When is Authentication by a Licensed Professional Required? | APEGA

When is Authentication by a Licensed Professional Required?

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Follow these steps to determine whether an output of a professional service (i.e., practice of engineering or geoscience) must be authenticated (stamped, signed, and dated) by a licensed professional (i.e., professional engineer, professional geoscientist, professional licensee, or licensee).

1: Determine if the activity falls under the definitions of the practice of engineering or geoscience as per sections 1(q) and 1(r) of the Engineering and Geoscience Professions (EGP) Act.

2: Apply the Three-Part Authentication Test on the output of the professional service activity.

  1. Does the output contain technical information?
  2. Is the technical information complete for the final intended purpose of the output?
  3. Will others rely on the technical information related to the output’s intended purpose?
 

If the answer to all three questions is yes, the output is called a professional work product and must be authenticated by an APEGA licensed professional.

For further details, including methods for authentication, please refer to the APEGA practice standard, Authenticating Professional Work Products.

Practice of engineering means

  • (i) reporting on, advising on, evaluating, designing, preparing plans and specifications for or directing the construction, technical inspection, maintenance or operation of any structure, work or process:
    • (A) that is aimed at the discovery, development or utilization of matter, materials or energy or in any other way designed for the use and convenience of humans, and
    • (B) that requires in that reporting, advising, evaluating, designing, preparation or direction the professional application of the principles of mathematics, chemistry, physics or any related applied subject

Practice of geoscience means

  • (i) reporting, advising, evaluating, interpreting, processing, geoscientific surveying, exploring, classifying reserves or examining related to any activity
    • (A) that relates to the earth sciences or the environment,
    • (B) that is aimed at the discovery or development of oil, natural gas, coal, metallic or non-metallic minerals, precious stones, other natural resources or water or that is aimed at the investigation of surface or subsurface conditions of the earth, and
    • (C) that requires, in that reporting, advising, evaluating, interpreting, processing, geoscientific surveying, exploring, classifying reserves or examining, the professional application of the principles of mathematics, chemistry, physics or biology through the application of the principles of geoscience

How to Know if a Document Must be Authenticated by a Licensed Professional

Download this fact sheet to print View the Authentication Practice Standard