The Professional Governance Act will come into force by February 2021, and with the implementation of the new Act, Engineers and Geoscientists BC will receive the legislative authority to regulate engineering and geoscience firms in British Columbia.
Mandatory firm regulation will begin in July 2021.
The regulatory model is based on three pillars: quality management, continuing education, and ethics. Registrant firms will be required to have a representative attend training, and to have documented policies and procedures in place that indicate how they meet the quality management, ethics, and continuing education requirements within 12 months of registering.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC is in the process of developing tools and materials to provide guidance to firms and sole practitioners on the new regulatory requirements. In the coming months, we will begin outreach and engagement efforts with firms and sole practitioners that will be required to register, to promote awareness and provide support for a convenient registration process in 2021.
The regulatory model will include all engineering and geoscience entities in the private and public sector that engage in the practice of professional engineering or professional geoscience.
Sole practitioners will also be required to register as a firm with Engineers and Geoscientists BC.
If the primary business activity of a firm does not require the practice of professional engineering or geoscience, then the firm may not need to be registered with Engineers and Geoscientists BC. There will be an exemption application process for firms that don’t fall within the parameters of the regulatory program.
Entities that engage in the practice of professional engineering or professional geoscience will be required to apply for a permit to practice. Registration for a Permit to Practice will open July 2, 2021, and firms will be required to complete their registration before September 30, 2021.
Firm Requirements by Sector
The timeline and key steps to apply for a Permit to Practice can be found in each firm sector document below:
Please note this is not an exhaustive list of all firms. If you have a question about whether or not you are required to apply for a Permit to Practice, please email us at [email protected]. For more information, visit our Permit to Practice page.
In order to provide engineering and geoscience firms and sole practitioners with advance information on the new requirements before regulation begins, training opportunities will be offered starting in the spring of 2021 and will take place throughout the province.
There will be specific training sessions for sole practitioners as well as for multi-professional firms.
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Have a question about Regulation of Firms? Contact [email protected] or visit our Frequently Asked Questions of the Professional Governance Act.
Since 2015, Engineers and Geoscientists BC has been developing a model for the regulation of firms, led by an Advisory Task Force on Corporate Practice.
Following extensive consultation with registrants and stakeholders, the Task Force developed a regulatory model that will improve regulatory oversight, protect the public interest, and provide opportunities for firms to improve their processes and reduce their risk. This model was approved by Council in June 2019.
The consultation summaries and recommendation reports are available for review below.