Your right to title and the right to practice are considered significant contributions to society. Your Association carries out the EGP Act and reserve the titles such as:
including any sort of variation of the above that may mislead the public.
The Associations protect these titles and deem them a useful and quality control signal to the public. When dealing with a geoscientist or engineer, the public and be comfortable that it is a person who is professional, ethical and competent. This confidence is managed with training and experience requirements.
It is safe for the public to assume the individuals or companies that use the title engineer or geoscientist conduct themselves professionally and ethically. However, this only works if we ensure that only qualified persons use the reserved titles.
A specific reserved "practice" is also very similar and offers very similar benefits and confidence to the public. Individuals and companies cannot simply state and recognize each other as qualified professionals able to practice engineering and geoscience. Your Association has a system of qualifying individuals and companies as competent to practice. This system is administered by an elected group of professionals, the government and a group of the public to ensure fairness and effectiveness.
PROTECTION FOR THE PUBLIC OR THE P. ENG.
A number of people see this concept of reserved titles and practice as some sort of monopoly. However, the benefits to the public are substantial and by far outweigh the benefit of a potential monopoly for members of the Association. Therefore this restriction is considered fair and equitable.
As a thought experiment, consider a member of the public seeking to hire a competent designer to raise a house and replace the foundation. There is significant benefit to the house owner by hiring a firm or individual with an engineering title. Without trust in the title the individual is subject to substantial risk if any organization was allowed to utilize the title.
So keep this in mind as you practice and realize this right to title and the right to practice is something that is precious and respected. If abused it could easily be taken away. Use your title, use your seal as a method of communicating trust.
WHY SHOULD I BECOME A P. ENG. ?
Firstly, and generally most important to most professionals, achieving the professional status is often met with a raise in wages. The second reason is simply that it is required by law. Most students are quite shocked to learn they cannot legally call themselves engineers after they graduate. They simply do not have the right to that title until they register with the correct provincial Association according to the Professional Engineers Act.
The professional engineer or professional geoscientist licence or status demonstrates that you have met a educational requirement, and have been through an structured supervised process and adhere to a strict code of ethics.
Again, use your title proudly and cautiously.
Mike Grossman, P. Eng.