2. What are the penalties for practicing professional engineering in The Bahamas without a valid license?
Any individual practicing professional engineering without a valid registration certificate commits an offence under the
Professional Engineers Act 2004, and is subject to fine and imprisonment. If the offender offers professional engineering services to the public,
additional penalties would apply in accordance with the appropriate provisions of the Business License Act and the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, and
their associated amendments.
Professional Engineers Board
The Commonwealth of The Bahamas
#3 21st Century Road
P.O. Box N-3817
Nassau, New Providence
Telephone: (242) 328-3574
6. Who may apply under the BIPE or Grandfather Clause?
The deadline for consideration of a new application under Section 9.2 subsections (c) and (e) under the Act was June 24, 2010. Applicants seeking registration may no longer qualify for registration under these subsections.
7. When will notification of registration be issued?
The Board will notify Applicants by mail within 30 days after determination of an application. The public will be notified of the names of approved engineers entered into the Register of Professional Engineers posting in the official Gazette publication in accordance with the Act.
8. Can a foreign engineer practice professional engineering in The Bahamas?
A foreign engineer may be authorized to practice professional engineering within The Bahamas if approved for registration
upon application as a Temporary Engineer. The foreign engineer must be associated with and work through a Bahamas-registered Professional
Engineer. The application for temporary registration must be associated with a specific project, and may be approved for a maximum term of six
months. Other requirements are described in Sections (9), (10) and (11) of the Act. Please consult the Board’s official website at
www.pebahamas.org for further information and requirements.
11. Once approved how long is my registration valid?
All registration certificates expire on the 31st of December of each year. Registered engineers are required to submit an application for renewal of their license. An engineer’s registration may be renewed if upon application: (1) they remain in good standing (i.e no outstanding disciplinary complaints, actions or orders), (2) all fees are current and paid, and (3) continuing education requirements have been met, and (4) there is no substantial change in qualification status in accordance with Sections 9 and 10 of the Act.
12. How do I minimize queries and delays to review and approval my application?
It is recommended that in order to minimize queries and processing delays Applicants thoroughly review the Act and its amendments, the requisite application forms, and the FAQs prior to making application. Application submissions should be complete, and all required signed original or notarized documents and photographs must be included. Application fees must be included with the submission. If fees are not paid in full, the application will not be processed, and may be returned without further consideration.
19. What are the requirements for continuing education?
All registered engineers would be required to complete continuing education requirements in accordance with renewal guidelines. These requirements are currently being developed and will be included in the Regulations published well in advance of the 2012 renewal cycle.
23. I did not know that the law was being enforced – what must I do?
The Professional Engineers Act was enacted in 2004, and enforcement is underway. All persons must comply in accordance with the Act. The Board encourages engineers, employers of engineers, project/facility owners and the general public to consult our website at www.pebahamas.org, for information.