Engineering and geoscience are regulated professions in Canada in which the right to practice is reserved for registrants of the regulatory body. This means that if you are engaging in professional engineering or professional geoscience in Canada, you must either:
- Be registered as a professional engineer or professional geoscientist in the province or territory in which you are working, or
- Work under the direct supervision of someone who is a registered professional engineer or professional geoscientist in the province or territory in which you are working.
It is the responsibility of each province and territory to register the professionals offering services in their jurisdiction. In BC, this is done by Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia. Provincial and territorial organizations are linked through Engineers Canada and Geoscientists Canada. Engineers and Geoscientists BC strives to set and maintain high academic, experience, and professional practice standards. These standards work to protect public health, safety, and welfare.
As a registrant of Engineers and Geoscientists BC, you will have access to a variety of information and resources to help further your knowledge and develop your career. These include:
- Subscription for Innovation magazine and regular news updates via email
- Continuing Education Resources
- Employment resources
- Affinity Program discounts (insurance, financial, travel, mobile phone, and other services)
- Eligibility for outstanding technical, professional, and community service awards
As a professional registrant, you will receive a professional certificate and stamp. The stamp allows you to sign and seal documentation that you believe upholds the paramount safety of society and the well-being of the environment.
All registrants and trainees are also given a professional designation to use after their name, including P.Eng., P.Geo., EIT or GIT. These designations are recognized in Canada, the United States, and many other international countries.