Professional Practice Guidelines
BC Building Code and Related:
Guidelines from Other Associations
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:
- Review the list of guidelines available.
- If a guideline from outside BC is available, contact APEGBC to request a review of the document.
- 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.
- If a guideline is required but does not exist on the list, contact APEGBC, describing the need for the guideline.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.