Guidelines & Advisories

The Professional Governance Act (PGA) came into force on February 5, 2021 in British Columbia, replacing the Engineers and Geoscientists Act. Although the legislation under which Engineers and Geoscientists BC operates has changed, it remains a requirement that registrants stay informed of, be knowledgeable about, and meet the intent of all professional practice guidelines that are relevant to the registrant’s practice. This requirement is now considered a standard of competence that must be met as per the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Bylaws under the PGA.

When professional practice guidelines are revised they will be updated to reference the PGA, however existing references to the Engineers and Geoscientists Act remain valid and binding.

The practices of professional engineering and professional geoscience are both broad and specialized. Engineers and Geoscientists BC produces guideline and advisory documents on specific professional services or activities where additional guidance is necessary. Each guideline deals with the carrying out of specific activities in a manner such that the organization’s registrants can meet their professional obligations under the Professional Governance Act and Engineers and Geoscientists BC Bylaws.

All professional practice guidelines are authored by subject matter experts and reviewed by a variety of stakeholders depending on the nature of the guideline.

A practice advisory is a communications tool that is used to create awareness of current and emerging professional practice issues and allows the organization to define or clarify associated standards of professional practice in a timely manner, with the overall goal of public protection and environmental stewardship.

All guidelines and advisories are available digitally and are posted below.

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Practice Advisory Video Current Version Published Date
Structural Assessments of Exterior Means of Egress 1.1 2021-03-04
Electrical Engineering Considerations in Flood-Resilient Design of Buildings 1.0 2020-12-18
Issued for Building Permit Documents 1.0 2020-10-29
Flowing Artesian Wells and Excavations 1.0 2020-06-22
Engineering Modifications to Fire-Tested and Listed Assemblies 1.0 2020-04-06
Updated Standard - IEEE 1584 - IEEE Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations 1.0 2019-11-04
New Regulations for Steel Storage Racks 3.0 2019-07-10
Considerations for the Professional of Record in Contractual Disputes 1.0 2019-02-15
Sealing Insurance Declarations 1.0 2018-11-27
Field Reviews, Construction Deficiencies, and Safety 1.0 2018-08-30
Changes to the Electrical Field Safety Representative Program 1.0 2018-03-16
New BC Building Code 2012 Letters of Assurance, Schedules B and C-A 1.0 2018-01-31
Professional Practice Guideline Video Current Version Published Date
Mechanical Engineering Services for Building Projects 2.0 2021-05-21
Joint Professional Practice Guidelines – British Columbia Building Code Letters of Assurance Requirements for Part 9 Buildings [Prepared jointly by Engineers and Geoscientists BC and the AIBC] 1.1 2021-05-13
Joint Professional Practice Guidelines - Encapsulated Mass Timber Construction up to 12 Storeys [Prepared jointly by Engineers and Geoscientists BC and the AIBC] 1.0 2021-03-30
Structural Condition Assessment of Existing Buildings 1.0 2020-12-03
Geotechnical Engineering Services for Building Projects 2.0 2020-11-19
Electrical Engineering Services for Building Projects 2.0 2020-09-19
Professional Responsibilities for the Design and Installation of Elevating Devices in New Buildings 2.0 2020-09-03
Joint Professional Practice Guidelines – Professional Design and Field Review By Supporting Registered Professionals (including Model Schedules S-B and S-C) [Prepared jointly by Engineers and Geoscientists BC and the AIBC] 1.0 2020-04-27
Building Enclosure Engineering Services 2.0 2020-02-04
Structural Engineering Services for Part 3 Building Projects 4.0 2019-01-29
Designing Guards for Building Projects 2.0 2018-12-11
Whole Building Energy Modelling Services 1.0 2018-08-15
Statement of Compliance under Pool Regulation 1.0 2016-04-01
Housing Foundations and Geotechnical Challenges Guide 1.0 2015-08-01
Structural, Fire Protection and Building Envelope Professional Engineering Services for 5 and 6 Storey Wood Frame Residential Building Projects 2.0 2015-04-08
Structural Design Issues for Housing and Small Buildings in BC - Information for Local Authorities, Homeowners and Developers 2.1 2014-07-01
Professional Structural Engineering Services for Part 9 Buildings 3.0 2014-06-01
Fire Protection Engineering Services for Building Projects 1.0 2013-09-01
Bulletin 34: Building Envelope Services – Appropriate Professional Practice and Model Schedules C and C-D 3.0 2011-08-01
Guide to the Letters of Assurance 5a 2010-12-01
Bulletin: K: Letters of Assurance in the BC Building Code and Due Diligence 1.0 2010-09-01
ACEC-BC Budget Guidelines for Consulting Engineering Services - Buildings Projects - 2009 1.0 2009-06-01

