APEGBC Professional Registration on Hold

Just as I thought I was one step closer to PEng, after completing my Professional Practice Exam this morning, I was confronted with this news…

Ruling halts accreditation for engineers in B.C.

A court challenge by a spurned engineer from the former Soviet Union has halted accreditation of his fellow professionals in B.C. As a result, newly qualified engineers and geoscientists will likely have to wait until early 2008 before they can receive their P.Eng. (professional engineer) of P.Geo. (professional geoscientist) designations.

Looks like they either need to implement a new bylaw or change some words in the act.

Each month of delay will affect registrations of about 90 professional engineers and 12 professional geoscientists.In the meantime, APEGBC hopes to introduce temporary limited licensing.

From the association’s website, some more details…

Connections – APEGBC News Headlines – Court Determines 51-year old Bylaw is Invalid

Section 13(1)(c) of the Engineers and Geoscientists Act indicates that Council sets the criteria for acceptable experience and articulates these requirements through the bylaws of the Association. Correspondingly, Bylaw 11(e)(2) states that:
“11 (e) Registration as a full member of the Association may be granted to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada when Council is satisfied that the applicant is of good character and repute and: (2) has 4 years’ experience, training and development in engineering or geoscience satisfactory to the Council.
The presiding judge in the case ruled that Bylaw 11(e)(2) is invalid because it is not explicit enough in defining what kind, and how much experience is required. Section 13 (1)(c) of the Act notes that experience requirements are established by the bylaws, whereas the corresponding bylaw, Bylaw 11 (e)(2), notes that the 4 years’ experience requirement is at the discretion of Council, thus establishing a circular relationship between the Act and the bylaws.

Thankfully, the association is still processing applications, so hopefully the delay is not administrative as well as legal.

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Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.