Reserved Titles

Only PEGNL licensed members and permit holders have the right to use the reserved titles and to represent their entitlement to engage in the practice of engineering or geoscience in Newfoundland & Labrador.Reserved titles include:

  • Professional Engineer, P. Eng., or any other abbreviation of those titles;
  • The word “engineer” in combination with any other name, title description, letter, symbol or abbreviation that implies that they are a PEGNL permit holder or licensed member;
  • Professional Geoscientist, P. Geo., Professional Geologist, P. Geol., Professional Geophysicist, P. Geoph., or any other abbreviation of those titles;
  • The word “geoscientist”, “geologist”, or “geophysicist” in combination with any other name, title, description, letter, symbol or abbreviation that implies that they are a PEGNL permit holder or licensed member;


Individuals

Only those individuals who hold a license with PEGNL have earned the right to use reserved titles.It is important, that job position titles do not imply that an employee is an engineer or geoscientist unless that person is duly licensed.

Compliance looks at both context and usage of titles to see whether the title implies or represents that the individual is capable of practicing engineering or geoscience.For example, if a person is working in a bakery and uses the job position title of “cupcake engineer”, the context (the bakery) and the use of the word “engineer” combined with “cupcake” is unlikely to lead a reasonable person to believe that the title user is entitled to practice engineering.Further this usage also does not endanger the public.

For Fully Licensed PEGNL Members (Professional Members); you are fully licensed and you are entitled to use reserved titles:

  • John Smith, P. Geo., Well-site Geologist
  • Jane Doe, P. Eng., Mechanical Engineer

For Members in Training; you are not fully licensed, but have leave to represent yourself as an engineer or geoscientist as long as you represent yourself in context:

  • John Smith, Civil Engineer-in-Training, E.I.T.
  • Jane Doe, E.I.T., Project Engineer
  • John Doe, G.I.T., Geologist

For PEGNL examinees or for individuals who have applications-in-process; you are not fully licensed, which means you cannot use reserved titles and should represent yourself in context:

  • Jane Doe, Environmental Specialist

For university students; you are not licensed, which means you cannot use reserved titles and should represent yourself in context:

  • John Smith, Civil Engineering Undergraduate Student

For any member of the public who is not practicing engineering or geoscience, here are some alternatives:

  • Jane Doe, Well-site Technician
  • John Smith, Environmental Specialist
  • Jane Doe, Construction Manager


Companies

No partnership, corporation or other entity may be incorporated or registered in Newfoundland & Labrador under a name including the words “engineering”, “geology”, “geophysics”, or “geoscience” or variations of those words, unless it holds and continues a hold a valid PEGNL permit.