Professional Practice Guidelines

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BC Building Code and Related:

*AIBC/APEGBC Practice Note 16:  Professional Design and Field Review by Supporting Registered Professionals (including Model Schedules S-B and S-C) >
*AIBC/APEGBC Practice Note 16 was developed jointly between APEGBC and AIBC resulting in one Model Schedules S-B and S-C for the use of all Registered Professionals.  APEGBC Bulletin K deals with a range of issues related to the use of Letters of Assurance by professional engineers and licensees.  It has been updated to reflect the recent changes to the Letters of Assurance in the BCBC.

Building Enclosure Design Guide >
Building Enclosure Engineering Services >

*Bulletin: K: BCBC - Letters of Assurance in the BC Building Code and

  Due Diligence >

 *Note: For projects requiring the submission of LOAs under the VBB please refer to the LOA in the VBB. 

Designing Guards for Buildings >
Electrical Engineering Services for Building Projects >
Fire Protection Engineering Services for Building Projects >
Geotechnical Engineering Services for Building Projects >
Guide to the Letters of Assurance >
Mechanical Engineering Services for Building Projects >
Housing Foundations & Geotechnical Challenges Guide >
Statement of Compliance under Pool Regulation >


Site Characterization for Dam Foundations in British Columbia >
Legislated Dam Safety Reviews in BC >
Legislated Flood Assessments in a Changing Climate in BC >
Legislated Landslide Assessments for Proposed Residential Development in British Columbia >
Onsite Sewerage Guidelines >


Management of Terrain Stability in the Forest Sector >
Professional Services in the Forest Sector - Crossings >
Professional Services in the Forest Sector - Forest Roads >
Professional Services in the Forest Sector - Terrain Stability Assessments >


APEGBC/ACEC-BC Budget Guidelines for Consulting Engineering Services (2009) >
Intellectual Property >
Shop Drawings >
Sustainability Guidelines >
Expert Witness Guidelines >
Professional Responsibilities for the Design and Installation of Elevating Devices in New Buildings >
Human Rights and Diversity Guidelines >


Bulletin: H - Professional Liability Insurance >
Bulletin: H-1 - General Outline of a Typical Professional Liability Insurance Program >
Bulletin: H-2 - Choosing a Professional Liability Insurer >


Professional Structural Engineering Services for Part 3 Building Projects >
Professional Structural Engineering Services for Part 9 Buildings >
Structural Design Issues for Housing and Small Buildings in British Columbia - Information for Local Authorities, Homeowners and Developers >
Technical and Practice Bulletin - Structural, Fire Protection and Building Envelope Professional Engineering Services for 5 and 6 Storey Wood Frame Residential Building Projects > 
Seismic Retrofit Guidelines >

Guidelines from Other Associations

ACEC-BC Consulting Engineers Fee Guideline >
Bulletin 34: Building Envelope Services - Appropriate Professional Practice & Model Schedules C & C-D >
Engineers Canada National Guidelines on Environment and Sustainability >
Infraguide Best Practice Report - Decision Making and Investment Planning: Selecting a Professional Consultant >
Listing of Guidelines from Other Jurisdictions >
SEABC Earthquake Fact Sheet >

Request for Consideration of Other Guidelines

As part of its mandate to consider issues of relevance to members who provide consulting engineering and geoscience services to the public, APEGBC's Consulting Practice Committee (CPC) reviews engineering or geoscience guidelines for consistency with association Bylaws and issues that affect the practices of consulting engineers and geoscientists in BC. Such guidelines establish, among other things, the minimum scope of services on a project, and define the roles and responsibilities of involved stakeholders.

The CPC occasionally receives requests to develop additional guidelines for specialized engineering or geoscience projects. While the need to establish benchmarks for professional engineering/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 APEGBC members.

As an alternative, the CPC maintains a resource of guidelines currently available through APEGBC, other provincial and territorial engineering/geoscience associations, Engineers Canada and Geoscientists Canada. Those guidelines issued by a particular engineering or geoscience jurisdiction are only approved for use in the province or territory in which they are published.

Documents identified as being issued by Engineers Canada and Geoscientists Canada are published so as to achieve coordination among its constituent member associations. Such documents are an expression of general guiding principles which have a broad basis of consensus, and with the exception of National Instrument 43-101 and 51-101, these documents are advisory and are provided for information and guidance only.

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

APEGBC recommends the following procedure for sourcing specialized engineering or geoscience guidelines:

  1. Review the list of guidelines available.
  2. If a guideline from outside BC is available, contact APEGBC to request a review of the document.
  3. If a reasonable demand for a guideline is requested from various members, the CPC will investigate and review the guideline to determine it's suitability for use by members of APEGBC. If appropriate, CPC will then make a recommendation for APEGBC to adopt the guideline for use by members.
  4. If a guideline is required but does not exist on the list, contact APEGBC, describing the need for the guideline.
  5. The CPC will evaluate the request. Depending on the results of a needs assessment and the resources required to develop a new guideline, the CPC will consider whether or not to initiate the development of the guideline, using existing guidelines produced by APEGBC as a model.

Further information regarding sourcing specialized engineering or geoscience guidelines can be obtained by contacting Peter Mitchell, P.Eng., Director, Professional Practice, Standards & Development at 604.412.4853 (Toll free at 1.888.430.8035 ext 4853) or by email at

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Questions regarding the APEGBC Organizational Quality Management Program may be directed to:

Kelly Dayman
Organizational Quality Management Administrator
Phone: 604.639.8184
Toll-free:  1.888.430.8035 ext. 8184

Lina Bowser
Manager, Quality Assurance Programs
Phone: 604.412.4862
Toll-free:  1.888.430.8035 ext. 4862
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