Designated Structural Engineer

About this C​ategory

This is a specialist designation (Struct.Eng.) and is granted to P.Eng. registrants of Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia who meet the requirements to create and manage the design of a building's primary structural system.

The seal and signature of a designated structural engineer is typically required on all plans and supporting documentation prepared by or under the direct supervision of that individual, and submitted for a building permit application for a Part 3 Building as defined in the BC Building Code. A list of current Designated Structural Engineers can be found by going to the Registrant Directory and checking off the Designated Structural Engineer (Struct.Eng.) box.

Who Can ​Apply

A candidate for the Struct.Eng. designation must:

  • Be registered as a professional engineer (P.Eng.) in British Columbia.
  • Demonstrate 6 years of structural engineering experience, at least two of which must be in responsible charge of significant engineering work.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to Continuing Education (CE).
  • Have completed one of the following requirements:
  • Successfully complete the BC Codes and Practices Examination, and
  • Pay all associated fees and dues.

How to Apply

Documents Required to Apply for the Str​uct.Eng. Designation.

  1. Apply Online
  2. Resume
  3. A structural project list specifying project name, date, and your position
  4. Detailed information about three projects for which you have acted as the 'structural engineer of record' (see Seismic Design Guidelines). (Uploaded as a single PDF via your applicant dashboard as a project sample)
  5. A list describing your recent Continuing Education activities
  6. For those applying to write the IStructE Examination, please also include a completed Form AM/MRA

You are responsible for sending a Struct.Eng. Reference Form to at least four referees with a copy of your work history documents. Each referee will review your project list and detailed project information, complete the reference form, and return it directly to Engineers and Geoscientists BC.

In order to be eligible to write the BC Codes and Practices Exam your application must undergo an experience review and be approved by the Structural Qualifications Board. This entails submission of all work experience documentation and references.

Examination Schedule

Exam Date Notes
IStructE Examination April 8, 2021
Application Deadline: March 11, 2021
See IStructE for more information

September 22, 2021
Application Deadline:
August 20, 2021
Due to COVID-19, note the following:
The January 7, 2021 has been postponed to April 8, 2021. 
BC Codes and Practices Examination November 22, 2021
Application deadline: October 8, 2021
(Deadline is firm for applicants needing to rewrite all or part of the exam)
Application form for the BC Codes and Practices Examination. Payment must be made via cheque or contacting the billing department via telephone. For security reasons payment can not be made via email.

The BC Codes and Practices Examination is now a computer-based examination conducted through virtual proctoring. Upon applying, more information will be provided. 
NCEES SE Structural Examination Held annually in April and October of each year The closest examination centres to British Columbia are in Alberta and Washington State. Please see the websites of APEGA or the Washington State Board for specific dates.

How Much Does it Cost?

What When Amount
IStructE Examination, written in BC With exam application $1,050.00
Designation Assignment Fee (includes Stamp and Certificate) After designation granted $210.00
BC Codes and Practices Examination With exam application $525.00
Application Fee With application $525.00
Annual Fee – in addition to Professional Engineer Annual Fee After designation granted $300.00

After Applying

All Designated Structural Engineers are required to submit annual reports of Continuing Education and Continuing Active Practice. Please see the Struct.Eng Application Guide for more information.