APEGS has a statutory obligation to safeguard the public by ensuring the proficiency and competency of members in the practice of professional engineering and professional geoscience. APEGS has the legal right and requirement to restrict the practice of professional engineering and professional geoscience in Saskatchewan to licensed individuals and companies. There are two aspects of self-regulation required to fulfill this obligation:
- Registration: Qualified persons are registered and licensed as members and are bound by The Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act and The Engineering and Geoscience Professions Regulatory Bylaws, which contain the Code of Ethics in section 20.
- Prohibition: Non-members, who may be unqualified, are prohibited from engaging in the practice of professional engineering or professional geoscience and from using protected titles.
Violators of the Prohibition sections of The Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act are prosecuted in the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan.
Scope of Practice
If you are practicing engineering or geoscience in Saskatchewan, you are required to become a member of APEGS. The following scope of practice rules apply:
- No person who is not a member of APEGS shall hold himself or herself out as being a member.
- No person who is not a licensed professional engineer shall engage in the practice of professional engineering.
- No person who is not a licensed professional geoscientist shall engage in the practice of professional geoscience.
Exceptions to scope of practice can be found in section 28(1) of The Engineering and Geosciences Professions Act.
Protection of “Title”
Only professional engineers may use the official engineering titles “Professional Engineer”, “Engineer”, “Consulting Engineer” or the abbreviation “P.Eng.” to imply that he or she is a professional engineer.
Only professional geoscientists may use the official geoscience titles “Professional Geoscientist”, “Geoscientist”, “Consulting Geoscientist” or the abbreviation “P.Geo.” to imply that he or she is a professional geoscientist.
No sole proprietor, partnership, association of persons or corporation shall use the word or phrase “engineer”, “engineering”, “P.Eng.” “consulting engineer”, “P.Geo.”, “consulting geoscientist” or “geoscience” without the written authorization of APEGS to imply that the sole proprietor, partnership, association of persons or corporation, or any of its members are professional engineers or professional geoscientists.
Correct Use of Titles
Title use can vary between provinces and countries. The following are correct and incorrect ways to use titles in Saskatchewan:
|PENG, P.E., PE
|Eng. Lic., Eng.L.
|Geo.Lic., Geo.L., Geo-Science Licensee
How to Determine if a Person is Licensed
APEGS has an online register that is accessible to the public, this register can be accessed to search for members either by their personal name or by the name of the company for which they work.
Glossary of Terms
Licensed – Member is Licensed to Practice
Waiver – Member has Obtained a Waiver of Annual Licence; Member is Not Currently Licensed to Practice
Administrative Suspension – Member is Not Currently Licensed to Practice
Not Practising – Member is a Life-Member and Not Licensed to Practice