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RESERVED Title

The Engineering and Geosciences Professions (EGP) Act states that no individual, corporation, or other entity shall represent that it is entitled to engage in the practice of engineering or geoscience unless they are licenced by APEGA to do so. This includes the use of specific reserved titles named in the Act, as well as more general use of titles or words that could mislead the public based on specific context and usage. For individuals, licensure is achieved by becoming a Professional Member of APEGA. For corporations or other entities, licensure is achieved by obtaining a valid Permit to Practice issued by APEGA. It is important to note that licensure in another jurisdiction does not entitle the holder to use reserved titles in Alberta.

 


 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

For the same reason that a person seeking treatment at a medical facility should expect that the person using the title “Doctor” is a licensed medical doctor, people seeking services from an individual or company purporting to practice engineering or geoscience should also receive professional service from licensed practitioners.

RESERVED TITLES UNDER THE EGP ACT

LEARNING MORE

If this overview has not resolved all of your questions or concerns about reserved titles, please have a look through our FAQ’s or contact any member of the Compliance Department directly; it is our pleasure to work with you to ensure that you or any party you are concerned about are well informed and in compliance with statute.

 

TITLES SPECIFICALLY RESERVED BY STATUTE
FOR APEGA MEMBERS– INDIVIDUALS

The following titles are specifically reserved for professional members of APEGA by statute and may not be used in in any context in Alberta by anyone who is not licensed by APEGA.

Professional Engineer P. Eng., or any other abbreviation
Professional Geologist P. Geol., or any other abbreviation
Professional Geophysicist P. Geoph., or any other abbreviation
Professional Geoscientist P. Geo.,or any other abbreviation
Professional Licensee (Eng/Geol/Geoph/Geo) Or any other abbreviation

TITLES SPECIFICALLY RESERVED BY STATUTE
FOR PERMIT HOLDERS – CORPORATIONS

No corporation or other entity may be incorporated or registered with the words “engineering”, “geology”, “geophysics”, or “geoscience”, or their abbreviations, in Alberta.

 

TITLES GENERALLY RESERVED BY STATUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS

APEGA generally recommends that unless a person is a professional member of APEGA, they should avoid using the words “engineer”, “geologist”, “geophysicist”, or “geoscientist” in any position title or representation to ensure that they remain in compliance with statute and to ensure that no one is misled by their title. This is because the EGP Act prohibits unlicensed individuals or companies from using titles that represent or imply that they are entitled to engage in the practice of engineering or geoscience. In determining if a title is compliant with this part of the statute, it is common to look at both the CONTEXT and the USAGE of the title.

Some exceptions to the rule do exist – click here for exceptions.

A sample of some position titles to avoid unless you are licensed

  • Civil Engineer

  • Sales Engineer

  • Pipeline Engineer

  • Chief Geophysicist

  • Wellsite Geologist

  • Exploration Geoscientist

  • Field Engineer

  • Senior Geoscientist

  • Field Geologist

  • Reservoir Engineer

To illustrate how context and usage are evaluated, if a person working for a design firm uses the position title “Mechanical Engineer”, the context (design) and the use of the word “engineer” combined with the word “mechanical”, which is a recognized field of engineering, could easily lead a reasonable person to believe the title user is entitled to practice engineering. Alternately, if a person working in a bakery uses the position title “Cupcake Engineer”, the context (bakery) and the use of the word “engineer” combined with the word “cupcake” is unlikely to lead a reasonable person to believe that the title user is entitled to practice engineering.

OTHER REPRESENTATIONS PROHIBITED BY STATUTE

The EGP Act prohibits individuals and corporations from making any representation, expressly or by implication that they are entitled to engage in the practice of engineering or geoscience.

A sample of some representations to avoid unless you are licensed

  • “Talk to our engineering team about your design needs.”

  • “My/our professional services include: Engineering, drafting, etc.”

  • “Services offered: engineering, etc.”

  • “Our engineers provide economical and practical solutions to your design needs”

  • “John Doe, C. Eng., Structural Designer”

  • “Our team of reservoir specialists uses the latest in geological techniques to identify reserves.”

APPROPRIATE TITLE USE FOR ENGINEERS AND GEOSCIENTIST IN TRAINING, LICENSEES, APPLICANTS, & TECHNOLOGISTS

APEGA has several classes of membership in addition to professional membership. Some classes of members are entitled to use titles that would generally be reserved by statue for professional members as long as they make it clear at all times that they are not professional engineers or geoscientists.

Classes of APEGA member who can use the word “engineer”, “geologist”, “geophysicist” or “geoscientist” in a position title.

  • Engineers in Training • Geoscientists in Training

  • Provisional Licensees • Professional Licensees

  • Life Members

Acceptable form of title use: Example:

Member Name, APEGA Designation
Position Title

John Doe, P. Lic. (Eng.)
Civil Engineer

Technologists or engineering school graduates who are not members of APEGA in the categories listed above should not use the words “engineer”, “geology”, “geophysics” or “geoscientist” in their position titles unless it is in the context of “engineering technologist”, “geological technologist”, etc.

Power Engineers, Train Engineers, and Others

Some individuals can use specific titles that include the word “engineer” in Alberta without typically being opposed by APEGA. 

  • Individuals holding a valid license in accordance with the Power Engineers Regulation when using the title on their license.  These include:

    - Power Engineers
    - Shift Engineers
    - Assistant Engineers

  • Train Engineers who operate locomotives and who are appropriately licensed or certified by the Government of Canada or appropriate regulatory body when using their given title.

  • Flight Engineers, Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, or Marine Engineers who are appropriately licensed or certified by the Government of Canada or appropriate regulatory body when using their given title.

  • Sound, Mixing, or Audio Engineers whose work or activities are limited exclusively to the entertainment industry.

Any individual who uses the titles listed above for the purpose of causing someone to believe that they are entitled to engage in the practice of engineering would be considered in violation of the EGP Act and subject to enforcement action by APEGA.

 

Learning More

 

If this overview has not resolved all of your questions or concerns about reserved titles, please have a look through our FAQ’s or contact any member of the Compliance Department directly; it is our pleasure to work with you to ensure that you or any party you are concerned about are well informed and in compliance with statute.