Designated Structural Engineer

Due to COVID-19, note the following:
While exam dates and information is updated periodically on this page, please check IStructE’s website for regular updates.
 
  • Applicants should contact IStructE directly to write the exam. Please email [email protected] and indicate you are writing the exam to meet the requirements of Engineers and Geoscientists BC's Struct.Eng. program.

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.

Three municipalities currently require the services of a Designated Structural Engineer. Further details are available at the following links:
City of Vancouver
City of Burnaby
City of Langley

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.

This experience should:

  • Represent an application of the knowledge of structural engineering that goes beyond standard solutions found in manuals of practice.
  • Be done in an environment where the engineer has worked with at least two materials and has assumed a significant part of the overall structural engineering responsibility for the project.
  • Demonstrate responsibility for structural design of buildings under Part 4 of the British Columbia Building Code or the Vancouver Building Bylaw.
  • Demonstrate experience with the design of buildings in high seismic regions, as “structural engineer of record” on at least three projects.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to Continuing Education (CE).

Have completed one of the following requirements:

How to Apply

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

  1. Apply Online
  2. Resume showing chronological list of employers and positions held
  3. A structural project list specifying project name, date, your position and your responsibilities on each project
  4. Detailed information about three building projects completed in the previous five years located in a seismic region, for which you have acted as the “structural engineer of record” or have had a significant part of the overall structural engineer’s responsibility for the project. Refer to the Seismic Design Guidelines for further details on qualifying projects and the information to be included for each project. (Uploaded as a single PDF via your applicant dashboard as a project sample)
  5. A list describing your recent Continuing Education activities

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 Credentials Advisory Group. This entails submission of all work experience documentation and references.

Examination Schedule

Exam Date Notes
IStructE Examination September 22, 2021
Application Deadline:
August 20, 2021
See IStructE for more information


March 3, 2022
Application Deadline:
January 7, 2022

 
Due to COVID-19, note the following:
Please check IStructE’s website for regular updates.
 
  • Applicants should contact IStructE directly to write the exam. Please email [email protected] and indicate you are writing the exam to meet the requirements of Engineers and Geoscientists BC's Struct.Eng. program.
  • A preparation seminar is normally hosted by SEABC.
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,
apply directly through IStructE

See IStructE fees
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.

For more information, please see the Continuing Education webpage.