Engineering and geoscience are regulated professions in Canada. This means that if you are working as an engineer or as a geoscientist in Canada, you must either:

  • Be registered as a Professional Engineer or Geoscientist in the province or territory in which you are working; or
  • Work under the direct supervision of someone who is registered as a Professional Engineer or 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 British Columbia, this is done by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. Provincial and territorial associations are linked through Engineers Canada and  Geoscientists Canada. The association strives to set and maintain high academic, experience and professional practice standards. These standards work to protect public health, safety and welfare.

In order to receive your Professional Geologist designation, you must complete certain courses while at UBC. These course requirements go a bit above what is required to obtain your BSc. The APEGBC courses requirements may be found HERE.