Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Decision - Contaminated Sites Practice in BC
In April 2016 BCIA submitted a letter to the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) requesting that Professional Agrologists be considered and accepted to practice in a MOTI professional work area, specifically into the Registration, Identification, Selection and Performance (RISP) Category 10-90: Contamination and Remediation. This category was previously limited to qualified professionals with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) having either P.Eng. or P.Geo. designations.
On May 16, 2017, BCIA received the following decision:
Work in this category may be completed by others (BCIA, or other registered professionals in BC) under the supervision, sign and seal of an APEGBC or Contaminated Sites Approved Professionals (CSAP) registered professional who takes responsibility for that work, and any design work will still need to be performed by a member of APEGBC.
This decision expands the practice to include CSAP professionals of which there are 11 P.Ags on the roster. The decision, however, continues to recognize all APEGBC members as approved as compared to BCIA members who have not gone through the CSAP registration process.
Of the 38 areas of practice for our professional agrologist, the area Contaminated Sites Assessment and Remediation is the fastest growing and likely soon to be one of the most populated practice areas. BCIA have highlighted to MOTI that our members are competent in the practice of contaminated sites investigations and remediation, meeting the competency requirements set under BC Ministry of Environment who recognizes members in BCIA and other institutes such as the College of Applied Biology, and ACPBC (Chemists of BC). In fact, our membership meets the federal competency of this practice, under Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Z768-01 and Z769-00 assessment protocols for Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, respectively. Competencies for assessors are defined by those who demonstrate knowledge gained through an appropriate combination of relevant and formal education, training, skills, and experience to perform technically sound and rational assessment reports. CSA Z769-00 defines the lead assessor (or person who signs the report) to be a professional engineer, a geoscientist, or a member of any other relevant, government-accredited, self-regulating body. BCIA falls within this designation.
BCIA plans on discussing this decision further with MOTI to further investigate the rationale for the decision that was made. It is clear that with other Ministries BCIA members practicing in the Contaminated Sites Assessment and Remediation area of practice have not seen these restrictions and thus the MOTI decision is questionable.