Firm Regulation

Overview

The Professional Governance Act requires Engineers and Geoscientists BC to regulate firms that engage in the practice of professional engineering or geoscience. Firms will be required to register for a Permit to Practice with Engineers and Geoscientists BC beginning 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.

Regulatory Coverage

The regulatory model will include all firms in the private and public sector that engage in the practice of professional engineering or geoscience as part of their operations (including firms that only provide these services internally). Sole practitioners will also be required to register as a firm with Engineers and Geoscientists BC.

If the 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 a Permit to Practice Assessment Tool and a Permit to Practice Applicability Review process for firms to determine if they require a Permit to Practice.

Permit to Practice

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. For more information, visit our Permit to Practice page.

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].

Training Opportunities

The Regulation of Firms Permit to Practice training is now available for registration through our Online Store. The training provides guidance to Responsible Registrants and other individuals employed by or under contract with a registrant firm of Engineers and Geoscientists BC on the requirements for applying for and maintaining their firm’s Permit to Practice. All individuals acting as Responsible Registrants for a registered firm are required to complete this training. This course is also available to any individual desiring a better understanding of the ethics, quality management, and continuing education requirements for firm regulation.

Initially, the training is being offered through an online Learning Management System that consists of 6 courses with a total of 15 self-paced modules. The modules review the ethics, quality management, and continuing education requirements for firms, legal requirements under the Professional Governance Act and the Bylaws of Engineers and Geoscientists BC, and provide guidance to firms in developing or updating their Professional Practice Management Plan. The estimated time to complete the training is 8 hours. The cost of the online training is $100 per attendee, however firms will be credited one free spot when they pay their Permit to Practice Registration fee.

In-person training will be made available once pandemic restrictions are lifted, and it is determined to be safe to conduct such events. In-person training will have specific training sessions for sole practitioners and for multi-professional firms.

Regulation of Firms Webinar

Additional Information

Have a question about Regulation of Firms? Contact [email protected].

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.

Phase 1:

Consultation Summary Report
Recommendations Report

Phase 2:

Recommendations Report
 

Phase 3:

Consultation Summary Report
Recommendations Report