Engineering regulators reiterate licensing requirements for those using “software engineer” and other IT titles


OTTAWA (ON), August 26, 2022 /CNW/ – Engineers Canada and the 12 engineering regulators across Canada have co-signed a statement reiterating that the use of titles such as “software engineer”, “computer engineer” and similar titles that prefix “engineer” in computer-related disciplines and practices are limited to those who hold a license as an engineer.

“As the development of computer software and technology grows exponentially, it is more important than ever for the public to know whether the people creating these technologies have the skills, expertise and obligations of an engineer,” said Gerard McDonald, MBA, P.Eng., ICD.D, CEO of Engineers Canada. “The title ‘engineer’ is a protected term and may only be used by persons authorized by one of the from Canada engineering regulators.

The practice of engineering refers to activities that require the application of engineering principles and relate to the safeguarding of life, health, property, economic interests, public welfare or the environment. The regulation of engineering practice holds individuals accountable for the work they do and ensures that engineers provide services in a safe, ethical, and professional manner for public safety. Inaccurate uses of the protected title “engineer” can be misinterpreted and mislead the public.

“In Canada, the title of “engineer” is protected and for good reason. As a society, we don’t allow someone to call themselves a doctor if they are not licensed to practice medicine,” says Jay Nagendran, P.Eng., FCAE, ICD.D, FEC, FGC (Hon.), Registrar and CEO of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. “In the same way, we don’t risk public safety by allowing people to claim they are engineers if they are not licensed. The public trusts engineers and holds them in high esteem, that’s why we as engineering regulators need to protect the title.”

The joint statement demonstrates the commitment of all engineering regulators to use their communication and enforcement capabilities to ensure that individuals do not present themselves as engineers. At its core, the declaration is a demonstration of the unity of all engineering regulators in Canada to ensure that the titular engineer is used appropriately and in service of their public protection mandates.

When regulators learn of an inappropriate use of the engineer title, they will contact the person or company to inform them of the prohibited use. Fines or other enforcement measures may be used.

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