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Civil and Transportation Infrastructure

Professional Practice Guideline Video Current Version Published Date
Developing Climate Change-Resilient Designs for Highway Infrastructure in British Columbia 2.0 2020-07-09
Retaining Wall Design 1.1 2020-02-25
Assessment of Groundwater at Risk of Containing Pathogens (GARP) 1.0 2019-07-16
ACEC-BC Budget Guidelines for Engineering Services - Document 1 Infrastructure and Transportation 1.0 2018-07-01
Onsite Sewerage Systems 1.3 2018-05-24
Performance-Based Seismic Design of Bridges in BC 1.0 2018-05-23
Legislated Dam Safety Reviews in BC 3.0 2016-10-01
Site Characterization for Dam Foundations in BC 1.2 2016-10-01

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Equipment Safety

Professional Practice Guideline Video Current Version Published Date
Annual Equipment Inspection and Certification in British Columbia 1.0 2020-01-23

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Practice Advisory Video Current Version Published Date
Contractual Provisions Regarding Retention and Disclosure of Project Documentation 1.0 2021-03-25
Professional Practice Guideline Video Current Version Published Date
Expert Witness Guidelines 1.1 2016-07-01
Human Rights and Diversity Guidelines 1.0 2016-04-15
Sustainability Guidelines 1.1 2016-04-01
Shop Drawings 2.0 2015-01-01
Intellectual Property 3.0 2009-06-01

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High Technology

Professional Practice Guideline Video Current Version Published Date
Development of Safety Critical Software 1.0 2020-07-16

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Natural Hazards

Professional Practice Guideline Video Current Version Published Date
Legislated Flood Assessments in a Changing Climate in BC 2.1 2018-08-28
Seismic Retrofit Guidelines 3.0 2018-07-07
Flood Mapping in BC 1.0 2017-01-01
Legislated Landslide Assessments for Proposed Residential Development in BC 3.0 2010-05-01

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Natural Resources

Practice Advisory Video Current Version Published Date
Professional Roles and Responsibilities for the Life Cycle of Forest Road Crossings 1.0 2019-08-12
Professional Practice Guideline Video Current Version Published Date
Watershed Assessment and Management of Hydrologic and Geomorphic Risk in the Forest Sector 1.0 2020-01-14
Legislated Riparian Assessments in BC 1.1 2017-07-01
Professional Services in the Forest Sector – Crossings 2.0 2014-06-01
Professional Services in the Forest Sector – Forest Roads 1.0 2012-06-01
Professional Services in the Forest Sector – Terrain Stability Assessments 2.0 2010-10-01
Management of Terrain Stability in the Forest Sector 1.0 2008-09-01

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Request for Consideration of Other Guidelines

As part of its mandate to protect the public interest by setting and maintaining professional practice standards, Engineers and Geoscientists BC works with experts in their fields to develop professional practice guidelines for its registrants. Such guidelines establish, among other things, the minimum scope of services on a project, and define the roles and responsibilities of involved stakeholders.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC occasionally receives requests to develop additional guidelines for specialized engineering or geoscience projects. While the need to establish benchmarks for professional engineering and geoscience excellence is recognized, the development of highly specialized guidelines requires significant resources (including professional expertise, time, and administrative support), and may not be justified if they apply to only a small subset of the organization's registrants.

Should there be a reasonable demand for a guideline currently not in place in BC but in use in another engineering and/or geoscience jurisdiction in Canada, staff will review the guideline to determine its potential suitability for use by BC registrants.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC recommends the following procedure for requesting specialized engineering or geoscience guidelines:

  • Review the list of guidelines available,
  • If a guideline from outside BC is available, contact Engineers and Geoscientists BC to request a review of the document,
  • If a reasonable demand for a guideline is requested from various registrants, Engineers and Geoscientists BC will investigate and review the guideline topic to determine its suitability for use by registrants of the organization, and
  • If a guideline is required but does not exist on the list, contact Engineers and Geoscientists BC, describing the need for the guideline. The organization will consider whether or not to initiate the development of the guideline.

Further information regarding sourcing specialized engineering and/or geoscience guidelines can be obtained by contacting Lindsay Steele, P.Geo., Associate Director, Professional Practice at 604.412.6056 (toll free at 1.888.430.8035 ext 6056) or by email at [email protected].