Proposed Amendments to Regulations –
Provisional Licensee

A detailed report on this subject was considered and discussed at the September 2003 meeting of Council. This initiative is intended to provide some official status within APEGGA to an Internationally Trained Engineer, Geologist or Geophysicist who applied to APEGGA for registration or licence. Sister Associations in B.C., Ontario and Newfoundland-Labrador have developed mechanisms to grant status to applicants who are in every other respect qualified, except for a period of up to one year of experience in Canada, practicing engineering, geology or geophysics under supervision of a professional. This concept was also discussed extensively with the Board of Examiners at its June 2003 policy meeting.

A number of policy details were addressed by the Council, and they are summarized as follows:

• Persons under this category would have to practice under supervision and control of a professional member, RPT or licensee.
• They would not be permitted to independently stamp documents or take professional responsibility for their work.
• An appropriate title, provisional licensee, would have to be created.
• A stamp would not be created or issued, but a certificate of this status would be provided.
• They would not be eligible to vote in APEGGA elections or run for office.
• They would have the right to access member benefits sponsored by the association.
• The class or category would be available to all persons, whether or not they were landed immigrants or Canadian citizens, as long as they were legally entitled to work in Canada.
• The provisional license would be valid for a maximum of two years.

Accordingly, approval of the following amendments to the General Regulation will be sought by the membership present and voting at the 2004 Annual General Meeting.

NOTE: The provisional license concept is separate from the other Council initiatives under the “Inclusivity” topic, which are being discussed only at the AGM.

Final Council-Approved Version – Provisional Licence Regulation


A person who meets the following requirements and applies to the Registrar for registration may be registered as a provisional licensee.

(a) the applicant meets the requirements of Section 13(1) except 13(1)(a) and 13(1)(e), and

(b) the Board of Examiners is satisfied that it is appropriate to do so.

(c) the applicant is legally entitled to work in Canada.


A provisional licensee may engage in the practice of engineering, geology or geophysics as the case may be, provided:

(a) such professional practice is under the supervision and control of a professional member or an RPT within the defined scope of practice and

(b) the provisional licensee may not take professional responsibility for any such professional practice.

14.3 A provisional license shall be valid for a period of two years.


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