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Other Code of Ethics


In the following, practitioners refers to professional engineers, geologists and geophysicists.


Established pursuant to section 20(1)(k) of the Engineering, Geological and Geophysical Professions Act,


Professional engineers, geologists and geophysicists shall recognize that professional ethics is founded upon integrity, competence, dignity and devotion to service. This concept shall guide their conduct at all times.

  1. Practitioners shall, in their areas of practice, hold paramount the health, safety and welfare of the public and have regard for the environment.
  2. Practitioners shall undertake only work that they are competent to perform by virtue of their training and experience.
  3. Practitioners shall conduct themselves with integrity, honesty, fairness and objectivity in their professional activities.
  4. Practitioners shall comply with applicable statutes, regulations and bylaws in their professional practices.
  5. Practitioners shall uphold and enhance the honour, dignity and reputation of their professions and thus the ability of the professions to serve the public interest.

British Columbia

APEGBC Governance and Policies

Act, Bylaws and Code of Ethics

The purpose of the Act, Bylaws and Code of Ethics is to:

Define the Association's mandate;
Outline its governing powers with respect to members and non-members alike; and
Provide general statements regarding principles of ethical conduct to prepare Professional Engineers and Geoscientists for the fulfillment of their duty to the public, the profession and fellow APEGBC members.

Code of Ethics

14 a. The purpose of the code of ethics is to give general statements of the principles of ethical conduct in order that members and licensees may fulfill their duty to the public, to the profession and their fellow members and licensees. Members and licensees shall act at all times with fairness, courtesy and good faith to their associates, employers, employees and clients, and with fidelity to the public needs. They shall uphold the values of truth, honesty and trustworthiness and safeguard human life and welfare and the environment. In keeping with these basic tenets, members and licensees shall:

  1. hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public, the protection of the environment and promote health and safety within the workplace;
  2. undertake and accept responsibility for professional assignments only when qualified by training or experience;
  3. provide an opinion on a professional subject only when it is founded upon adequate knowledge and honest conviction;
  4. act as faithful agents of their clients or employers, maintain confidentiality and avoid a conflict of interest but, where such conflict arises, fully disclose the circumstances without delay to the employer or client;
  5. uphold the principle of appropriate and adequate compensation for the performance of engineering and geoscience work;
  6. keep themselves informed in order to maintain their competence, strive to advance the body of knowledge within which they practice and provide opportunities for the professional development of their associates;
  7. conduct themselves with fairness, courtesy and good faith towards clients, colleagues and others, give credit where it is due and accept, as well as give, honest and fair professional comment;
  8. present clearly to employers and clients the possible consequences if professional decisions or judgments are overruled or disregarded;
  9. report to their association or other appropriate agencies any hazardous, illegal or unethical professional decisions or practices by members, licensees or others; and
  10. extend public knowledge and appreciation of engineering and geoscience and protect the profession from misrepresentation and misunderstanding.

American Society of Civil Engineers

Engeineers shall

  1. hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public and shall strive to comply with the principles of sustainable development in the performance of their professional duties;
  2. perform services only in areas of their competence;
  3. issue public statements only in an objective and truthful manner;
  4. act in professional matters for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustees, and shall avoid conflicts of interest;
  5. build their professional reputation on the merit of their services and shall not compete unfairly with others;
  6. act in such a manner as to uphold and enhance the honor, integrity, and dignity of the engineering profession and shall act with zero-tolerance for bribery, fraud, and corruption; and
  7. continue their professional development throughout their careers, and shall provide opportunities for the professional development of those engineers under their supervision.