Professional Practice Guidelines

The practices of professional engineering and professional geoscience are both broad and specialized. APEGBC produces guideline 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 APEGBC members and licensees can meet their professional obligations under the Engineers and Geoscientists Act.

All professional practice guidelines are authored by subject matter experts and reviewed by a variety of stakeholders depending on the nature of the guideline. While a number of guidelines are printed for dissemination, some guidelines, because of their nature and length, are only available digitally. All guidelines are posted below.

BC Building Code and Related

AIBC-APEGBC Member Advisory - Revised Letters of Assurance in the BC Building Code

*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 and Geotechnical Challenges Guide >
Statement of Compliance under Pool Regulation >

Forestry, Natural Resources and Hazards

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 >
Legislated Landslide Assessments for Proposed Residential Development in British Columbia >
Legislated Riparian Assessments in BC >
Legislated Flood Assessments in a Changing Climate in BC >
Flood Mapping in BC >


Site Characterization for Dam Foundations in British Columbia >
Legislated Dam Safety Reviews in BC >
Onsite Sewerage Guidelines >


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 >


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 >


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 >

Guidelines from Other Groups

Listing of Guidelines from Other Jurisdictions >
ACEC-BC Consulting Engineers Fee Guideline >
Bulletin 34: Building Envelope Services - Appropriate Professional Practice & Model Schedules C & C-D >
Infraguide Best Practice Report - Decision Making and Investment Planning: Selecting a Professional Consultant >
SEABC Earthquake Fact Sheet >
AMEBC Safety Guidelines for Mineral Exploration in Western Canada >
Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) Best Practice Guidelines >
BC Securities Commission – NI43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects >

Technical Bulletins

2006 BC Building Code >
Addressing Smoke and CO Control in Elevator Machine Rooms >
Assessment of Seismic Slope Stability >
Caution Advised on Non-Endorsed Letters of Assurance >
Engineering Modifications to Fire Tested and Listed Assemblies >
Members Reminded to use Stamps or Seals >
Steel Stud Thickness in Non-Loadbearing Fire-Rated Assemblies >

Request for Consideration of Other Guidelines

As part of its mandate to protect the public interest by setting and maintaining professional practice standards, APEGBC works with experts in their fields to develop professional practice guidelines for its members. APEGBC's Professional Practice Committee (PPC) reviews all engineering and/or geoscience guidelines for consistency with association Bylaws and issues that affect the practices of 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.

APEGBC 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 APEGBC members.

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, the PPC will review the guideline to determine its potential suitability for use by BC members.

APEGBC 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 APEGBC to request a review of the document.
  • If a reasonable demand for a guideline is requested from various members, the APEGBC will investigate and review the guideline topic to determine its suitability for use by members of APEGBC.
  • If a guideline is required but does not exist on the list, contact APEGBC, describing the need for the guideline. APEGBC  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 Peter Mitchell, P.Eng., Director, Professional Practice, Standards and 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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