Toronto, ON — A three-phase implementation plan designed to enhance the limited licence provisions under the Professional Engineers Act has been endorsed by the councils of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).
This initiative follows recommendations made by a PEO task group established to study the licensing of suitably qualified engineering technologists to practise engineering in Ontario, and whose recommendations regarding the limited licence were approved by PEO Council in 2002.
"Moving forward with this implementation plan demonstrates PEO’s continuing commitment to allowing qualified certified engineering technologists to practise professional engineering within a defined scope in Ontario," says PEO president George R. Comrie, P.Eng., CMC. "It also furthers PEO’s mandate of regulating the practice of professional engineering so that the public interest is protected by encouraging greater numbers of C.E.T.s to become licensed for the engineering work they do." The first phase of the endorsed plan involves:
adopting a "gold card" approach to achieve faster limited licence processing for applying OACETT members, wherein OACETT will become expert in the requirements for licensure under the existing legislation and assist its members in providing all the necessary information;
identifying the services within the practice of professional engineering to which the
limited licence is likely to apply;
creating an oversight group to monitor execution of the implementation plan; and the earmarking of funds annually to prepare for regulatory and legislative changes for
full implementation in the future.
"This is significant because it means that qualified technologists will be licensed to provide professional engineering services to the public," says Robin Dunn, C.E.T., president of OACETT.
Technologists currently may apply for and obtain a limited licence from PEO, which allows them to accept responsibility for professional engineering within the defined limits of their licence. Under the approved plan, however, the limited licensing process will be made easier to understand and access.
L.E.T. A NEW DESIGNATION
In addition, a new designation of licenced engineering technologist (L.E.T.) will be made available as a special class of limited licence for C.E.T.s, subject to enabling legislation and regulation changes. Under the scenario, all limited licence holders, including L.E.T.s, would also be eligible to apply for a PEO Certificate of Authorization, which would authorize them to offer or provide to the public professional engineering services within their defined scopes of practice.
"We are committed to working with the engineering profession to recognize and manage overlapping areas of engineering practice," adds Angelo Innocente, C.E.T., past-president of OACETT and a partner in an engineering firm. "As part of the engineering team, we support working with PEO to maintain and enhance public safety."
Professional Engineers Ontario administers the Professional Engineers Act by licensing professional engineers, and setting standards for and regulating engineering in Ontario so that the public interest is served and protected. Rigorously educated, experienced, and committed to a Code of Ethics that puts the public first, licensed professional engineers can be identified by the P.Eng. after their names.
The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists is the certifying body for over 22,000 engineering technology professionals in Ontario. OACETT is a self-governing professional association that functions under the OACETT Act for the purposes of protecting public safety, governing its members and providing a wide range of member benefits and services.