Qualified Professional (QP) Status Listing

Qualified Professional Status:  A Definition

ASTTBC members in good standing currently registered as Applied Science Technologists (AScT) are considered to have ‘Qualified Professional’ status in a number of disciplines, specific to a scope of practice and which are defined by Government Acts and Regulations.

Recognition within these Government Acts and Regulations identifies certified technologists as individuals who can perform specific work as a ‘Qualified Person’.

It is incumbant on the individual to ensure that they indeed meet the requirements of each regulation as required by the Province of British Columbia, and/or Authorities Having Jurisdiction prior to performing the work.

Areas of AScT Practice Reconized for ‘Qualified Professional’

Qualified Professional (QP) or Qualified Persons are recognized in a number of practice areas as authorized persons to perform specific work. These include specific activities in the following regulated areas:

  • Landfill Gas Management including landfill assessment, recommendations and reporting;
  • Municipal Wastewater Regulation including wastewater facility designs, plans and studies;
  • Reclamation Specialists who conduct activities associated with reclamation, habitats and impacts to habitats, etc.;
  • Qualified Environmental Professionals (QEP) in relation to Riparian Area Regs;
  • Qualified Professional as recognized by the Ministry of Transportation in areas related to Highway Design. Specifically, in the MoT 2012 Standards for Highway Construction in the areas of Quality Control (QC Manager), Section 502 Asphalt Pavement Construction (EPS), Section 508 Graded Aggregate Seal Coat (EPS), and Section 515 Hot-In-Place Recycled Asphalt Pavement (EPS).
  • Electrical Work Practitioners recognized under the BC Safety Authority Electrical Safety Manager to perform limited scope electrical work related only to discipline and training;
  • An Electrical Field Safety Representative (FSR) under the Safety Standards Act to supervise Class A, Class B or Class C electrical work performed by qualified individuals.

For a summary table outlining the above areas of QP Status and corresponding links to the BC Government regulations, CLICK HERE.

Areas of ASTTBC TECHNICAL SPECIALIST Practice Reconized for ‘Qualified Professional’

Certain ASTTBC members registered in various TECHNICAL SPECIALIST areas of practice are considered to be a Qualified Professional (QP) based on provincial or municipal jurisdictions. These QPs are recognized in a number of practice areas and may perform specific work provided the individual carries recognized credentials issued and administered by ASTTBC.

These include specific activities in the following regulated areas for Technical Specialists:

  • Registered Fire Protection Technicians (RFPT) – fire protection equipment inspection and testing recognized in 21 different jurisdictions in BC.
  • House Inspection (CHI) – Residential home inspectors, new and pre-owned homes. Certified by ASTTBC and licensed through the Consumer Protection BC.
  • Onsite Wastewater Practitioner (ROWP) – Planning, installation, and inspection of small onsite wastewater systems. Registration as an ROWP is required in order to perform work in accordance with the Sewerage System Regulation (SSR).
  • Site Improvements Surveying (RSIS) – ASTTBC Registered Site Improvements Surveyors may perform work as qualified and allowed through exclusions prescribed by an MOU w/ the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors (ABCLS).
  • Electrical Work Practitioner – Limited scope electrical work related only to discipline and training.

For a summary table outlining the above areas of QP Status and corresponding links to the BC Government Regulations, CLICK HERE.

A Conceptual Professional Reliance Framework for AScT Practice in BC

ASTTBC and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) approved the recommendations in a joint Report addressing AScT recognition as a Qualified Person.  The Councils of APEGBC and ASTTBC have agreed:

  1. To set up a Joint Board
  2. The Joint Board will consider areas where an AScT might be recognized as a QP and make recommendations to the Councils of APEGBC and ASTTBC
  3. The proposed Professional Technologist (PTech) will be ‘put aside’ for now

The full Report: APEGBC-ASTTBC-AppliedTechnologistsConcept-Report pdf

The Joint Board Terms of Reference:  ASTTBC-APEGBC Joint Board Terms of Reference-Approved Sept 2012