A completed online application for engineering licensee (Eng.L.).
  • *A certified proof of legal name and date of birth (Birth Certificate, Citizenship Card, Photo Page of current Passport, or Permanent Resident Card).
  • Official transcripts sent directly to Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia from your educational institutions.
  • A description of your proposed scope of practice. Please refer to the Guide to Developing a Scope of Practice (pg.9).
  • A list of projects related to your proposed scope (This is not required for those who are applying for a standard scope Eng.L. for University Faculty).
  • Experience must be reported using the Competency Experience Reporting System. Please review the Technical Competency Indicators for engineering licensees. When using the system, you will need to complete the Employment History section and should include detailed project descriptions in the field for "Major Responsibility and Projects" plus competency examples within your proposed scope of engineering practice.

Applicants for the geoscience licensee designation require the following:

  • A completed online application for geoscience licensee (Geo.L.).
  • *A certified proof of legal name and date of birth (Birth Certificate, Citizenship Card, Photo Page of current Passport, or Permanent Resident Card).
  • Official transcripts sent directly to Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia from your educational institutions.
  • A description of your proposed scope of practice. Please refer to the Guide to Developing a Scope of Practice (pg.9).
  • A list of projects related to your proposed scope.
  • One copy of a project report you wrote that demonstrates your proposed scope of practice.
  • Completed Geoscience Experience Report.
  • Short essay (about 500 words) discussing your understanding of the role of a geoscience licensee. It is recommended to include your understanding of the significant repercussions of independently practising a scope of professional geoscience. Consider what it means to protect the public interest, what additional liability comes with full responsibility incurs, the consequences of breaching the Code of Ethics to yourself and the profession, the implications of practicing outside your defined scope as well as the care and judgment that you must take to work only within your scope, and any other topic(s) that you consider to be pertinent to the discussion.
  • Reference Forms sent directly to Engineers and Geoscientists BC by P.Eng./P.Geo. supervisors/colleagues. (Minimum of four required).

* To have a certified copy, make a photocopy of your document (citizenship card, permanent resident card, birth certificate, or current passport) and ask a P.Eng., P.Geo., Eng.L., Geo.L., P.E., or Notary Public to sign and stamp it as a "true copy of the original".

How Much Does it Cost?

What When Amount
Application Fee – First Time Applicant With application $498.75
Professional Practice Examination With examination application $325.50
Professional Engineering and Geoscience Practice in BC Online Seminar Upon order $288.75
Licensing Fee After registration $283.50
Annual Fee Pro-rated, paid after registration $439.55
 

After Applying

Once all of your documents have been received, we will conduct an academic and experience review to determine whether you qualify for a Limited Licence. If you do not meet the minimum academic requirements for your proposed scope of practice, your application will be declined and your application fee will be refunded.

If you meet the minimum requirements, you will be invited to a panel interview. This may be invited to a one hour interview with two professional engineers or professional geoscientists who specialize in your proposed scope of practice. The purpose of the interview is to review whether you have gained satisfactory experience to obtain a Limited Licence in your proposed scope of practice. Additional experience or competencies may also be assigned.

All applicants for Limited Licence are required to pass a Professional Practice Examination, complete the Professional Engineering and Geoscience Practice in BC Online Seminar, fulfill the English Language Competency for Practice and Good Character Requirements, and sign an Undertaking that we will send to you.

Once licensed, you will be sent a notification email, a stamp, a license certificate detailing your approved scope of practice and your certificate of licensure. You will be eligible to use the title of Engineering Licensee (Eng.L.) or Geoscience Licensee (Geo.L.).

Supporting Information

Officia​l Mark​s

Engineers and Geoscientists BC has adopted and uses Engineering Licensee, Eng.L., Geoscience Licensee, Geo.L. as official marks in conjunction with governing the practice of engineering and geoscience in British Columbia in accordance with its mandate to protect public health, safety, and welfare.