Professional Licensee

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 area of reserved of engineering or geoscience practice and wish to take professional responsibility for that work. The Professional Licensee designation is designed for those who are qualified to practise in a limited authorized area of engineering or geoscience at a professional level.

Application Requirements

Academic and Experience Requirements

Applicants for Professional Licensee registration 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 (or demonstration of Canadian Environment Competencies for engineering applicants only)
    • At least the most recent 2 years under the supervision of a professional engineer or professional geoscientist registrant within the area of reserved practice to which the professional licensee is applying.
  • Applicants may apply up to 4 years of the required post-secondary training towards the 8-year experience requirement.

Applicants for the Professional Licensee Engineering (P.L.Eng.) designation will have their experience evaluated via a competency-based assessment and should refer to the indicators for Engineering Licensees for guidance on providing competency examples within their proposed area of reserved engineering practice.

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

Standard Authorized Areas of Reserved Practice

The following standardized authorized area of reserved practice for professional licensee applicants 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

Professional Licensee Engineering (P.L.Eng.) applicants are required to use the Competency Assessment 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 Professional Licensee Engineering (P.L.Eng.) designation require the following:

  • A completed online application for Professional Licensee Engineering (P.L.Eng.).
  • *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 area of reserved practice. Please refer to the Guide to Developing an Area of Reserved Practice (pg.9).
  • A list of projects related to your proposed area of reserved practice (This is not required for those who are applying for a standard authorized area of reserved practice approved for University Faculty).
  • Experience must be reported using the Competency Assessment System. Please review the Technical Competency Indicators for Professional Licensee Engineering (P.L.Eng.). 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 area of reserved engineering practice.

Applicants for the geoscience licensee designation require the following:

  • A completed online application for Professional Licensee Geoscience (P.L.Geo.).
  • *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 area of reserved practice. Please refer to the Guide to Developing an Area of Reserved Practice (pg.9).
  • A list of projects related to your proposed area of reserved practice.
  • One copy of a project report you wrote that demonstrates your proposed area of reserved of practice.
  • Completed Geoscience Experience Report.
  • Short essay (about 500 words) discussing your understanding of the role of a professional licensee in geoscience It is recommended to include your understanding of the significant repercussions of independently practising in an authorized area of reserved practice of professional geoscience. Consider what it means to protect the public interest, what additional liability comes with the full responsibility of being a professional licensee, the consequences of breaching the Code of Ethics to yourself and the profession, the implications of practicing outside your authorized area of reserved practice as well as the care and judgment that you must take to work only within your authorized area of reserved practice, 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
Registration/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 professional licensee designation. If you do not meet the minimum academic requirements for your proposed area of reserved 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 area of reserved practice. The purpose of the interview is to review whether you have gained satisfactory experience to obtain a Professional Licensee designation in your proposed area of reserved practice. Additional experience or competencies may also be assigned.

All applicants for professional licensee designations 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.

Upon registration with Engineers and Geoscientists BC, you will be sent a notification email, a seal, a certificate detailing your authorized area of reserved practice and your certificate of registration. You will be eligible to use the title of Professional Licensee Engineering (P.L.Eng.) or Professional Licensee Geoscience (P.L.Geo.).

Supporting Information

Officia​l Mark​s

Engineers and Geoscientists BC has adopted and uses Professional Licensee Engineering (P.L.Eng.) and Professional Licensee Geoscience (P.L.Geo.) 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.